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Girls basketball: Red Devils return home triumphantly

Lowell's Katie Bobos (right) teamate Mackenzie Kreutz go after rebound against Andrean during their game held Lowell High School Friday

Lowell's Katie Bobos (right) and teamate Mackenzie Kreutz go after a rebound against Andrean during their game held at Lowell High School on Friday January 4, 2013. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 6, 2013 6:14AM



LOWELL — In its first home game in more than a month, Lowell scored the game’s first 15 points, and stretched it to a 34-point lead at the half in rolling to a 74-28 win over Andrean on Friday night.

“We played with confidence, more consistency and focus tonight,” Red Devils coach Matt Welsh said of his 11-1 team. “We were relaxed on offense, and we ran our break. We were able to do the things we need to do to win most games.”

Katie Bobos, who was honored Friday evening for eclipsing 1,000 points during last week’s Warsaw game, was dominant in the paint, rebounding and handling the basketball with fluidity. She scored 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds while spending less than half the game on the court.

Welsh noted that Bobos has been sick and missed the last four practices: “This is the first game she has played healthy in the last two weeks.”

Welsh was able to run a five-person rotation for most of the game, giving his girls equal time on the court until he subbed in the rest of his bench in the final minutes.

“We’re deep,” he said, noting that his depth helps even defensively. “Our defense has been here for all 12 games, I believe we’re one of the better defenses in the area.

“We played our game. We dictate how we play and tonight we had scoring balance. That’s what we are looking for.”

Lowell’s Carley Austgen finished with 12 points.

“Carley took the basketball to the hole; she was very relaxed,” Welsh added.

MacKenzie Kreutz, who has also been sick, added 16 points for the Red Devils.

The 59ers were missing two key players — leading scorer Madiso Lesch and Brenna Boyle.

First-year Andrean coach Tony Scheub that the pair, who were members of the state championship softball team, were at a ring presentation during the boys game.

“You really hate to not have them here, but it probably wouldn’t have changed much,” he said. “We only have six varsity girls that play a lot on a regular basis, and tonight, some of our other girls got to get a lot of playing time. That’s a plus.”

Andrean (5-1) got nine points from point guard Brittany Gray and six from Jessica Gray.



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