Girls Basketball: Oak Lawn storms past T.F. South
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org January 17, 2014 8:14PM
Updated: February 20, 2014 6:43AM
Breaking individual school records was not No. 1 on LaTondra Brooks’ agenda when she transferred to Oak Lawn for her sophomore season.
“When I came here I wanted to win. That was it,” she said after Friday’s 73-32 South Suburban crossover victory over T.F. South.
That being said ...
“It feels good. And to get the win and be our home court feels even better,” a smiling Brooks said while accepting well-wishes from teammates and fans after her 15-point performance put her in the Oak Lawn history book.
Although the total includes points scored as a freshman at Lindbergh High School in St. Louis, Brooks will be recognized as the Spartans’ all-time career scoring leader. Her fifth point put her past former Spartan Kathy Krzak, who in 1998-99 ended her career with 1,235 points.
Typically, though, the 5-foot-6 guard did plenty of dishing as well, especially to teammate Brianna Markusic, who had a big night with 17 points and nine rebounds. Jannah Mahmoud (10 points, 13 rebounds), Duneya Shatat (8 points) and Brooke Annerino (7 points, 5 rebounds) also starred on a night when the Spartans (16-1, 6-1) ruled in all aspects.
T.F. South (14-3, 6-1) was led by Ren’Cia Rolling (12 points).
If beating the Rebels wasn’t exactly a shock, the thoroughness with which it was executed certainly was.
On Jan. 9 against similarly quick Hillcrest, the Spartans were far from the aggressive, confident team that went into the game at 13-0. The game essentially was over by the end of the second period.
This time it would be different.
“We just wanted to not play like we played against Hillcrest,” Markusic said. “We wanted to show people what we’ve got. At practice, we scrimmaged against the sophomore boys and they were fast and really athletic.”
The Spartans went hard from the opening tip, racing to a 15-3 first-quarter lead as Brooks had seven points and Markusic and Mahmoud four each. By intermission, it was 38-10 Spartans.
For T.F. South on offense, it was pretty much a one-and-done situation on most possessions against Oak Lawn’s 1-2-2 zone defense. The ones didn’t often go in as the Rebels were 4-of-28 in the first half.
The rebounding numbers after two periods showed Oak Lawn with a 30-11 advantage.
“We had to put that Hillcrest game behind us and come out like we’d been coming out when we were 13-0,” Brooks said. “We wanted to push the ball, and at home we usually have a (big) run. We just wanted to come out stronger than when we played Hillcrest. That was our mind-set.”