Girls Basketball: Romeoville ousts Lemont
Lemont’s Kelsey Motto is no stranger to leg/knee injuries.
After her sophomore season, Motto tore the MCL in her left knee. Earlier this season, her senior campaign, she was sidelined when she dislocated her right knee in a December game.
All along, the goal was the same. Motto wanted to get back on the court before her senior year was over.
“I wanted to come back, but I didn’t want to rush it, either,” Motto said. “I planned on coming back for Senior Night, and I did, but I wish the outcome was better (Wednesday).”
In her third game back in the lineup, Motto scored six points and had four rebounds Wednesday in host Lemont’s 4A 52-35 regional semifinal loss to Romeoville.
Courtney Toth led the Indians (14-14) with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Kiera Currie (14 points, 10 rebounds), Brianna Harris (13 points, 9 rebounds) and Abby Smith (12 points) led Romeoville (26-3), which will meet Plainfield East on Friday for the regional title.
The visiting Spartans opened the game on a 13-2 run with Harris and Currie scoring five points apiece and Smith adding a three-pointer.
Motto helped chip away at the early deficit, drilling a shot from long range. The Indians got as close as 24-14 late in the second quarter after a Ashley Pulla bucket, but Romeoville simply was too much. Lemont finished 13-of-38 from the field overall and committed 19 turnovers.
“I obviously wanted a better result, but Romeoville was just a better team,” Motto said. “We did all we could in trying to limit our turnovers, but we played as well as we could.”
Motto added a third-quarter three-pointer for the Indians.
“We just weren’t fundamental enough,” Lemont coach Bill Bozue said. “We were getting the ball in the middle where we wanted, but we had too many turnovers. Catch the ball cleanly, we would have had some nice open shots.”