Thursday, February 17, 2011
The record will show first graduating class wins 39 games, regional title for Warriors.
MORRIS–Years from now, members of the Lincoln-Way West girls basketball team won’t remember much about the first couple of varsity seasons. However, eight seniors built a solid foundation for the program that includes back-to-back 19-plus win seasons and a regional championship. “The senior class put the building blocks in place for future years to come,” Lincoln-Way West coach Ryan White said. “I think they’ve done a great job with that.” They include Sara Losacco, Ashley Sichak, Taylor Blyth, Michelle Seliga, Sam Villa, Jessica McDonald, Kaitlyn Ray and Nikki Sieger. Ray scored 14 points during her final high school game, a 58-48 loss to Morris on Wednesday night in semifinal play at the Class 4A Morris Regional. Her back-to-back three-…
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Morris 58 Lincoln-Way West 48. Foul trouble besets No. 1 seed Warriors against No. 4 Morris in Morris regional semifinal round.
The Hot Read: Four of Lincoln-Way West’s starters fouled out and Morris scored nearly half of its points from the free throw line in a 58-48 victory over the Warriors in the Class 3A Morris Regional semifinals Wednesday in Morris. Patch's MVP: Lincoln-Way West's Kaitlyn Ray scored 14 points. Home-court advantage: No. 4 Morris used its experience, home-court advantage and hit 26-of-44 from the free throw line to upset No. 1 seed Lincoln-Way West. Reversal of fortunes: A year ago, Lincoln-Way West won the Ottawa Regional as the No. 4 seed. Lincoln-Way West Leaders: Senior Kaitlyn Ray (14 points), senior Jessica McDonald (10 points), senior Sam Villa (9 points). Morris Leader: Layney Miller (14 points). Home or guests: Despite playing on its …
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Lincoln-Way North 50, Lincoln-Way West 36. Phonenix use 35-4 scoring run to overcome fast start by Warriors.
- Ken Ryan
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The Hot Read: In a battle for second place in the Southwest Suburban Red, Lincoln-Way North overcame a fast start by Lincoln-Way West to earn a 50-36 girls basketball victory in New Lenox. The Warriors enjoyed a 14-2 lead with 5:51 left in the second quarter only to see the Phoenix explode with a 35-4 run stretching into the third quarter to grab a commanding 37-18 lead. Lincoln-Way West got within 46-36 with 2:40 remaining but could get no closer. Lincoln-Way North, which swept the season series, improved to 9-3 in the Red with two conference games remaining, while Lincoln-Way West fell to 9-4 with one conference game remaining. Andrew sits on top of the Red with an 11-1 record. Patch’s MVP: Lincoln-Way North freshman Sam Pietruszynski …
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Warriors snowballed in early going of 53-50 setback at Thornwood on Monday.
In December, Lincoln-Way West easily defeated Thornwood 40-28 in a Southwest Suburban Red girls basketball game, and the Warriors were without standout senior Kaitlyn Ray. So, it was a given they would defeat Thornwood in the rematch with Ray in the lineup, right? Wrong. The Warriors never were in sync in a 53-50 setback on Monday night as they watched Thornwood’s youthful team start strong and open up a lead that stretched to as much as 38-28 in the third quarter. Lincoln-Way West staged a furious comeback fourth-quarter comeback behind a ferocious full-court press led by Sara Losacco. But the Warriors short as time expired. They actually forged their only tie of the game at 40-all on a 3-pointer by Ray (12 points) with 5:30 left and …
Friday, January 28, 2011
Sara Lasacco and Sam Villa get defensive in Lincoln-Way West's 43-27 victory over Bradley-Bourbonnais on Thursday night, while Kaitlyn Ray provides the offense.
While Kaitlyn Ray and Sam Villa steal the headlines for Lincoln-Way West's girls basketball team, it’s usually the play of pint-sized senior Sara Losacco that determines the success or failure for the Warriors. Losacco, who is West's starting point guard, is generously listed at 5-5, but her play and contributions are anything but small. “Sara makes us go with her hustle, and it seems everybody feeds off her play,” Lincoln-Way West coach Ryan White said. In Thursday's game against Southwest Suburban Red rival Bradley-Bourbonnais, Losacco finished with her typical line in the box score: six points, four rebounds, five steals and five assists. Her all-around play helped West notch a 43-27 victory. Losacco also harassed Bradley's guards all …
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Lincoln-Way West 43, Bradley-Bourbonnais 27. Kaitlyn Ray's hot hand spearheads Warriors in Southwest Suburban Red.
The Hot Read: Lincoln-Way West's girls basketball team defeated a fired up Bradley-Bourbonnais squad 43–27 Thursday night in New Lenox in a Southwest Suburban Red matchup. Team Records: Lincoln-Way West, 18-4 and 8-2 in conference play. Bradley-Bourbonnais, 8-15 and 2-7. How it Happened: The Warriors used their trademark team defense to make up for their lack of overall size. West forced Bradley into a cold shooting night of 8-for-24 from the field, including only 1-of -8 from behind the arc. West combined its stingy defense (26 Bradley turnovers) with the improving offensive output from Kaitlyn Ray and the interior play of the undersized Sam Villa to control the action. Ray is playing on a torn ACL. Quotable I: Lincoln-Way West coach Ryan…
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Youth will be served: Freshman Molly Franson and sophomore Tiana Karopulos combine to lead T-Bolts past Warriors 53-49.
Ryan White sounded like a prophet. “They present a lot of difficult matchups for us and just about everybody they play,” the Lincoln-Way West girls basketball coach said. And how true it was as Andrew defeated West 53-49 in a battle of tri-leaders in the Southwest Suburban Red Division on Thursday night. Andrew, which lost early in December to Lincoln-West 47-44 on its home court, used its inside-outside combo of 5-8 sophomore Tiana Karopulos (game-high 15 points) and 6-2 freshman Molly Franson ( 9 points and 10 rebounds) to gain its measure of revenge by stealing a road win against West. Karopulos missed the first meeting with West (15-4, 6-2) with a thumb injury, so Thursday's win was especially meaningful for her and her teammates. “It …
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Defense of Kelly McGovern and Taylor Johnson sparks Griffins in rivalry-game victory over Warriors.
Lincoln-Way East girls basketball coach Jim Martin had a two-fold plan Tuesday night that the Griffins used in a 47-28 victory in a pivotal pool-play game of the Medieval Classic against district rival Lincoln-Way West. The plan was to first use his two outstanding guards--Taylor Johnson, a 5-6 junior, and Kelly McGovern, a 5-7 senior, to shadow West standout senior guard and outside shooting threat Kaitlyn Ray. The idea was to stop Ray and make the rest of the Warriors beat East. “Our game plan was to shadow Ray with our two best defenders, and they did exactly what we asked of them,” Martin said. The second part of Martin's plan was to involve his rapidly improving 6-1 junior center Caitlin McMahon in the offense due to her significant…
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Sports Editor Ron Kremer ranks the top area girls basketball teams from 1-5; plus the five knocking on the door.
1. Marian Catholic (8-0): Jasmine Matthews, Simone Wall, Jamie Johnson and rest of Spartans earn A's on the court and in the classroom. 2. Lincoln-Way East (6-3): Three losses have come at the hands of teams with combined record of 21-1 (Bolingbrook, Fenwick, Marian). 3. Marist (7-2): RedHawks play host to Lake Zurich tonight in Sweet 16 tourney battle. 4. Homewood-Flossmoor (10-1): Charnelle Reed scored 15 and Sydni Johnson added 14 in 90-41 victory over Joliet Central. 5. Lincoln-Way West (8-1): Sam Villa scored 20 points in a 51-35 victory over Stagg; Warriors play at Bradley tonight. Next best (in alphabetical order): Andrew, Lincoln-Way North, Oak Forest, Rich South, Providence Catholic.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sam Villa scores a season-high 20 points, shoots holes in Chargers' defensive game plan.
Sam Villa foiled the Stagg plan in its tracks. The Lincoln-Way West senior forward, with the Chargers opening their Southwest Suburban Red girls basketball game in a box-in-one against sharpshooter Kaitlyn Ray, single-handedly outscored Stagg in the opening half. With its 51-35 victory in New Lenox behind the Villa game-high performance of 20 points and eight rebounds, the Warriors improved to 8-1 overall and 3-0 in league play while extending the Chargers' season-opening losing streak to eight games. Villa, a one-time transfer from Lincoln-Way East, converted all seven of her field-goal attempts and all three free throws in scoring 17 first-half points. West held a commanding 35-15 lead at the break. "We had a feeling they were going to …