Girls Basketball: Lincoln-Way Central stops Lockport
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media December 17, 2012 11:00PM
Updated: January 19, 2013 6:24AM
As a freshman, Lincoln-Way Central’s Kelsie Foster was a forward who predominantly played inside.
Called up to varsity as a sophomore, she provided an outside shooting spark.
Now a junior, Foster can add another talent to her resume: point guard.
“It’s a very cool transition,” Foster said. “It’s been beneficial for me with my height, but it is hard, too. I’m doing it for my team and myself.”
The 5-foot-10 junior still is adjusting, but as she showed late in Monday’s game against visiting Lockport, the positives are waiting to be tapped.
Driving down the lane with less than a minute to go, Foster dished the ball to a waiting Autumn Schultz for a wide-open bucket under the basket that put Central up five and stopped a Lockport comeback dead in its tracks. The Knights held on for a 52-49 win in the SouthWest Suburban Blue.
“It was an awesome play,” a smiling Foster said. “I drove expecting I would take the shot, but I saw Autumn and gave it to her.”
Sami Wisniewski (12 points), Candace Finnin (11) and Schultz (8) contributed for Central (4-5, 2-2). Lockport (4-5, 1-3) was led by Anna Nowak’s 15 points. Paige Kooi and Naomi Mayes added nine apiece.
An energized Central squad went up by as many as 11 points early in the fourth quarter but struggled to hold the lead. Lockport stayed aggressive, hitting 6-of-8 free throws while shooting just 4-of-15 from the field in the fourth.
Kooi scored inside, on a dish from Mayes, with just over a minute to go to cut the deficit to 50-47. At the other end, though, Foster answered, driving and finding Schultz for her wide-open bucket.
Morgan VanKuiken hit a jumper with less than a second to go for Lockport.
“We had a little more intensity the second half,” Lockport coach Krista Peterson said. “Our defense helped create some offense, but we gave them a lot of opportunities early. That hurt us in the long run.”