Lyons’ balance too much for Oak Park-River Forest
La Grange, IL - Friday, January 4, 2013: Oak Park-River Forest's Helen Onyenso (24) backs in on Lyons Township's Ashanti Davis (23). | Steve Johnston~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 8, 2013 4:01PM
LA GRANGE — Friday night’s West Suburban Silver game featured two teams headed in opposite directions.
Lyons, which won for the fourth time in its last six games, pulled out a 60-48 victory over visiting Oak Park-River Forest. For the first time in coach Katie Meyers’ two years, all five of her starters scored in double figures, led by 12 points each from Ashanti Davis, Sara Beck and Victoria Swift.
“That is the best news,” Meyers said. “To get a single contribution from everyone. Hopefully, we can beat some teams down the road.”
Lyons (10-6, 3-4) was playing its first game after finishing fourth at Wheaton North’s Neibch Holiday Classic. Lyons and OPRF were tied at 31 at halftime, but Lyons pulled away in the second half with eight consecutive points in the fourth quarter and a 13-4 run to end the game.
Kayla Morrissey and Gaby Galassini added 10 points each for Lyons. The team’s leading scorer for the season, Davis (7 rebounds), found her shot in the second half after scoring only four points in the first half. Swift’s total included two 3-pointers.
“It was the first time we played four quarters of basketball,” Meyers said. “I’m proud of the girls. They continue to work on the second half of the season.”
The Huskies (5-11, 1-5) lost their eighth game in nine outings as their shooting struggles started in third quarter when they went 4-of-16. After Cuya Hall’s 3-pointer with 6:26 remaining trimmed Lyons’ lead to 47-44, OPRF scored only two more baskets, including a 15-foot jumper by Hailey Hoye with 40 seconds remaining.
OPRF hopes to snap its three-game skid when it welcomes Glenbard West at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Hilltoppers beat the Huskies 48-47 Dec. 4.
“It’s the story of our season,” OPRF coach J.P. Coughlin said. “We don’t finish around the basket. It’s frustrating, because they do work hard. It’s not fun losing. They work so hard, but they do not see the results.”
Lyons scored the first seven points in the game, but the Huskies led 23-21 on Caroline Kelty’s seven-foot running jumper with 4:12 to go in the second quarter. Kelty finished with a team-high 12 points.