Ally Cesarini

Senior Ally Cesarini and her Lyons Township High School girls basketball teammates could have been exhausted with yet another game on Jan. 16.

Instead, the Lions had one of their highest offensive outputs and continued their winning ways by beating St. Charles East 63-48 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Invitational at Batavia.

Cesarini had 19 points, eight steals and another jaw-dropping blocked shot for the Lions (19-4). Nora Ezike (11 points) and Ella Ormsby (10 points) also finished in double figures.

“We just keep calling Ally a machine because you’d think she be tired with the amount of minutes and the defensive responsibilities we give her, but she keeps showing up every day,” LTHS coach Meghan Hutchens said. “It was a really good team win. Ally had a phenomenal game. Nora also had some really nice drives to the basket.”

The Lions also maintained first place in the West Suburban Conference Silver with their busy schedule. They moved to 8-0 in conference by beating Downers Grove North 39-28 on Jan. 14, after wins over Hinsdale Central 57-39 on Jan. 12 and Glenbard West 59-47 n Jan. 10.  

Ormsby had a season-high 17 points against Downers North and five steals. Cesarini added seven points.

Ezike had her season best of 20 points along with 10 rebounds against Hinsdale Central 57-39 and Cesarini added 13 points. 

Ezike (17 points), Cesarini (12 points), Elin O’Brien (10 points), Ormsby (9 points) and Kennedy Wanless (8 points) led the balanced attack against Glenbard West.

“We had [another] really nice team win,” Hutchens said. “When we all play well like that and the starters have even double-digit scoring, it’s hard to beat. It was a fun game to watch.”