The Riverside Brookfield girls basketball team obliterated yet another conference opponent last week, keeping the team’s quest for the 2005-06 Suburban Prairie (East) Conference championship title within range.
The Bulldogs (13-3, 4-0) jumped out fast against Westmont and cruised to an 83-38 victory on Saturday. RB showed some rust to begin the game, with Westmont keeping stride for stride against the talented Bulldog squad in the first few minutes?”enter the Katelyn McCloskey show. The senior took control of the game, scoring 12 first-quarter points to help the Bulldogs take an impressive 28-9 lead at the end of one. Once it got rolling, RB’s size and skill overpowered Westmont, with the Bulldogs building a comfortable 46-20 lead by halftime.
“Westmont did not match up against our height and we took advantage,” said RB coach Larry Rocco. “They hit there first few shots, but then they went cold thereafter. We hadn’t played for almost a week, so I think that was why we started slow, but once we regrouped it was nice to see the girls come out and shoot the ball well.”
Katelyn McCloskey led RB with 21 points courtesy of 10-for-13 shooting. Maggie McCloskey had 11 assists and scored 11 points while senior center Erin Pfiefffer snagged 11 rebounds and scored 11 points. Stephanie Magdic also chipped in 10 points.
While he was please to add another conference victory to the win column, Rocco was most pleased to see center Sarah Strait return to his lineup. The junior played in her first game since having surgery on her ACL and made an immediate donation to the Bulldog lineup, scoring five points and grabbing four rebounds.
“She (Strait) gives us a big lift by giving us much more depth off the bench,” Rocco said. “She gives us another rebounder in conjunction with Erin Pfieffer. She played two minutes at a time and we are really going to take it easy with her, but it was great to have her back. We already have great contributions from Lauren Orgler, Colleen Hartman, Regan Riley and Anna Lusthoff filling in, so I am feeling even better about our lineup.”
Things will get a lot more difficult for the Bulldogs this week. They faced Batavia last night (after deadline), before taking on conference foe Lemont on Friday (7 p.m.) in Brookfield. Rocco knows that Lemont will be a tough test for his team.
“They are out for revenge. We beat them by three the first time we played this year, so we match up very well,” he said. “Lemont has only three or four losses this year and they play a good defensive game. There is no doubt that it will be a battle.”