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Improving Lakes shows depth in rout

11/27/2012, 9:26pm CST
By Bryan Bonato

Lakes’ girls basketball program has shown improvement recently under the direction of Pete Schneider. The Eagles (3-3) handily defeated host Round Lake 52-27 to add to their season’s success.

Round Lake-11/27/12, Tues./Round Lake High School #3 Shawna Evans, of Round Lake moves up court vs. Lakes Tuesday night in game action. | Joe Shuman~For Sun-Times Media

Lakes’ girls basketball program has shown improvement recently under the direction of Pete Schneider.

So far this winter, the Eagles are continuing to progress. They have split their first six games, including Tuesday night’s 52-27 thumping of host Round Lake.

“We opened up with Rolling Meadows and Fremd at the Lake Zurich tournament, and we played really well,” said Schneider. “That’s a tough tournament. The only game we haven’t played well this season was against Cary-Grove.

Terese McMahon and Amanda Beetschen each had a dozen points for the Eagles.

“We’re deep. The kids work hard. I like where we’re at,” Schneider stated.

Besides McMahon, the other starters against Round Lake were Samantha Ney, Nicole Mogged, Shelby Trkla and Amanda Smith. Beetchen is one of the many reserves who play starter-type minutes.

“We’re able to put a lot of talent on the floor,” said Schneider. “We’ve always had good kids, but now we have good kids who also can play basketball.

“I don’t have reservations about putting any of the 12 kids in the lineup.”

McMahon, a three-year varsity player for Lakes, has seen the program grow up to where it can now compete with the big guns of the Chicago area.

“This year, we have basketball players,” McMahon said. “In previous years, we’ve had good athletes and hard workers, but this year we have players who can play and understand the game.

“We’re capable of doing things we weren’t able to do before.”

The anchors for Lakes are their five seniors: McMahon, Mogged, Smith, Trkla and Dana Olson

“I have five seniors who have been absolutely awesome,” Schneider said. “They’ve really taken it upon themselves to lead this team.

“They run the first 20 minutes of every practice.”

“It’s been a pretty good start [to the season] compared to previous years,” said Mogged. “But we still have a lot of room to improve.

“Our defense is our strong suit, but it definitely can be a lot stronger. We also can score a lot more than we have been. We have to get the ball into the post and get our shooters going.”

Morgan Evans tallied 13 points for Round Lake (0-4).

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