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Lake Forest's Brooke Green shoots against the Mundelein's during the game on November 29, 2012. | Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media
During a game, the mind of a point guard is in constant conflict.
Shoot or pass? Push the tempo or slow it down? Dribble right or break left?
Brooke Green, a sophomore on the Lake Forest girls basketball team, is getting a crash course on the position so far this season.
“You have to know your surroundings,” Green said. “You have to get the ball up the court, especially if they double you.”
Green is just doing that for a Lake Forest team that although young, has as much talent — and chemistry — as it has in several seasons. Green’s talent was on display in the Scouts’ North Suburban Conference Lake Division opener against Mundelein Nov. 29.
In her first varsity conference game, Green ran the floor with the authority of a more experienced player. A 5-foot-9 righthander, Green deftly switched to her left hand when pressured. Several times she found 5-9 junior forward Annie Keller open on the elbow or along the baseline, her passes on the mark and in a shooter’s position. Green finished the game with six assists and seven steals. “Tight pass or hard pass, threading the needle, she knows where to find me,” Keller said. “She’s young, but she needs to accept the fact that she’s the point guard and will be the go-to person.”
That’s a role that was forged over the summer.
The Scouts attended a camp at Monmouth, where they spent days focused strictly on basketball. Green, Keller and sophomores Grace Torkelson and Maddy Gailey already knew one another, having each attended Lake Bluff Middle School. But with the exception of Green and Torkelson, who played last year on the sophomore team, they hadn’t been on the court together recently.
At the camp, the Scouts spent valuable time with each other on and off the court. This bled into the fall, where Green, Torkelson and senior Gabby Perino competed together in a Full Package League. As preseason workouts began in October, it became clear that Green would be the Scouts’ point guard.
In the team’s first two games — both losses — she was tentative.
“I was nervous to play at first,” Green said. “I wasn’t into the swing of things, and I needed to be quicker.”
Things flipped in the team’s 36-35 win over Glenbrook North Nov. 17. Green, who had five steals, five rebounds and five assists in the game, dropped a perfect pass to Torkelson in the game’s final seconds. Torkelson scored the game-winner.
A point guard is asked to make a lot of decisions. More often than not, Green is making the right ones.
“She’s learning how to handle the pressure at the varsity level,” coach Kyle Wilhelm said. “There’s a bright future ahead for her. It’s only going to get better.” ~.