GAMER: LF 64, HP 32
Maybe the Big Hurt — Frank Thomas — should come more often.
Lake Forest’s girls basketball team came up with a suitable-for-framing performance in the opening round of the Blue Devil Classic at Warren High School on Dec. 26.
The popular ex-Chicago White Sox Hall of Fame first baseman, who is related to LF junior forward Grace Tirzmalis, watched the Scouts win Big over Highland Park 64-32.
“Whatever our players did for the last 48 hours, I say do it again,” said LF head coach Kyle Wilhelm.
The Scouts (8-6) shot out to a quick 11-0 lead in the first quarter.
And then, after Highland Park (6-8) closed the gap to seven points, 32-25, on a three-pointer by Kirby Bartelstein with 6:07 left in the third quarter, Lake Forest went on a crushing 12-0 run to take full control of the contest.
“They played very well,” said Giants head coach Jolie Bechtel. “But they’re not 32 points better than us.
“Tomorrow is a new day,” she added.
Every button that Wilhelm pushed worked out well.
“Everyone that I brought in did a good job,” said the LF coach.
Star sophomore Halle Douglass was the only player to score in double figures (10). She also had 13 assists and three rebounds.
Five LF players — Tirzmalis, Audrey Kaus, Jen Whittington, Ellie Pearson and Lilly Trkla — tallied eight points each.
Kaus was particularly active in the game. She added four rebounds, four steals and two blocks.
“Audrey sets the tone for us defensively. That’s for sure,” said Wilhelm. “She loves when she’s given a tough assignment [guarding HP standout Addie Budnik]. She thrives with that. She lives for it.”
Whittington and Pearson contributed four rebounds apiece. Tizmalis and Trkla had three boards each.
The Scouts ended up with 15 offensive rebounds. HP had two.
HP’s stat leaders were Budnik (7 points, 6 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2 rebounds), Bartelstein (6 points), Sydney Ignoffo (8 points), Halle Abrams (6 points, 5 rebounds) and Zoe Hayman (5 points).