Girls Basketball: Lincoln-Way West fends off Stagg
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media January 17, 2013 9:44PM
Updated: February 19, 2013 2:02PM
Lincoln-Way West’s Amanda Hozzian remembered it.
All the Warriors did. It would have been hard to forget a 31-point December drubbing to Stagg.
Given a second chance, Lincoln-Way West made the most of it, racing to a double-digit second-half lead Thursday and managing to hold on for a 46-45 home win over No. 8 Stagg, giving the Chargers their first conference loss.
“We worked so hard the first three quarters, and in a close game, it was so important to close it out,” Hozzian said. “We had to prove it in the fourth.”
Hozzian led West (9-9, 4-4) with 14 points and 10 rebounds, with Danielle Morgan (11 points) and Stephanie McDonald (8 points) also contributing in the SouthWest Suburban Red win.
An energetic Warriors squad simply ran past the Stagg defense for three quarters, taking a 10-point advantage on a McDonald alley-oop layup at the buzzer.
“I knew Stagg would make a run at some point,” West coach Ryan White said. “We had to do enough to hold them off.”
White’s concern was spot-on, the Chargers shooting their way back into the game from long range. Casey McMahon (9 points) drilled two three-pointers, Hannah Henderson (6 points, 8 rebounds) scored inside and Alexa Janus caught a long pass from Revi McMahon (14 points) for a fast-break score.
Stagg clawed to within 46-45 on a Janus baseline jumper with 46 seconds left in the fourth.
In a chaotic final minute that featured four timeouts, three turnovers and no shot attempts, the Chargers would get no closer.
An errant pass in the final five seconds proved to be the end for visiting Stagg (14-4, 7-1).
“Revi and Casey are such great players so that last minute our goal was to shut them down,” Hozzian said. “We made sure we had weakside defense against them and that really helped. It worked.”
Lincoln-Way West attempted just five shots in the fourth quarter, making one, while committing seven turnovers.
Janus chipped in with nine points for Stagg.