Girls basketball: LaCrosse gets first postseason win since 1996
By Nick Nochevich Post-Tribune correspondent February 5, 2013 9:36PM
Updated: February 5, 2013 11:33PM
VALPARAISO — LaCrosse got its its first postseason win since 1996, prevailing against a young, pesky Gary Lighthouse team in a 51-30 win to advance into the second round of the Class 1A Morgan Township Sectional.
But the win did not come pretty.
“A win is a win,” LaCrosse coach Brian McMahan said. “We surely didn’t play the way we thought we would and got out of what was working for us early, but the jitters are hopefully over and we’ll take the win and move on.”
LaCrosse and Lighthouse came out aggressively early as both traded baskets until LaCrosse worked the ball into the middle to junior Callie McDougal. McDougal used her height advantage, leading her team to a 17-9 lead after one period.
LaCrosse turned to Gabbie Sievers in the second quarter. She also used her height advantage to help secure a 32-19 halftime lead.
Lighthouse (3-13) was led by Destiny Browning, who finished with 13 points.
“We are a young team in our first year of postseason play, and to come in here and hear folks acknowledge our play is a victory in my eyes,” Lighthouse coach Katie Kirley said.
LaCrosse (7-13) was led in scoring by Sievers’ 13 points, Alissa Tucker’s 11 points and McDougal’s 10 points. The Tigers will face Covenant Christian in the first semifinal on Friday night.
“We talked about the NCAA Tournament and how teams face early scares and come back and play for the national title,” McMahan said. “Hopefully we had our scare and come out Friday ready to play.”