Girls Basketball: Oak Lawn rolls past Lincoln-Way Central
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media February 19, 2014 10:12PM
Jannah Mahmoud, of Oak Lawn, puts up a shot against Lincoln-Way Central for Regional action at Oak Lawn, Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 in Oak Lawn | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 19, 2014 10:48PM
Playing 5-on-5 never looked so good.
In prepping for Lincoln-Way Central’s frenetic Grinnell System with its pressure defense and reliance on three-pointers, Oak Lawn Janet Meyers threw something different at her Spartans in practice.
“We spent a couple of days working 5-on-7, 5-on-8 trying to replicate their traps,” Meyers said. “We knew we had to come in and play their game. We knew we could score in transition.”
With LaTondra Brooks and Brooke Annerino handling Central’s pressure and getting the ball to Oak Lawn’s frontcourt players, the Spartans cruised Wednesday night, winning 89-52 at their own Class 4A regional semifinal.
Jannah Mahmoud (28 points, 8 rebounds) and Brianna Markusic (25 points, 8 rebounds) powered the Oak Lawn (26-1) win. Brooks finished with 14 points, eight steals, seven assists and four rebounds.
Oak Lawn will play Mother McAuley at 7 p.m. Thursday for the regional title. The Spartans are seeking their first regional title since the 2006-07 season.
“All we’re looking to do is break their press,” Brooks said. “If we can break their press, that’s our best way to score. Come out strong on the home court, but it’s tiring those first couple of minutes.”
Handling everything Central threw at them, the Spartans were off and running Wednesday. Markusic scored 12 points in the first quarter, all of the baskets coming almost point blank as Oak Lawn broke Central’s press time and again.
Brooks had four assists in the first quarter.
“We’re looking for those layups,” Markusic said. “We didn’t want to settle for any jump shots, any bad jump shots, so we’re looking to get it into the post.”
Oak Lawn went up 25-13 through one quarter and led 44-27 at halftime.
Kelsie Foster scored 16 points for Central (14-13), with Madeline Bednarz adding 12. The Knights shot 10-of-39 from three-point range and 17-of-67 from the field overall.