Girls Basketball: Lincoln-Way Central falls to H-F
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media February 4, 2013 10:36PM
Homewood-Flossmoor's Sydni Johnson drives around Lincoln-Way Central's Sami Wisniewski. | Jean Lachat~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 6, 2013 6:25AM
Despite its offensive struggles in the first half, host Lincoln-Way Central found itself in a close game Monday against Homewood-Flossmoor.
Down by six points at the half in a slow-paced game, the Knights were poised to make a move in the third quarter, but it was H-F who made a statement.
Outscoring Lincoln-Way Central 21-0 in the third quarter, Homewood-Flossmoor rolled to a 56-20 SouthWest Suburban Blue win in New Lenox on Monday night.
“We didn’t shoot well and we’re down six points at the half against a good team,” Lincoln-Way Central coach Chris Fetherling said. “Then the wheels came off. H-F turned up the pressure and did a good job defensively on us and we struggled to score.”
Sami Wisniewski (6 points), Ashley Newton (4 points) and Madeline Bednarz (3 points) led Lincoln-Way Central (9-14, 4-9). The Knights will wrap up the regular season Thursday at Sandburg.
Homewood-Flossmoor (16-9, 10-3) was paced by Sydni Johnson’s 18 points. Jaiveonna Norris (9 points) and Amani Davis (8 points) contributed.
In a sluggish first half for both teams, Central cut an early deficit to five points after a Bednarz three-point play and a Wisniewski basket inside on a pass from Autumn Schultz (3 assists). Despite 14 first-half turnovers, Central was down just 19-13 at the half.
In the third quarter, it was Homewood-Flossmoor making a statement, starting the charge on the defensive end. The Vikings forced eight turnovers, and Central missed all nine of its field-goal attempts in the period.
“We just didn’t have enough, and we struggled from the field,” Fetherling said. “We had some good shots that didn’t drop.”
Central was held scoreless for 11-plus minutes over the end of the second quarter through the start of the fourth.
Central’s leading scorers, Candace Finnin and Autumn Schultz, were held to two and zero points, respectively.
“You’ve got to learn how to fight and stay in games when you’re not shooting well,” Fetherling said. “That’s something we’ve got to work on. I never question effort, but tonight when the wheels came off, it was hard to keep the bike moving.”
Lincoln-Way Central finished 9-of-37 from the floor. Homewood-Flossmoor shot 23-of-61.
Johnson scored 11 points for H-F in the third, all five of her baskets coming in the paint.
“Our level of focus wasn’t there early and we were just off,” Johnson said. “We just had to wake up. That effort isn’t going to cut it in the playoffs.”