Girls Basketball: Joliet Catholic rolls past Fenwick
By George Wilcox For Sun-Times Meida January 16, 2014 9:30PM
Updated: January 16, 2014 10:22PM
Joliet Catholic’s Jasmine Lumpkin was honored Thursday night for one milestone, but Lumpkin remains focused on a bigger prize.
The Michigan State-bound forward is trying to keep the Angels’ undefeated season alive.
Lumpkin scored 18 of her game-high 25 points in the first half and finished with 13 rebounds as Joliet Catholic cruised to a 70-55 East Suburban Catholic Conference victory over visiting Fenwick.
Lumpkin, who scored her 1,000th career point during Tuesday night’s game against Bishop McNamara, was honored after the first period Thursday night. Lumpkin made 11-of-17 shots against Fenwick and was dominant in the first half, when she four of her final five shots before halftime.
The Angels (17-0, 6-0) led 42-23 at halftime and ended the second quarter with a 21-4 outburst. The Friars (8-13, 2-3) scored only one basket in the last 7:08 of the first half.
“I can tell you we will be pretty happy when Lumpkin graduates,” Fenwick coach Dave Power said.
Joliet Catholic outrebounded Fenwick 30-13 in the first half and made 19 baskets in the first half to the Friars’ seven.
Nicole Ekhomu added 13 points for the Angels and Ty Battle had 10 points and nine rebounds.
“It’s unbelievable the way we have been playing,” Lumpkin said. “We can’t think that we’re undefeated. We have a target on our back and a lot of teams are going to come after us.”
Joliet Catholic catches few breaks in the next few days. Entering this week, the Angels were the last of two teams in the Sun-Times Super 25 without a loss, joining No. 9 New Trier. Joliet Catholic plays Nova (Fla.), which won the Junior Orange Bowl Classic in December, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the MLK Classic at Young. The Angels play Batavia in the McDonald’s Shootout on Monday at Willowbrook.
The Angels also play Young on Jan. 25.
“We have a big week ahead of us. We have to keep our heads and keep together as a team,” Lumpkin said.
Fenwick All-State guard Jade Owens played her second game since returning from a right ankle injury. She finished with 10 points. Jenny Mackowiak scored a team-high 14 points and Maya Garland had nine points on three three-pointers, but fouled out early in the third quarter.
“We made the adjustment (in the second half),” Power said. “They have some really talented athletes who can jump out of the gym. They are quick, and they don’t make mistakes.”