Girls Basketball: Oak Lawn runs past Shepard
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media January 30, 2014 8:58PM
Oak Lawn's LaTondra Brooks drives to the basket against Shepard. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 30, 2014 10:36PM
Oak Lawn dropped a 64-27 decision on Jan. 9 to Hillcrest, its first loss of the season after 13 wins.
Seven teams have dearly paid the price for that loss.
The Spartans since have steamrolled seven opponents by a combined score of 457-229, the latest victim being Shepard, over which Oak Lawn scored a 69-41 South Suburban Red victory Thursday night in Palos Heights.
The closest anyone has gotten to the Spartans in this streak is 20 points.
“That Hillcrest loss was horrible,” the Spartans’ Dee Dee Shatat said. “We lost a little confidence in that game. It lasted about a week. We practiced hard and now we’re a much better team than we were then. We’re much more focused now.’’
“It definitely got us refocused,” Spartans coach Janet Meyers said. “We found out what we needed to work on. We’ve been getting a lot more offensive rebounds. We were pretty passive in that area and now we’re more aggressive.’’
The Spartans (20-1, 9-1) reached the 20-win mark for the second season in a row but just the fourth time in the 40-year history of the program. The Spartans hope to tie a school record for most wins in a season Tuesday when they visit Reavis. The Spartans were 21-6 last season and 21-7 in 2002-03.
“This is a lot of fun,” Meyers said. “It’s always nice to have something to work toward. We talk about our goals and what we want to achieve. We have a great group of girls. Coaching is easy when you have talent like this. We have good team speed. We have some size. We have a lot of players who can score. It’s a good combination.’’
Oak Lawn led 20-7 after one period, 42-19 at halftime and 61-33 after three quarters.
Shatat finished with 16 points, including 13 in the first half. LaTondra Brooks had 15 points, nine steals and six assists. Brianna Markusic had 12 points and six rebounds and Jannah Mahmoud 10 points and three blocked shots.
Shepard (5-17, 2-7) was led by Courtney Dalton’s 14 points, including 11 in the third quarter. Dae Jae Williams added 11.