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42 | January 25, 2018 | The Northbrook tower sports northbrooktower.com North too much for Panthers Gary Larsen Freelance Reporter US... IS BETTER TOGETHER SAVE UP TO A TOTAL COMBINED SAVINGS OF $248 JOIN TODAY! At the Y, members get more LAST CHANCE! JANUARY SPECIAL! • No Joiner’s Fee • 1 FREE month membership for a friend • 10% OFF Small Group Training • FREE Fitness Assessment • Unlimited free group exercise classes with more than 60 offered weekly, including yoga, Pilates, Werq ® , TRX, cycle, Les Mills BODYPUMP TM & Les Mills GRIT TM • Two floors of the latest in cardio, strength, free weights and circuit training equipment • Modern strength training center and track for all levels of users • Full-sized gymnasium, 3 racquetball courts, and indoor 25-yard, six-lane pool • FREE babysitting while you work out and FREE family programs • Need-based scholarship options available NORTH SUBURBAN YMCA • 2705 Techny Rd. Northbrook, IL • 847-272-7250 • nsymca.org Glenbrook North showed Regina Dominican that often times in basketball a loss comes down to just three words: too much size. The host Spartans’ 44- 30 win over the visiting Panthers was punctuated throughout by their superior height at nearly every position, in a non-conference girls’ basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 20. “We don’t have the size to match them,” Regina coach Bob Newton said. “When we’re at our best, we’re playing defense and forcing teams to do things they don’t like to do. We did that for a little bit today but then we couldn’t stop the ball from going in the post.” Glenbrook North senior post player Morgan Paull led all scorers with 13 points, and five other Spartans had at least two baskets apiece in the win. Glenbrook North coach Danielle Fluegge knew her girls held a physical edge over Regina so her pre-game message was clear. “We’ve been preaching to the girls that when you play a team that you’re supposed to beat, you have to beat them.” Fluegge said. “We have eight seniors and they’ve been hearing those kinds of things a lot over four years, and it’s nice to see them put it into action.” The Spartans (9-9) led 23-5 at halftime and 36- 11 after three quarters before Fluegge sent in her second-team players for the fourth quarter. Regina (9-13) had the Glenbrook North senior Morgan Paull eyes Regina’s defense Saturday, Jan. 20, in Northbrook. Gary Larsen/22nd Century Media game’s first basket, a 3-pointer from freshman guard Laura Strenk. But the Spartans answered with an 11-0 scoring run to the end of the first quarter, then posted a 12-2 scoring edge in the second. A 13-6 scoring edge in the third quarter gave the Spartans a 25-point lead, and Glenbrook North junior Faith Kim liked what she saw from her side as it built its lead on Saturday. “We know we can play well when we stick together,” Kim said. “Something that has helped us a lot in the last few games is instead of being down on ourselves for losing games we shouldn’t have lost, we’ve really been picking each other up.” Strenk led the Panthers with 10 points, sophomore Nora Clancy scored 9 and junior Caitlin Ward had 10 rebounds in the loss. The Panthers played with more cohesion in the fourth quarter, matched up against the Spartans’ second team, and Regina posted a 19-8 scoring edge in the quarter. “We all have strengths and we needed to combine them today,” Strenk said. “In the fourth quarter we finally started to combine well together. And like coach says, until (the post-season) everything is practice. So we’re all practicing really hard.” Newton agreed. “We’ve made great progress and we’re playing better together than we did last year,” Newton said. “So we’ve seen a lot of progress and we’re much improved defensively. But we don’t have enough kids who are confident enough to think of themselves as scorers and we’re trying to develop that through practice.” Newton also applauded the varsity season Strenk is having as a freshman. “She’s really our first basketball player because all of our other kids are multi-sport athletes who are playing basketball just because they’re athletic enough,” Newton said. “She has played really well.” Strenk is just happy to be a varsity contributor. “It’s like the coolest thing ever. It’s such a great experience,” Strenk said. Please see b-ball, 41
northbrooktower.com sports the northbrook tower | January 25, 2018 | 43 Girls Hockey Glenbrook pleased with win over Scouts 22nd Century Media File Photo 1st-and-3 Stars of the Week 1. Koby Wilcox (ABOVE) Glenbrook’s defenseman continued her hot season and scored two goals to help her team take care of the Scouts. 2. Jack Ulrich North’s senior bowler led the way with a 1,290 to help the Spartans return to the state finals a weekend after a strong performance at the sectional invite. 3. Cam Casey The Spartans wrestler finished second in the 182-pound class in the CSL conference tournament over the weekend where North was fifth. Gary Larsen Freelance Reporter It’s not common for both teams to skate away happy after a 4-1 hockey game, but Glenbrook and Lake Forest managed the feat. Glenbrook was pleased with its solid play throughout its win at the Northbrook Sports Center on Saturday, Jan. 20, especially after a choppy performance one day prior in a loss to Naper Valley. “We had a tough night last night in Naperville. They took it to us,” Glenbrook coach Steve Hamelin said. “Tonight, it was hard work, we played as a team and kept it simple, and were very disciplined. We won the foot battles and kept the pressure on.” The offensive star for Glenbrook was stalwart senior defenseman Koby Wilcox, who scored the first and fourth goals in the win. Chloe Carroll and Alicia Kim scored the other two goals for Glenbrook. Kim liked the way her side bounced back after the loss to Naper Valley. “We had opportunities in that game but at times we weren’t communicating, and that’s what broke our defense down,” Kim said. “But not tonight. And I think we have a good chance to win it all if we keep progressing the way we have been.” Lake Forest was happy with its effort against defending state champion Glenbrook, especially since Scouts defenseman Hannah Matthews was forced to play in net with starting goalie Amanda Peter absent due to injury. Matthews is a defenseman whose experience in net consisted of one three-on-three game during the spring of 2017 and one practice leading up to Saturday’s game. She borrowed goalie equipment from her younger sister Sarah, an eighth-grader who plays goalie for the Falcons U14 team. Matthews made 24 saves on Saturday and wasn’t particularly nervous heading into the game. “It was fun and I was super excited,” she said. “The hard part was just trying to figure out the different muscle movements. I watched (Sarah) play yesterday and I was watching the other goalie, too.” Lake Forest coach Liz Zorn was grateful for the effort that Matthews gave her. “She volunteered and jumped right in. She was awesome,” Zorn said. “We had a good game. Our defense played well, our offense was getting shots off, and we played with energy.” Glenbrook’s Chloe Carroll (left) congratulating teammate Koby Wilcox on her firstperiod goal Saturday, Jan. 20, in Northbrook. Gary Larsen/22nd Century Media Matthews appreciated the effort that defensemen Annika Sornson, Jessica Krug, Sarah Newtown, and Abby Benjamin put forth in front of her. “They blocked a lot of shots for me and they cleaned the puck pretty efficiently, so that was really helpful,” Matthews said. “I thought as a team we played really well.” Lake Forest led 1-0 in the first period on a Kennedy Stein goal but Wilcox tied the game on an assist from Carroll. Kim attacked the net from the right side and finished with a backhand shot in the second period, and three minutes later it was Kim’s rush up the ice and shot on net that allowed Carroll to bury the rebound to give Glenbrook a 3-1 lead. Addie Carr also assisted on Glenbrook’s third goal. Kim also defended hard throughout the win in a two-way effort that stood out. “(Kim’s) compete-level is off the charts,” Hamelin said. “She’s very coachable, she has some tenacity to her, and she wants to go to the net. She’s using her teammates well, too. “Eleni (Tasiopoulos) played really well, too. We needed a good all-around effort from everyone and we got it, but I thought that was probably the best game I’ve seen Alicia play this year.” Kim likes to play center but has mainly played wing for Glenbrook and the freshman can play almost anywhere on the ice. “I’ve played pretty much every position,” Kim said. “I started out as a defenseman so I’m defensiveminded and I’ve played center, too. So I know the offensive and defensive sides of the game. But I’m happy to play anywhere.” Listen Up “... It’s nice to see them put it into action.” Danielle Fluegge — The Glenbrook North’s girls basketball coach on her team’s improvement. tunE in What to watch this week The Glenbrook North girls gymnastics team will compete in the CSL Invite on Friday, Jan. 26. • 6 p.m. at Deerfield Index 41 - Boys Bowling 39 - Boys Swimming Fastbreak is compiled by The Tower’s staff. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.