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Lake Park Pulls Away From Bartlett, Advances To Regional Title Game

Lake Park might have the best high school gym mural I’ve ever seen.

Lake Park 57 Bartlett 50

Sparked by a furious finish to the third quarter, host Lake Park defeated Bartlett 57-50 Tuesday night in a Class 4A regional semifinal in Roselle.

After trailing the entire first half, Bartlett took a 28-24 lead with five and half minutes left in the third quarter. Lake Park responded with a 15-2 run to close out the third, and took a 39-30 lead into the fourth quarter. The run was led by Zach Wagner, who scored nine points in the third quarter.

“We picked up the defensive intensity and it just translated into momentum on offense,” said Wagner. “After that, we just went on a roll and got confident. We just kept on hitting shot after shot.”

The Lancers continued their run in the fourth quarter, opening up a 15 point lead (51-36) with four minutes left in the final frame. Lake Park outscored the Hawks 27-8 over a 10 minute stretch of the second half to take control of the game.

Dave Prentis made three three-pointers and had 11 points during that stretch.

“There was a point in that third quarter where the game could have gone either way,” said Lake Park head coach Josh Virostko. “If we didn’t get some stops, create some opportunities for ourselves, and they extended that four point lead, we probably lose tonight. We made a run, and got up double-digits pretty quick, and then we controlled the tempo the rest of the way.”

Wagner led Lake Park (19-8) with 19 points and six rebounds, while Dominique Spencer had 16 points and five rebounds for the Lancers.

Bartlett (14-15) was led by Jonathan Leigeber who had 14 points and seven rebounds. Marcus Aluquin and John Moss both had 10 points for the Hawks.

Lake Park will face York Friday night in the championship game of the Lake Park Regional. Virostko knows his Lancers must be up to the task defensively if they are to upset the higher seeded Dukes.

“We’ve hung our hat on the defensive end all year and if we think we’re a defensive team, we’ll prove if we’re fake or for real on Friday,” said Virostko. “York can score and they do an exceptional job of running their stuff. Obviously, we’re not going to stop them, we just want to try to contain them to a point where offensively we can score enough points to beat them.”

I wrote this story for the Chicago Sun-Times and yourseason.com. It appears here.

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Lisa Palmer Gets Double-Double As Bartlett Defeats Streamwood For Victory No. 26

Bartlett 54 Streamwood 37

Bartlett forward Lisa Palmer notched a double-double as the Hawks recorded their 26th victory of the season Thursday night, defeating Streamwood 54-37 in an Upstate Eight crossover game in Streamwood.

Palmer led Bartlett (26-1) with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Haley Videckis scored 12 points while guard Kristin Conniff added 11 for the Hawks.

“They were focusing on getting someone on our perimeter players. I like the fact that we went inside,” said Bartlett head coach Denise Sarna. “When their inside player [Hannah McGlone] got into foul trouble, it was more inviting for us to take the ball to the hole, and I thought Lisa responded with a nice game.”

Bartlett led 14-4 after the first quarter, but the Hawks quickly lost their lead after a sloppy start to the second quarter.

Bartlett turned the ball over on six of their first seven second quarter possessions, and Streamwood (14-13) took advantage.

The Sabres went a 14-2 run, sparked by six points from guard Jessica Cerda, and Streamwood went ahead 18-16 midway through the quarter.

Bartlett responded with a 10-0 run to end the half, and the Hawks went into halftime with a 26-18 lead.

“We were a little uninspired at times tonight. Streamwood has some good players and they were ready to play,” said Sarna. “We lost that lead but we asked some kids to step it up and respond, and they did, especially on the defensive end.”

Palmer scored 12 of her 18 points in the second half as the Hawks took control of the game. Palmer’s lay-up midway through the fourth quarter gave Bartlett a 20 point lead.

“I thought we played well tonight,” said Streamwood head coach George Rosner. “We could have buried some shots, we had some great looks. They’re so big, they pose so many match-up problems for us. They’re going to find the inside people against us, and they did that. That’s why they’re 26-1.”

McGlone led the Sabres with 13 points, while Cerda tallied 11 points.

I wrote this story for the Chicago Sun-Times and yourseason.com

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