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homerhorizon.com homer glen the Homer Horizon | January 25, 2018 | 43 RIZZACARS.COM RIZZACARS.COM 8100 W. 159th Street|Orland Park 8130 W. 159th Street |Orland Park 8150 W. 159th Street |Orland Park 8425 W. 159th Street |Tinley Park

44 | January 25, 2018 | The Homer Horizon SPORTS homerhorizon.com Girls Basketball Balanced scoring leads to decisive LTHS victory over Morton Teams inspired by military members present for Veterans Night recognition Randy Whalen Freelance Reporter After seeing its promising season fade back to the .500 mark, the Lockport Township girls basketball team needed something positive. The Porters got it last weekend. Treasure Thompson led a balanced attack with 13 points and eight rebounds as Lockport toppled Morton 60-41 in a nonconference clash on Friday, Jan. 19, in the opening game of a girls/boys basketball doubleheader at Lockport East. The game kicked off a nice evening during which Lockport honored 98 local veterans in a salute to military service night between games. The Porters girls team was happy to be a part of that. “It was awesome,” Lockport assistant girls coach John Ford said of being part of the evening. “This was a big crowd for us, and it’s always great to come out and play for the veterans.” Ford was filling in for Lockport coach Dan Kelly, who was out with a family situation. The Porters came out and put their third-year, normally assistant coach at ease for the night. Morton (8-12) took an early 2-0 lead on a bucket by senior guard Jazmin Tapia, who finished with a game-high 24 points. But then junior forward Jacqueline Maka (12 points) nailed back-toback 3-pointers to spur an 11-0 run. Lockport led 11-2 midway through the first quarter, and the Mustangs never got closer than six points the rest of the way. “You miss all the shots you don’t take,” Maka said. “[Her early scoring] helped give us a confidence boost. Then, we didn’t lay off. We showed our intensity and depth. We were down from losing to Stagg [on Jan. 17], but because of that, we knew what we had to do.” Lockport led 15-5 after the first quarter, and the Mustangs never got the margin below that in the second quarter. Some of that was due to the play of freshman post player Elena Knebel (6 points, 11 rebounds), who scored the Porters final four points of the second quarter and had a half-dozen rebounds in that period. “Elena has been excellent on the sophomore level, and she’s been able to transcend that on varsity now,” Ford said. “It was all about executing our stuff. I told the Finley Travis prepares to take a free throw for the Porters in her team’s 60-41 victory over Morton on Veterans Night on Friday, Jan. 19, at LTHS’s East Campus. Photos by Julie McMann/22nd Century Media girls we needed a win, and we brought our intensity level up. We had to focus on that.” The Porters were up 28-18 at halftime. While the Mustangs were able to cut the deficit back to single digits, thanks to Tapia scoring 10 points in the third quarter, they never really threatened to make it a game. Lockport led 43-32 after three and coasted to the win. Junior guard Finley Travis (10 points) and senior forward Taylor Shingler (9 points, 6 rebounds) also contributed for the Porters, who got good news that senior guard Taylor Hopkins is expected back this week. Hopkins, a four-year varsity player, has been out since late December with a hip flexor. “Sometimes, it can be Taylor or Treasure, or someone else with 20 points,” Maka said. “We still have a lot (5) of conference games coming up in the next week. We just have to work hard on defense to get some wins.” Maka and her teammates were happy to be part of the veteran festivities, too. “It’s a great cause,” Maka said. “Just to thank the veterans for what they’ve done.” Earlier in the week, on Jan. 17, Lockport lost to Stagg 40-36 in a SouthWest Suburban Conference game in Palos Hills. The Chargers (13-6, 2-3) rallied from a 19-12 halftime deficit and tied the Lockport forward Sawyer Hollatz attempts a shot from the corner against the Mustangs. The girls basketball game kicked off the Veterans Night, which honored military service, with the boys basketball team playing the second game of the evening to complete the doubleheader. game at 32-32 after three. With two minutes to play and the game tied, junior forward Nicole Vacha (9 points) scored on a layup to give the Chargers the lead for good. Senior guard Destiny Davis (8 points) and Travis (8 points) paced the Porters (0-5 in the SWSC Blue) in that game. Senior guard Jaime Ryan (11 points) and junior guard Kelsey Kelley (9 points) led Stagg. bowling From Page 46 would advance downstate for a sixth-straight season. Except it wasn’t. An otherwise outstanding season, which included a South- West Suburban Conference championship and a regional title for Lockport, came to a sudden end. The Porters were ninth overall with a total of 5,578 pins. That was 84 pins behind sixthplace finisher Oswego East. Lockport’s top individual was senior Alec Buchhaas, who made it to state with an at-large bid. “We struggled here [at Laraway Lanes] in the past,” Buchhaas said. “It was tough for us, but it was tough for everyone.” Buchhaas, one of Lockport’s two senior starters, finished with a total of 1,235. He had a trio of games of 210 or higher, including one of 257 in the fifth game. He and Plainfield South’s Austin Griffith tied with a 1,235 score. Junior Caleb Derrig (1,170) and senior Keith Pintoy (1,110) also bowled all six games for Lockport. Junior Evan Pleshar (713) and senior Mitch Gajda (709) both rolled four games, junior Andrew Bean (346) bowled two games, and sophomore Ray Bufka (167 in Game 1) and junior Jimmy Rozhon (128 in Game 2) each fired one game for the Porters. “We didn’t have it all day,” Lockport coach Ron Davis said. “We never broke 1,000 in any game [team high of 988 in Game 3]. The guys just couldn’t figure [lane conditions] out. It is what it is. All good things must come to an end.” Entering the season, the Porters weren’t sure how good the team would be. While they will miss the seniors, especially Buchhaas, they had a lot of underclassmen perform well. That will only help them next season. “We had a hard time picking the team this year,” Davis said. “We will have a good team next year.”