Senior Izzy Lee achieved her fourth double-double of the season for the Lyons Township High School girls basketball team on Jan. 7 at Oak Park and River Forest High School.
This time, she only needed one half to do it.
Lee collected 16 points and 11 rebounds by halftime of the Lions’ 53-21 West Suburban Conference Silver Division victory and finished with 18 points on 9-for-14 shooting and 14 rebounds in 18 minutes played.
“We were definitely moving really well. [OPRF was] playing kind of a more extended zone, so the middle was open a lot and I was getting the ball a lot,” Lee said.
“I got a couple of offensive [rebounds] and there were just a lot of defensive. They were shooting a lot.”
The Lions (15-3) improved to 7-0 in the WSC Silver on Jan. 8 with a 64-49 victory over Hinsdale Central in their annual home Pink Out game.
Lee had her fourth double-digit rebounding game of the season against OPRF and 14 first-quarter points as LTHS led 18-4. Hailey Markworth (11 points) and Elin O’Brien (9 points on 3 threes) also contributed.
“I do think [Lee] knows her role. If the guard shoots it, she’s going for the rebound regardless,” LT coach Meghan Hutchens said.
“We’re such a balanced team that people have to pay attention to our perimeter shooting, and it does leave Izzy open to catch and then make a move. She’s gotten so much better at being able to take [the ball] both to the basket right and left side.”
An Illinois soccer recruit, the 6-foot Lee believes her improving talents as a goalie also have enhanced her basketball play.
“It’s just hand skills, I guess, because as goalie you’re always catching the ball. Even when I’m getting hard passes, I find I can catch them more because I’m used to using my hands to catch a lot,” Lee said. “And then rebounding, it also helps because I’m used to jumping up and getting the ball.”
Saturday’s game against Hinsdale Central raised more than $800 for Vs. Cancer, a nonprofit fundraising campaign under the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
Olivia Mezan (18 points, 4 assists), Lee (17 points) and Markworth (16 points, 3 assists) scored in double figures.
The Riverside-Brookfield High School girls basketball team lost to Bishop McNamara 64-57 on Jan. 4 and Timothy Christian 39-30 on Jan. 6 in Metro Suburban Conference action.
Season-high score for RBHS gymnasts
The Riverside-Brookfield High School girls gymnastics team scored 130.325 points – a season high by 2.675 points – to finish fourth at Andrew’s Erin Olmsted Invitational on Jan. 8.
Lia Christiansen was fourth on vault (9.125) and all-around (34.775) and fifth on floor exercise (9.2). Annabel Krueger tied for seventh on balance beam (8.65).
Lyons Township was eighth (128.30) at Lake Forest’s Robin Straus Invitational Saturday. On beam, Emmy Bertucci tied for 17th (8.55) and Annmarie Holmes tied for 19th (8.5).