Girls Basketball: Stagg quiets Lincoln-Way North
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org February 7, 2013 10:30PM
Stagg's Ali Conrad (2) pulls down a rebound as Lincoln-Way's Sam Pietruszynski, left, and Kayla Kieklak, right, close in. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 10, 2013 6:19AM
Stagg’s Revi McMahon had just one message for the small, but vocal Lincoln-Way North boys cheering section that verbally hounded her every time she touched the ball during Thursday night’s SouthWest Suburban Red title showdown:
“You don’t faze me at all.”
McMahon was smiling when she said it, and with good reason after leading the No. 9 Chargers to a 50-32 victory.
The 5-foot-5 guard was a force, scoring 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting. One of the misses came early, an air ball that immediately made her the favorite target for the North faithful.
Her response was to hit back-to-back three-pointers that allowed Stagg (20-5, 12-2) to build an 11-5 lead after one quarter.
As it would turn out, the chants never stopped — and neither did McMahon.
After North closed a 24-16 halftime deficit to 26-24 on a 7-0 run in the third period, McMahon turned things back around with a driving layup, a pull-up three-pointer and another drive to the bucket for a three-point play.
“It made me play harder,” McMahon said of the special attention. “Honestly, they were only motivating me.
“We were so pumped to play this game, right from the locker room when school ended. They’re a great team, but we didn’t want to lose.”
If McMahon’s third-quarter outburst re-established separation, Stagg’s Alexa Janus delivered a knockdown blow with back-to-back threes to close the period and put Stagg in front 40-29.
Janus, who finished with 11 points, also was fierce in getting after loose balls, recording three steals and forcing two other held balls.
“We just realized we needed to refocus and do what we do best,” Janus said. “On those threes my teammates in the background were saying, ‘Shoot it. You’ve got it.’ If they’re saying it, they know best. You shoot it.”
Casey McMahon also was key for Stagg, hitting two threes. Ali Conrad kept North from dominating underneath, grabbing a team-high six rebounds.
The No. 8 Phoenix (22-5, 11-3) was led by Ashley Weringa (9 points) and Valen Manns (7 points, 6 rebounds).