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O’Brien, Warren ease past Waukegan

12/01/2012, 11:31pm CST
By Bryan Bonato

Warren led 29-3 at halftime and scored the first 10 points of the second half en route to a 48-15 victory over Waukegan Saturday.


Warren's Hailey Leinart (44) pulls down a rebound in front of Waukegan's Ashanta Colburn (23) during the second quarter of Saturday's game. Warren won the game, 48-15. | Brian O'Mahon

Warren scored the game’s first 16 points and held host Waukegan scoreless for a 13- minute 23-second stretch around the halftime break en route to a 48-15 victory on Saturday in a non-conference prep girls basketball game.

Warren (3-3) will play at Mundelein on Wednesday. Waukegan is now 0-3, having lost earlier in the week to Deerfield (46-34) and Niles West (46-25).

Observations on the game:

? Warren’s Kristen O’Brien had 10 of the game’s first 16 points.

? The Bulldogs started four juniors and a sophomore. They have two returning varsity players — neither was in the lineup Saturday.

? Waukegan was 5-of-31 from the field and 4-for-15 from the foul line. Markiera Reed (9 points) and Kylah Collins (6 points) led Waukegan.

? Warren looked like a pinball machine on offense during the first two-plus quarters, with the ball flying around between players without hitting the floor until someone got an open look.

? Waukegan turned the ball over 29 times.

? Warren led 29-3 at halftime and scored the first 10 points of the second half before Reed and Collins outscored the Blue Devil bench mob 12-7 in the game’s final 11 minutes (starter Cassie Christie also added two for Warren after briefly reentering the game).

? The Waukegan girls play hard on defense and get after rebounds and loose balls but just don’t have the basketball skill to hang with most teams at the varsity level.

Here’s what Warren coach John Stanczykiewicz said about the big win:

“I’m really proud of the way we played today. We were able to work on some things. We’ve been working hard on ball control and not beating ourselves with turnovers, and we did a very good job of that today.

“We hadn’t played a zone team yet this year, and we did a good job playing with composure and making good decisions with the ball. And we shot the ball well. The offense always looks great when you’re making shots. Today was easily our best shooting day of the year. Hopefully, that portends good things for us in the future.

“For the last week, we’ve been telling the kids, the opponent is really us right now. We feel we have some good basketball players on this team. If we give ourselves a chance to play to our potential, we can be a very competitive team.”

“At Thanksgiving, we played New Trier, Loyola, Bogan, and Phillips, and none of those four teams allows you to have a bad day (Warren finished 1-3, beating Phillips). That’s why we play in that tournament. Those teams are all good teams. They’re all well-coached, and they expose what you need to work on to get better. It’s not always fun to go through those times, but we have learned what we need to do to get better. The No. 1 thing is to take care of the basketball.”

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