Girls Basketball: H-F crushes Lincoln-Way Central
Tired. Flat. Sluggish. Lethargic.
Call it what you want, but Homewood-Flossmoor’s first-half effort just wasn’t up to par Monday at Lincoln-Way Central.
“We just weren’t playing hard,” H-F’s Sydni Johnson said. “That’s what it came down to. We didn’t warm up like we’re supposed to and our focus wasn’t there.”
Shaking off the less than impressive first-half showing, Homewood-Flossmoor outscored Central 21-0 in the third quarter on the way to a 56-20 SouthWest Suburban Blue win Monday.
Johnson finished with 18 points for No. 7 H-F (16-9, 10-3). Jaiveonna Norris (9 points) and Amani Davis (8) also contributed.
Committing nine turnovers and hitting just 7-of-26 shots, the Vikings led 19-13 at halftime.
“We just weren’t executing,” H-F coach Dana Noble said. “In that third quarter, we finally put it together.”
Sparked by its defense, a different Vikings team took the floor in the third. The defensive effort forced eight turnovers that led to six fast-break buckets and held Lincoln-Way Central scoreless in the frame.
The host Knights missed all nine of their field-goal attempts in the third. Eight of H-F’s 10 third-quarter baskets came in the lane, with Johnson scoring 10 points in the period.
“We just had to wake up,” Johnson said. “That effort isn’t going to cut it in the playoffs. There’s not much coach Noble can say. We just have to do it.”
Homewood-Flossmoor finished 23-of-61 from the field.Lincoln-Way Central went 9-of-37.
Central (9-14, 4-9) was led by Sami Wisniewski’s six points.
The Knights were held scoreless for 11-plus minutes from the end of the second quarter through the start of the fourth frame.
“We’re down six at the half to a good team and then the wheels come off,” Central coach Chris Fetherling said. “They did a good job turning up the pressure on us and we just struggled to score in the second half.”