Girls Basketball: Lincoln-Way East shows lots of drive vs. Lincoln-Way West
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media December 27, 2012 11:18PM
Lincoln-Way East's Kara Krolicki runs into a Lincoln-Way West defender Thursday, December 27, 2012. (15) runs into a . | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 29, 2013 6:24AM
Don’t be confused about Lincoln-Way East’s Kara Krolicki’s game.
The junior guard certainly can shoot the ball from distance, but she is far from a one-dimensional player.
With her jump shot off Thursday against Lincoln-Way West at the Medieval Classic, the 5-foot-7 Krolicki did the only thing she could. She put her head down and drove to the basket.
“My shot wasn’t dropping at all,” Krolicki said. “I saw the opening and thought ‘I might as well.’ I resorted to driving instead.”
Scoring seven points in two minutes late in the third with her inside play, Krolicki helped host Lincoln-Way East to a 41-22 win.
Meaghan McMahon (14 points, 6 rebounds), Krolicki (10 points) and Marissa DeGroot (5 points, 11 rebounds) paced East (10-1).
The Griffins will play Andrew, a 64-35 winner over Noble Street Charter, at 6 p.m. Friday. The winner advances to tournament championship at 6 p.m. Saturday.
“We’re definitely excited,” Krolicki said. “(Andrew’s) Tiana Karopulos is a good player, so we know we have to lock her down.”
With both teams struggling from the floor Thursday, East held a 26-18 advantage in the third. Benched for the middle part of the quarter, Krolicki came back with a vengeance.
Her three-point play on an offensive rebound started things off. McMahon hit a baseline jumper off a pass from her sister, Caitlin. Krolicki followed with a hard drive, drew a foul and split the free throws.
Krolicki scored inside on a backdoor layup on a pass from Meaghan McMahon to close out the quarter, giving East a 35-18 lead.
“I think we just needed a spark to get us going again,” Krolicki said.
The Griffins shot just 14-of-43 from the field but held West to an 8-of-33 night and 3-of-21 showing from three-point range.
“It was one of those nights (offensively), but I’ll take the defensive effort we gave,” East coach Jim Martin said.
Lindsey Colamussi led West (5-7) with 11 points.
Andrew 64, Noble Street Charter 35: Georgia Alexakos (18 points), Molly Franson (13) and Lauren Bialas (10) led Andrew (9-2).
Lincoln-Way Central 52, Plainfield South 32: Kelsie Foster had 12 points for Central (7-5), with Yesenia Chavez and Autumn Schultz scoring nine apiece. Tyler Everett scored nine for South (2-12).
Lincoln-Way North 66, Lincoln Park 14: Ashley Weringa had 13 points and Amy Vos 10 for North (13-1). The Phoenix will play Lincoln-Way Central at 6 p.m. Friday with the winner advancing to the championship.