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Girls Basketball: Lincoln-Way North ousts Lincoln-Way Central

Taylor Boardman Lincoln-Way North Lincoln-Way Central's Ashley Newtbattle for rebound. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

Taylor Boardman, of Lincoln-Way North, and Lincoln-Way Central's Ashley Newton battle for the rebound. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 16, 2012 8:11AM



Anyone looking for offensive fireworks between Lincoln-Way North and host Lincoln-Way Central ... there weren’t many.

The teams combined for 21 turnovers and 18 points in the first half of their regional semifinal Tuesday night, with North taking an 11-7 lead into the break.

Central had a 7-5 advantage after the first quarter, but failed to score in the second, and went on a 24-minute field-goal drought spanning all four quarters.

In the end, North prevailed 27-14, thanks to a run midway through the third quarter. The Phoenix scored on three consecutive baskets, starting with an Ashley Weringa three-pointer and ending with a Taylor Boardman bucket in the post for a 20-7 lead.

Stephanie Pearson led North with nine points. Weringa had seven points, Boardman six points and five rebounds, while Ellen Graham chipped in seven rebounds and three blocks.

North (23-5) moves on to play Lincoln-Way East in the regional final on Thursday.

“Lincoln-Way East is playing really well, and their point guard Taylor Johnson is one of the top defenders in the state,” Nair said. “We’re going to need to take care of the ball against her in order to have any success. If we play tentatively, we’ll be in trouble.”

Central closed the books at 12-14.

“Lincoln-Way Central did a nice job defensively tonight,” North coach Jim Nair said. “In the last 10 games or so we’ve been playing really unselfishly. Tonight, we needed some girls to play selfish (for better offensive production).”

Central never could shake its offensive woes, sinking four field goals for the game. The Knights stayed close thanks to their defense. Ashley Newton ended their extended field-goal dry spell with two minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Lincoln-Way East 70, Crete-Monee 24: Nine players found the scorebook by halftime as East (24-4) took a 40-13 lead into the break. Caitlin McMahon (21 points) had her way in the post and guard Taylor Johnson (16 points) prospered pushing the ball in transition. Crete-Monee closed at 10-17.



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