Girls Basketball: Lincoln-Way East a Medieval beast
By Tony Baranek email@example.com December 25, 2012 5:08PM
Lincoln-Way East's Meaghan McMahon. | File photo
BRAGGIN’ RIGHT CLASSIC (CINCINNATI)
Local Team: Bolingbrook
Local Team: Minooka
HILLCREST HOLIDAY CLASSIC
Local Teams: Lockport
Local Teams: Coal City, Reed-Custer.
LINCOLN-WAY MEDIEVAL CLASSIC
Local Teams: Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln-Way East, Lincoln-Way West, Plainfield South.
Local Teams: Dwight, Peotone, Wilmington
Local Teams: Plainfield East, Romeoville.
Local Teams: Joliet Central, Plainfield Central, Plainfield North.
Local Team: Seneca
Local Team: Joliet West
Updated: January 27, 2013 6:15AM
Is the champion of this year’s Lincoln-Way Medieval Classic a four-gone conclusion?
Not if you ask the coach of No. 4 Lincoln-Way East, Jim Martin.
“We’ve had a good run,” Martin said, “but we’ve got Andrew on our side now, which brings a little more talent and is good for us.”
Lincoln-Way North and Lincoln-Way Central also are part of the field at the Medieval, one of six holiday tournaments involving area teams that tip off Wednesday.
East made it three Medieval titles in a row last season, beating North 48-33 behind tournament MVP Taylor Johnson.
Johnson has moved on to Loyola University. East, meanwhile, is 8-1 behind the McMahons, Claire and Meaghan. Its only loss came opening night to Marian Catholic.
Martin especially is excited about a third-round meeting with Andrew, which the Griffins haven’t played since the two teams went to opposite sides of the SouthWest Suburban Conference.
“We have not seen them in four or five years,” Martin said. “They’ve got a lot of talent this year, so we’re looking forward to that match-up. We’ve also got Lincoln-Way West, which is a good crossover game. They always get revved up for us.”
Then there is Lincoln-Way North, which Thursday, behind MVP Ashley Weringa, won the Oak Lawn Holiday Tournament for the second year in a row via a 44-31 victory over Sandburg.
A reunion, meanwhile, looms at Montini, where No. 1 Plainfield East and coach Missy Mitidiero could collide with her alma mater, Marian Catholic, in the title game.
“I actually thought they were going to put us on the same side (of the bracket),” Mitidiero said. “But it is what it is. It would be awesome to play them, but if they win all of their games they’ll have to beat Montini first, and Rolling Meadows. So it’s no easy road.
“And we’ve got a lot of competition everywhere we turn, and could have a game where we get beaten or upset. There are a lot of teams with no losses or one loss. It’s going to be really tough.”
The Bengals (12-0) have maintained an unbeaten record and the school’s best-ever start despite the absence of post player Gabby Williams, who is undergoing therapy for a bone chip in one of her knees.
“We may get Gabby back. We’re not sure,” Mitidiero said. “We’re just hoping that she can get cleared by the doctors and so some workouts during this little break. She would be a huge complement if we can get her going.”
No. 5 Romeoville enters Montini at 12-1. The Spartans suffered their first loss of the season in shocking fashion in the first round of the Oak Lawn tourney, when they were beaten 49-29 by Lincoln-Way North. The Spartans rebounded nicely, though, beating Richards and Simeon, then running away from Oak Lawn 53-34 in the third-place game as Kiera Currie and Angelica Osusky had 14 points each.
Road Raiders, etc.
No. 2 Bolingbrook will be the most well-traveled area team over the holiday, competing in the Braggin’ Right Classic at Cincinnati Walnut Hills.
The Raiders open against Cincinnati Winton Woods on Friday and face Kettering (Ohio) Fairmont on Saturday.