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lockportlegend.com SPORTS the Lockport Legend | January 25, 2018 | 45 Girls Basketball Balanced scoring leads to decisive LTHS victory over Morton Teams inspired by military members on Veterans Night 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-to-back 3-pointers to spur an 11-0 run. Lockport 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. 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 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 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 Lockport forward Sawyer Hollatz attempts a shot from the corner against the Mustangs. 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 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. This Week In... Lockport Township High School Varsity Athletics Boys Swimming and Diving ■Jan. ■ 25 at Homewood-Flossmoor, 5 p.m. Girls Bowling ■Jan. ■ 27 at Dixon Invite, 9 a.m. at Plum Hollow Center ■Jan. ■ 30 host Minooka, 4:15 p.m. at Strike and Spare II Boys Basketball ■Jan. ■ 26 at Stagg, 6:30 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 30 host Joliet Central, 6:30 p.m. Girls Basketball ■Jan. ■ 25 at Lincoln-Way East, 6:30 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 30 host Homewood- Flossmoor, 5 p.m.
46 | January 25, 2018 | The Lockport Legend SPORTS lockportlegend.com Porters return to championship form at conference tourney Jason Maholy Freelance Reporter Lockport wrestlers won five individual titles, and finished in the Top 6 in 12 of 14 weight classes as the Porters ended the regular season by rolling to the team title at the Tom Lahey Invitational Tournament last weekend in Palos Hills. The two-day event, which this year substituted for the annual SouthWest Suburban Conference Tournament, was held Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20, at Stagg High School. It featured 17 teams including all 13 SWSC programs. Lockport, which has experienced growing pains one season after winning the Class 3A state title, dominated a challenging field and cruised to the tourney crown with 249 points. Runner-up Lincoln-Way East finished with 170.5, followed by Sandburg with 163, and Lincoln-Way West and Andrew, which tied for fourth with 159 points each. Lincoln- Way Central finished 11th with 57 points. The Porters finished only 11-8 in dual meets this season, but faced arguably the state’s toughest schedule and showed why they will contend for a second consecutive Class 3A state team title. Lockport ruled the lower and middle weights as Mike Kaminsky (106), Matt Ramos (113), James Pierandozzi (138), Baylor Fernandes (145) and Zach Reese (152) were crowned champs. Anthony Moulton finished second at 120. Moulton, who placed fourth last season in Class 3A at 113 pounds, nearly handed Stagg’s Domenic Zaccone his first loss of the season, as he led the two-time state medalist by a point with less than one minute remaining before dropping a 4-3 decision. Zaccone’s only loss in 2016-2017 was to Joey Melendez of Montini in the 113-pound state title match. Moulton was disappointed, but said it meant a lot to him that he was on the brink of upsetting the undefeated Zaccone. “I know he’s really good, but I know I can be up there with the top guys,” he said. “It just lets me know what I need to work on to beat the top guys. It was a good experience. I’m getting ready for state so I’ll probably see him there.” The Porters are finally employing the lineup coach Josh Oster had anticipated they would have all season. The Porters dropped dual meets to East (29-28), Sandburg (36-36, tiebreaker) and West (34-30) this season, but clearly had the superior squad at the tournament. “Sometimes it’s hard to see the big picture when you’re in the trenches and you’re losing dual meets by two points, three points, a tiebreaker, and five or six meets come down to the last match, and you get beat up mentally that way,” Oster said. “As a coaching staff we tried to stay positive with them and just emphasize it’s not about right now. We Lockport’s James Pierandozzi looks to get the pin Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Tom Lahey Invitational Tournament in Palos Hills.. Jason Maholy/22nd Century Media never talk about who we’re missing because you wrestle with who you’ve got, and everyone’s a part of it; they’re all going to wrestle at some point and everyone’s got to step up.” Also placing for the Porters were: Austin Kolada (160) and Yousef Salah (182) in fourth place; Matt Kronsbein (132) and Malik Daghash (170) in fifth place; and Parker Pavlacka-Piel (220) and John Tomas (285) taking sixth. Let Schaaf Window ® show you what over 50 YEARS in the industry can do for your shower! Nothing lets life into your home like products from Schaaf Window ® . 708.342.0900 www.schaafwindow.com | 18445 Thompson Ct. Tinley Park, IL 60477 | Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm