The Lyons Township High School girls basketball team dominated the competition en route to winning its own Thanksgiving tournament. Led by the steady play and leadership of senior center Hope Miller and senior guard Marisa Kopping, the Lions defeated DePaul Prep 65-9, Shepard 61-24 and Downers Grove South 46-27.
“Hope Miller had great inside play throughout the weekend,” LTHS coach Paul Krick said. “Marisa gave us a huge lift off of the bench, and [senior guard Megan] Hickey and [sophomore forward Claire] Purcell had really strong defensive presence. It was a real team effort with unselfish play, and it was really fun to watch.”
Junior center Emily Pender led the way for the Lions with 16 points against DePaul Prep, while senior guard Vicki Swift scored 17 points in the win over Shepard. Kopping netted 11 points in victory against Downers Grove South.
Hickey played great defense throughout the tournament.
“Megan came off the bench and really gave us a spark,” Krick said. “She had a lot of defensive energy. I know it’s not flashy stuff, but from a coach’s standpoint, when the team buys into the concept of playing hard and unselfish it’s a sign of maturity. It’s great to have that senior-heavy leadership for our underclassmen to rely on.”
Miller missed the Downers Grove South game to illness, but the nine active players played well against the Mustangs.
“One of the big strengths of our team is that there’s not just one superstar,” Krick said. “Everybody is contributing, things are really spread out and we make the extra pass. We’re really unselfish and we got a real lift from our inside players in Miller and Pender.”
LTHS takes on St. Joseph Saturday, Dec. 6 (2 p.m.) in a nonconference game in Westchester.