Girls Basketball: Lincoln-Way East rolls over Andrew
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media December 27, 2013 9:14PM
Updated: December 28, 2013 12:02AM
Kara Krolicki doesn’t need a Red Ryder BB gun. The Lincoln-Way East senior has a three-point shot that’s as lethal as it gets.
Krolicki drilled seven shots from beyond the arc and East mowed down Andrew 74-34 Friday at the Medieval Classic. Krolicki hit 7-of-14 shots from long distance and finished with a game-high 27 points despite not playing in the fourth quarter.
“I think it helps the team, getting everyone hyped up for the pace of the game,” Krolicki said of her prolific shooting. “We have really good team chemistry. We run our plays and execute well.”
The host Griffins (10-1) used an unselfish attack to pick apart Andrew’s defense, netting 21 assists on 29 baskets. East would fire it into the high post and look for open shots from the perimeter or players down low with deep post position.
“That’s why it’s fun to watch and that’s why I’m really happy as a coach,” East’s Jim Martin said. “We have really bought into being a team.”
The Griffins (10-1) advance to play Lincoln-Way North (11-3) at 6 p.m. Saturday for the Medieval Classic championship. East defeated North 48-32 earlier in the month.
Anna Rose added 18 points on a perfect 9-of-9 shooting and Dana O’Grady dished five assists for the Griffins.
“I didn’t even realize (I didn’t miss) when I was playing,” Rose said. “I just try to play my best. That’s the most I’ve scored.”
Michelle Borgen led Andrew (3-8) with 13 points and showed a nice touch finishing in traffic. McKayla Smith scored nine points and Alanna Lalich had six for the Thunderbolts.
Smith hit her first three shots to keep Andrew in the contest early, but East ripped off a 21-5 run spanning the first and second quarters to take a 38-17 lead into the break.
Nine of East’s 10 players reached the scorebook. Mariah Smith, the lone Griffin to not post a field-goal attempt, totaled four rebounds and three assists.