Girls basketball: Lake Central shuts down Lowell after halftime
By John O’Malley Post-Tribune correspondent January 15, 2013 10:40PM
Updated: February 17, 2013 6:40AM
LOWELL — Matt Welsh left the building moments after Lowell’s game with Lake Central on Tuesday night.
The way the Indians’ defense stymied the Red Devils in the second half, it might have seemed like the coach’s team left the building, too.
With senior Jessica Bell leading the defense with a near-blanketing of Lowell star, Katie Bobos, the Indians (10-6) covered and smothered the Red Devils (12-3) on their way to a 40-16 victory.
Bell, who earned a full ride to Division II Mercyhurst University (Erie, Pa.) next year, limited Bobos to nine points — including only two second-half free throws — while posting a double-double with game-highs of 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Bell collected her 500th career rebound as LC snapped a 12-all halftime tie, held the Devils to four second-half points, and cruised to its fourth straight win.
“He (Urban) kinda got on my butt a little bit at halftime,’’ Bell said. “He told me to relax and start playing the way I’m capable of playing. When I did, he said: ‘About time.’ ”
Bell said guarding Bobos is difficult.
“It’s one of the toughest matchups I’ve ever had,’’ she said. “We’ve played against each other or with one another since the seventh grade. We know each other very well. We wanted to make sure to keep her off the boards and not let her drive to the basket. We knew she had a great pull-up jumper, too. I tried to keep a hand in her face. I wanted to play a little taller. Lindsay Kusbel did a good job on the help side, too.’’
Urban was pleased with Bell’s game.
“She just did a great job of locking (Bobos) down the second half — along with everybody else,’’ he said. “We challenged the kids at (Monday’s) practice. We’re not the most skilled team in the state, so we have to make sure we guard other people.’’
Lowell assistant coach Jim Welsh said the Red Devils couldn’t hang with LC.
“They made adjustments and picked it up offensively the second half and we didn’t match their intensity,’’ he said. “Bell’s not a Division II scholarship player for nothing. She’s a very good, solid all-around player. I really like her game. She’s very efficient.’’
Tara Zlotkowski (10 points) also scored in double figures for LC.