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Tim O’Brien’s girls basketball notebook

12/17/2012, 7:36pm CST
By Tim O’Brien

Bolingbrook and Plainfield East are learning how to play without their top players, and Plainfield North’s Carlie Corrigan set the school record for points scored in a game.

Bolingbrook senior Kennedy Cattenhead has missed three games since hearing a pop in her right knee during warmups before a game vs. Lincoln-Way Central.

The four-year varsity player is going to the doctor Wednesday to get a diagnosis.

“It’s definitely a worry because she’s not back out there yet,” Bolingbrook coach Anthony Smith said. “We need her because she’s obviously a big piece, our leader with experience.”

The Raiders are 2-1 without Cattenhead, beating Sandburg and Lockport before falling Saturday to Morgan Park.

Juniors Amarah Coleman and Aysia Bugg have played well in Cattenhead’s absence. Smith hopes the experience pays off for his team in the long run, especially coming off the Morgan Park loss.

“We learned (in the wins), but it wasn’t as close or as pressure-packed,” Smith said. “They had opportunities to make a play, didn’t get it done, but hopefully, they come out working harder.”

Corrigan takes down record

Plainfield North’s Carlie Corrigan knows how her game works: start driving to the hoop and her jump shot will follow.

Showing off her all-around game, the senior guard dropped 43 points on host Plainfield East in a 82-81 overtime loss. It was a school record for points, a mark previously held by Tekeya Green, who scored 35 in 2008.

“I was in the gym a lot, shooting, trying to get back into rhythm,” Corrigan said. “I was trying to get back to the easier shots instead of settling for outside shots.”

She finished 10-of-11 from the free-throw line while also hitting 3-of-6 attempts from beyond the arc in the overtime loss.

Wait and see

Plainfield East improved to 12-0 with a blowout win over Plainfield Central, but the Bengals are playing without inside threat Gabby Williams.

The forward has been out since late November with a bone chip in one of her knees and is undergoing therapy. A timetable for her return hasn’t been set.

“We’re hoping she can be back pretty soon,” East coach Missy Mitidiero said. “She could miss two weeks, could be three or four. It’s just how fast she progresses.”

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