Girls Basketball: Oak Lawn awaits return of LaTondra Brooks
By Tony Baranek email@example.com December 24, 2012 6:00PM
Updated: January 26, 2013 6:11AM
The biggest New Year’s present Oak Lawn possibly could want will take place Jan. 3, when junior guard LaTondra Brooks returns after missing the Oak Lawn Holiday Tournament because of a concussion.
Brooks was going up for a rebound in a Dec. 10 game against Morton when she bumped heads with a teammate. She played on, but a short time later left the game with three fouls. She didn’t return.
“The trainer said she was exhibiting signs of a concussion,” Oak Lawn coach Janet Haubenreiser said. “At Oak Lawn High School, the athlete must be transitioned back into play, a six-day process. After Day 6 she can return to the game. It’s a long, frustrating process, but the health and safety of my girls is most important.”
The Spartans went 2-3 in Brooks’ absence, but were impressive Dec. 13 vs. Hillcrest, leading early in the fourth quarter and fighting the Hawks to a draw with three minutes remaining. Hillcrest used a 7-0 streak to finally pull away, 57-51. Brianna Markusic had 18 points and 13 rebounds and Brooke Annerino 17 points that night for Oak Lawn.
“I couldn’t be prouder of my team for their effort against Hillcrest,” Haubenreiser said. “They could have easily given up after the second quarter (facing a double-digit deficit) and used LaTondra as an excuse, but they didn’t. I don’t know when I have seen one of my teams play so hard, and some of them with very little rest time.”
King stands tall
Whitney Young beat Bloom 74-54 on Dec. 18, but it still was a breakout night for Blazing Trojans point guard Danielle King. The 5-foot-5 sophomore guard, who transferred to Bloom from Rich East, netted 28 points, providing plenty of relief for usual leading scorer Bria Gaines (14 points, 17 rebounds).
“Daniel had a great game ... she controlled the tempo the entire way,” Bloom coach Ron Newquist said. “(Young’s) Linnae Harper is an All-American, but Danielle proved she was in the elite company. She was outstanding from start to finish.”
Newquist wants to make Young an annual match-up.