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Girls Basketball: Lincoln-Way East knocks off Minooka

Updated: January 25, 2014 6:22AM



Lincoln-Way East’s Haley McCabe couldn’t explain it. Maybe she didn’t need to.

McCabe and the Griffins, playing their second game of the day in pool play at Monday’s Lincoln-Way East Medieval Classic, didn’t come out sluggish. They came out gunning, running and ready to go.

Blitzing its way to a big first-half lead, East cruised to a 57-41 win over Minooka to improve to 2-0 in pool play.

“We played already, and we were woken up,” McCabe said. “We came out, executed and made some shots. We were ready to go for that second game.”

Kara Krolicki (12 points), McCabe (10 points, 8 rebounds), Anna Rose (10 points) and Claire McMahon (5 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds) led East (9-1).

The Griffins will play Andrew at 7:30 p.m. Friday, with the winner moving on to Saturday’s championship.

Where a second game in a day may have dragged some teams down, East started the game fresh. McCabe and Co. enjoyed first-half leads of 13-5, 22-7 and 35-14.

“Our plays are always looking for those open looks,” McCabe said. “It was just working out, and we had some good assists.”

A 10-0 run late in the second quarter featured four baskets, all of them on assists, including three-pointers from McCabe and Krolicki, with Dana O’Grady and Rose both scoring inside on nice passes from the perimeter.

“We had a lot of energy and a nice warmup,” McMahon said. “We loved to play, and we were ready for that second game.”

Minooka got as close as 15 points in the fourth quarter, trailing 50-35, but Krolicki answered with a three-pointer and Erin Hayes scored inside on a backdoor cut off a McMahon pass.

The Indians (8-3) committed 11 first-half turnovers while shooting just 5-of-19 from the floor.

“We didn’t come out with a lot of energy,” Minooka’s Kelly Carnagio said. “The second half we picked it up, but it was too late. East didn’t do anything we hadn’t seen, but we were a little slow.”

Carnagio finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds for Minooka, with Brooklyn Bachmann adding 10 points.

Lincoln-Way East 60, Shepard 18: Kara Krolicki had 22 points for East in its opening game.

Minooka 57, Andrew 40: Erin Heide (18 points), Kelly Carnagio (13), Bachmann (13) and Sydney Arlis (10) led Minooka in its first game. Georgia Alexakos had 13 points for Andrew.

Andrew 59, Shepard 48: Michelle Borgen’s 26 points led Andrew (3-7), with Alexakos adding 12 points. Dae Jae Williams scored 14 points for Shepard (2-11) and Heather Banis had 13 points.



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