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Stagg's Ali Conrad (2) grabs a pass and puts a shot up against Lincoln-Way West's Stephanie McDonald (3) and Amanda Hozzian (33) during their basketball game in Palos Hills Thursday, December 6, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
For one quarter, host Stagg and Lincoln-Way West went at it toe to toe Thursday night like a pair of rival siblings. After that ...
“It felt like a big sister kicking a little sister’s butt out there. It was just an old-fashioned butt-kicking that we got,” West coach Ryan White said after Stagg ran away with a 55-24 Southwest Suburban Red victory.
An all-senior starting lineup for the Chargers (3-2, 1-0) was led by Revi McMahon (11 points), Carrie Sinclair (10 points), Alexa Janus (8 points) and Ali Conrad (6 points, 5 rebounds). Junior Casey McMahon added 11 points and eight rebounds.
West (3-3, 0-1) was led by Amanda Hozzian (8 points) and Stephanie McDonald (6 points, 6 rebounds).
The Chargers broke open a 14-12 game after one quarter with a 14-0 run to start the second. During that stretch Casey McMahon had two steals and Janus one. When they weren’t stealing the ball they were harassing West into a bevy of missed shots.
“We were really fired up,” Revi McMahon said. “We didn’t want to have a repeat of last season when we lost our conference opener to them. We had to keep playing hard, and push the tempo.”
Offensively, they hit the Warriors from a variety of directions. Sinclair and Casey McMahon each nailed two first-half three-pointers, while Janus and Revi McMahon attacked the lane. It was 35-17 at intermission, and it never got closer.
“We have a lot of scoring options on this team,” Sinclair said. “Everyone is a threat, which is very good for us.”
Conrad was key underneath, both in rebounding and taking in tosses that she converted into layups. At 5-foot-9, she’s one of the taller Chargers.
“We have the guard game, a lot of good shooters who can score us points,” Conrad said. “But we need players inside to go for rebounds, so I’m stepping up for that role.”
West, which has two sophomores and a freshman in the starting lineup, scored just five points in the second and third quarters and just two in the fourth.
“It felt like (Stagg) was a step ahead at every position,” White said. “And then we tried to come out and trap, but they have very good guards. We just dug ourselves a hole.
“With the young kids that we’ve got, we’ve got to step up and move on to the next game.”