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Girls Basketball: Lincoln-Way North tops Providence

Updated: December 28, 2013 12:03AM



Kayla Kieklak and Lanie Hicks took turns carrying the scoring load Friday as Lincoln-Way North topped Providence 48-44 at the Lincoln-Way East Medieval Classic.

Each scored 14 points, with Kieklak netting 10 in the first quarter and Hicks 10 in the third, to lead the Phoenix (11-3) in an exciting unofficial semifinal.

“I really wanted to get us the lead,” said Kieklak, who finished 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. “It was just getting to the line and knocking down a three. It’s my job to lead as the point guard.”

North will play Lincoln-Way East at 6 p.m. Saturday for the tournament championship.

Providence led 32-28 after a three-pointer from Maeve Garvey, but North closed the third quarter on a 12-4 run, including two three-pointers by Hicks.

“I missed my first few, but I knew I had to just keep shooting,” Hicks said. “Even if I missed, we could get a rebound and a put back.”

Hicks finished 5-of-8 from the field. Sam Pietruszynski added nine points and Ellen Graham had eight rebounds for the Phoenix.

Alyssa Jurges led Providence (12-5) with 13 points. She scored the Celtics’ first seven points of the game, scoring on a flashy step-back three, a dribble-drive and a putback, but North limited her to just five shots over the final three quarters.

“We didn’t have quick feet to start the game,” Providence coach Eileen Copenhaver said. “We seemed to be chasing them most of the day, but hats off to North for hitting their shots.”

Providence knotted the game at 44 on two free throws by Mary Fashingbauer, but Hicks responded with two of her own with 1:29 to go. Pietruszynski then iced the game with two more free throws with 3.7 seconds remaining.

“I think (Providence) is the best team we’ve beat so far,” Hicks said.

Taylor Juricek came off the bench to score eight points for the Celtics.



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