By BOB DeVINNEY
It might be stretching it a bit to say that Carl Sandburg College substitute point guard Angel Garcia is 5-foot-5 as is listed on the roster. But when starter Tara Petty fouled out with three minutes left in the game, no one stood taller than Garcia.
Garcia came up big, hitting a 3-pointer with 2:04 left to extend a tentative lead and the Chargers held off Illinois Central, 79-74, to earn a berth in tonight's NJCAA Women's Division II national championship final against Kirkwood (Iowa) at 8 p.m.
"It's stretching it for us to go seven or eight deep," said Carl Sandburg coach Stephen Shearer. "We got in foul trouble early, and had to play extremely cautious and battle through the adversity. There were so many momentum changes. Fortunately, we had them when it counted."