Girls Basketball Notebook: Team play the way for L-W East
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media December 31, 2012 7:42PM
Lincoln-Way East teammates (from left) Natalie Hill, Marissa DeGroot and Dana O'Grady celebrate after winning the Medieval Classic title Saturday. | Jean Lachat~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 2, 2013 6:16AM
Gone is the star power for Lincoln-Way East. Instead, Griffins coach Jim Martin has a team.
“We don’t have that one individual,” Martin said. “No Taylor Johnson, Kelly McGovern or Kersten Magrum. We don’t have that this year. We’re a team, and we’ll do our best to keep winning if we can.”
Heading into the second half of the season, East looks to build on its fifth straight Medieval Classic title after beating Lincoln-Way North for a fourth straight time in the title game.
Meaghan McMahon, who was named tourney MVP, is the Griffins’ only double-digit scorer. Kara Krolicki, Nathalie Hill, Claire McMahon, Marissa DeGroot and Dana O’Grady round out East’s slim six-player rotation.
Martin’s team has relied on its defensive effort and outside shooting. Krolicki, Hill and the McMahon sisters (senior Meaghan, freshman Claire) all average at least 2 assists per game.
“I don’t know if it’s the program has been there, and they understand, but we’ve got great kids who work hard,” Martin said. “The defense has carried us when we struggle. I can’t put my finger on it, but these girls believe.”
Close calls for Central
Lincoln-Way Central coach Chris Fetherling is far from pleased with any losses. But in giving Lincoln-Way North and Andrew everything they could handle at the Medieval Classic, Fetherling is starting to see more positives than negatives.
“It’s tough to justify to the kids when you’re not winning games, but we’re playing well and doing good things,” Fetherling said.
The Knights fell to North in overtime and lost to Andrew by a point in the third-place game after coming back from a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Fetherling credited Candace Finnin (22 points), Madeline Bednarz and Faith Rudnick for their strong play at the tourney.
Central opens a brutal stretch starting Thursday, facing Stagg, Lincoln-Way East, Homewood-Flossmoor, Sandburg and Bolingbrook over the next two weeks.
“We’re playing well, but we want it to translate to winning games,” Fetherling said. “We’re getting there and playing a lot better.”