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Warriors drop season opener to Glenbard North

The Willowbrook girls basketball team kicked off its 2017-18 season with a 48-37 loss to Glenbard North on Nov. 14 in Villa Park. The Warriors lost their next two games, both of which took place at a tournament at Marist High School. Plainfield East defeated the Warriors 64-50 on Nov. 15. One day later, Lincoln-Way East earned a 67-35 win over Willowbrook.
The Warriors trailed Glenbard North 20-12 at halftime of the season opener. Junior Katelyn McCann made two 3-point shots in the third quarter to cut into the Panthers’ lead. A 3-point play by senior Kayla Smith trimmed Glenbard North’s lead to 25-23. The Panthers rebuilt a 34-27 lead by the end of the period.
McCann’s basket with about five minutes to play in the game cut the Panthers’ lead to 36-35. Less than two minutes later, McCann’s steal and basket dropped the Glenbard North lead to 38-37. That basket would account for Willowbrook’s final points of the game.
McCann, who made three 3-point shots, scored a team-leading 16 points. She also grabbed seven rebounds. Smith scored six points, while junior Emma Barrington provided five points. The Schmid sisters—juniors Maureen and Megan— each scored four points. Junior Sydney Verdino scored two points and pulled down five rebounds.
Verdino scored 11 points and made nine rebounds in the loss to Plainfield East. McCann also scored 11 points. Barrington and junior Maura Heneghan both tallied seven points, while Smith scored six points.

Rams begin the season with a narrow loss

The Glenbard East girls basketball team opened its 2017-18 season with last week’s 40-38 loss to Plainfield Central in Lombard. The Rams had a chance to win the Nov. 14 contest with a long 3-point shot in the closing seconds, but the shot missed its mark.
Glenbard East and Plainfield Central were tied at 9-9 after one quarter; the two teams were tied at 15-15 at halftime. The Rams held a 27-23 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Senior Katie Hansen scored eight points for Glenbard East. Junior Sophie Moore added seven points, while seniors Sam Dooley and Sommer Dolinski both scored six points. Seniors Bobbi Poke and Mattie Pusateri added four points apiece.
The Rams played their first of five games in the 22nd annual Rachel Bach Tournament on Nov. 16. Geneva, the defending IHSA Class 4A state champion, defeated Glenbard East 53-26 in Lombard. The Vikings held a commanding 23-2 lead after one quarter. The lead grew to 36-8 by halftime.
Hansen led the Rams in scoring with seven points. Dooley, Moore and junior Mackenzie Lyons each scored five points. Pusateri provided four points.
The Rams struggled in their second game of the tournament, a 45-12 home loss to Glenbard West. Glenbard East trailed the Hilltoppers 15-3 after one quarter and 30-6 at halftime. Junior Tori Tyler connected on a 3-point shot for the Rams’ only points of the first quarter. Dooley’s 3-pointer provided the team’s only points of the second quarter.
The Rams complete the Rachel Bach Tournament with this week’s games against Downers Grove North, Glenbard North and Glenbard South.

State meet qualifier

Willowbrook junior Elissa Haake competed at the IHSA girls state swimming and diving meet on Friday at New Trier High School in Winnetka. A member of the Addison Trail/Willowbrook co-op team, Haake swam in two events—the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races. She needed to finish among the top 12 swimmers in each event during Friday’s preliminaries to advance to Saturday’s finals. Haake posted a 16th-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle, which she finished in 1 minute, 53.50 seconds. She finished the 100-yard freestyle in a 24th-place time of 52.73 seconds. One year ago, Haake advanced to the consolation finals of the same two events at the state meet. She placed ninth in the 200-yard race and 10th in the 100-yard event. Haake qualified for this year’s state meet by swimming under the qualifying standard times at the Downers Grove North Sectional. Two weeks before the sectional, Haake won the 100- and 200-yard freestyle titles at the West Suburban Gold Conference meet. She broke a 35-year-old conference meet record in the 100-yard race, which she completed in 53.69 seconds. She narrowly missed setting another conference record in the 200-yard freestyle, which she won in 1:55.81.