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Girls Basketball: Second time around, a happy ending for Lincoln-Way East

Lincoln-Way East's KarKrolicki. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

Lincoln-Way East's Kara Krolicki. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 12, 2014 6:20AM



Lincoln-Way East saw a chance to end a remarkable winning streak Jan. 9 when the Griffins took Bolingbrook to two overtimes before losing a 62-60 heartbreaker.

The win extended Bolingbrook’s run of SouthWest Suburban Conference victories to 93.

A few nights later, Homewood-Flossmoor defeated Bolingbrook 77-44.

On Feb. 4, East again gave Bolingbrook all it could handle. This time a happy ending didn’t get away, with Kara Krolicki (31 points) and Claire McMahon (12) leading the way in a 51-39 win.

“We were able to finish this time,” Griffins coach Jim Martin said. “In the last game we missed a 1-and-1 to go ahead by four, and they scored at the buzzer off an offensive rebound.

“We just did not make those mistakes this time. We blocked out and got the defensive rebounds on misses, and we made seven out of eight free throws in the last two minutes. It was an outstanding effort by the girls.”

The next night, in a 45-29 victory over Stagg, Krolicki made some history. The 5-foot-7 guard connected for her 84th three-pointer of the season, breaking the school record set by Jenna Rubino in 2003.

One mighty Mac

Mother McAuley’s Erin Dynan was hoping to catch a basketball when she went up for a rebound during the second quarter of Saturday’s GCAC Red division title game against Loyola.

Instead, she caught an elbow to the face from Ramblers 6-foot-1 post player Sarah Elston.

“It got me right in the (right) eye,” Drynan said. “I ran and I tried playing, but then I couldn’t see out of my eye. I was a little nervous.”

Before play stopped and Drynan went to the bench, her closed right eye ballooned like that of a boxer who had just taken a left hook.

Drynan spent the rest of the quarter sitting on the floor in an adjacent hallway with her back against the wall, where she applied an ice pack to her swollen face. She continued to ice while sitting on the bench during the third period.

At the start of the fourth quarter, Drynan briefly went back in the game and grabbed a rebound. She finished with six points and four rebounds, but was on the bench when the clock ran out in the Mighty Macs’ 58-54 victory.

Drynan and Loyola have a painful GCAC Tournament history.

“My freshman year we played Loyola and I got an elbow to my jaw and I was out for the game,” she said. “I’ve never finished a (GCAC) championship game yet. Hopefully, next year.”

Player of the Week

Kara Krolicki, of Lincoln-Way East, is the SouthtownStar Girls Basketball Player of the Week.

Krolicki, a senior guard, scored 31 points as East defeated Bolingbrook 51-39, then added 14 points — including a school single-season record-setting 84th three-pointer — in a 45-29 win over Stagg.



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