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Girls basketball: Whiting cruises past Lake Station

Updated: February 19, 2013 3:18PM



WHITING — The Whiting girls basketball team will get another shot at Bishop Noll.

With their Greater South Shore Conference Tournament semifinal 53-21 win over Lake Station on Thursday night, the Oilers matched their win total of last year with 16.

But there is one blemish on this year’s record that still stings the average Oilers fan. That can be rectified as early as Saturday in the conference tournament final.

“It would be a very big game,” Whiting guard Abby Bondi said of a rematch with a Bishop Noll team that beat the Oilers in overtime last week, and topped Wheeler in the other semifinal. “It would be bigger than the last time we played them because now we will come out with twice as much fire and twice as much power.”

Showing the same fire they as they did Thursday night would suffice.

Oilers coach Kevin Moynihan said he was happy with the intensity his girls showed in their second win over the Eagles this season, jumping out to a 23-7 lead after one quarter and putting it on autopilot the rest of the way.

“The intensity was there the entire game,” Moynihan said. “We’ve been trying to get that defensive intensity we had at the beginning of the season. We didn’t allow Lake Station to get into their offense. I think our effort was outstanding tonight.”

That effort, especially, on the defensive end, led to what Lake Station coach Kristy Hite called immature mistakes by her team that ended the suspense in this game early.

“We were prepared for them but their pressure beat us today,” Hite said. “Last time we played them they didn’t pressure us, they just outplayed us.”

The Oilers weren’t bad from long distance either, hitting seven 3-pointers, with Bondi nailing three of them and scoring a team-high 15 points. Joanna Dwyer had 12 to lead the Eagles.



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