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Girls Basketball: Lincoln-Way East stops Lockport

Lincoln-Way East's Claire McMahvs. Lockport. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media

Lincoln-Way East's Claire McMahon vs. Lockport. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 12, 2013 2:40PM



Lincoln-Way East’s Marissa DeGroot called for the ball so many times early in Thursday’s SouthWest Suburban Blue battle against visiting Lockport it seemed as if she knew something.

“It was all about being aggressive,” she said, smiling after East’s 38-23 victory. “If you have the position, you want the ball.”

DeGroot got it and delivered enough times to give the No. 3 Griffins (14-1, 6-0) a halftime lead they wouldn’t relinquish. She finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Meaghan McMahon added seven points and Kara Krolicki six. Lockport (6-8, 2-4) was led by Naomi Mayes (9 points) and Nora Polaski (6 points, 7 rebounds).

DeGroot scored all 11 of her points during the first 16 minutes as East broke away from a 12-all tie with a 9-2 run to lead 21-14 at intermission.

The Griffins also began to clamp down on defense. Lockport, which started the game 5-of-7 from the field, went dry on its last 10 possessions of the half and finished 9-of-38.

East also forced 22 Lockport turnovers using a variety of defenses.

“We switched up a little bit,” DeGroot said. “Defense is our main game. We’re all about just getting after it, being aggressive. We got in foul trouble because we got a little too aggressive, but we stayed on top of it defensively.”

McMahon, who earlier in the day made a verbal commitment to St. Xavier, and Nathalie Hill brought a little bit of second-half offense, each hitting a three-pointer for East, but Lockport, while pale offensively, was able to effectively shut down the Griffins at the other end, forcing 26 turnovers.

“We did,” Porters coach Krista Peterson said. “But I think we worked so hard at the defensive end to get stops we fell short of energy as the game went on. But we didn’t stop fighting. I’m very proud of what we did on defense.”

It was East’s final tuneup before a Tuesday date at Bolingbrook and a chance to secure the top spot in conference.

“This showed that everybody is going to come out after you,” Griffins coach Jim Martin said. “Kris did a great job with those girls. They kept the game real flat, lackadaisical for us on our part. We shot so well Tuesday night (70 percent in the first half), but (Thursday) we struggled a little bit.

“I don’t think it was a letdown. We’re not looking ahead. Give Lockport a lot of credit for the way they defended us.”



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