Girls Basketball: Lemont stings Plainfield Central
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media November 15, 2012 9:54PM
Lemont's Kim Jerantowski (10) drives to the basket around Plainfield Central's Lisa Schroeder (30) held at the Romeoville Thanksgiving Tourney and Lemont won 53-32 in Romeoville, Illinois on Thursday, November 15, 2012. | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 19, 2012 1:11PM
Kelsey Motto did a little bit of everything for Lemont in the opening game of the four-day Romeoville Thanksgiving Tournament.
The 5-foot-8 senior had a couple of steals she took to the basket, grabbed five rebounds and hit a three-pointer during Lemont’s 23-point third quarter in leading the Indians to a 53-32 victory Thursday night over Plainfield Central.
“My teammates know what I can do, I know what they can do,’’ Motto said. “Whatever I can do to make us win, that’s what I’m going to do.’’
Motto scored a game-high 18 points. Courtney Toth contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds, Kim Jerantowski nine points and Ashley Pulla eight points and nine rebounds.
Lemont was ahead 20-13 at halftime and outscored Plainfield Central 23-10 in the third quarter. Motto had seven points in the third quarter, Toth six and Jerantowski five.
“We started running our plays more and breaking the press,’’ Motto said. “That was the difference between the first half and the second half.’’
“We got high-percentage shots,’’ Lemont coach Bill Bozue said. “On the press we were able to reverse the court and get the ball inside. We attacked the basket.’’
Lemont (1-1) is optimistic this season with three key returning starters in Motto, Toth and Jerantowski. The Indians’ second game in the tournament is Friday against Romeoville, which was 22-5 last season.
“They’re tough, they’ve got an inside game an outside game,’’ Bozue said. “That’s definitely a measuring stick for us.’’
“If we keep improving each practice and keep working in practice, we’ll keep improving for the games,’’ Motto said.
Hennessey Handy led inexperienced Plainfield Central (0-1) with eight points and seven rebounds. Daniella Cortez had six points.
“That was a little bit of fear out there and some jitters,’’ Central coach Mark Krusz said. “The good thing about this tournament is you get to play (Friday).’’
Lockport 56, Rockford Guilford 28: Lockport turned a 28-20 halftime lead into a rout as Naomi Mayes had 17 points and Anna Novak 10 for the Porters in their season opener.
“Our defense created a lot of our offense and that’s what we need to have,’’ Lockport coach Krista Peterson said. “We did really well in transition, running the floor, making good decisions with the ball.
“Each team we face here is going to be a different system we’ll have to work on in terms of defensive strategies and offenses. It’s a chance to really see what our strengths are going to be.’’