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Lincoln-Way Central point guard Kelsie Foster's game-sealing assist in Monday's 52-49 win over Lockport was two seasons in the making.
As a freshman, Foster was a forward who predominantly played inside.
Called up to varsity as a sophomore, she provided an outside shooting spark.
Now a junior, Foster can add another talent to her resume; point guard.
“It’s a very cool transition,” Foster said. “It’s been beneficial for me with my height, but it is hard too. I’m doing it for my team and myself.”
The 5-foot-10 junior is still adjusting, but as she showed late in Monday’s game against visiting Lockport, the positives are waiting to be tapped.
Driving down the lane with less than a minute to go, Foster dished the ball to a waiting Autumn Schultz for a wide-open bucket under the basket that put Central up five and stopped a Lockport comeback dead in its tracks. The Knights held on for the SouthWest Suburban Blue win.
“It was an awesome play,” Foster said with a smile. “I drove expecting I would take the shot, but I saw Autumn and gave it to her.”
Sami Wisniewski (12 points), Candace Finnin (11) and Schultz (8) contributed for Lincoln-Way Central (4-5, 2-2) in the win.
Lockport (4-5, 1-3) was paced by Anna Nowak’s 15 points with Paige Kooi and Naomi Mayes scoring nine apiece.
An energized Central squad went up by as many as 11 points early in the fourth quarter but struggled to hold the lead. Lockport stayed aggressive, hitting 6-of-8 free throws while shooting just 4-of-15 from the field in the fourth.
Kooi scored inside on a dish from Mayes with just over a minute to go to cut the deficit to 50-47. At the other end though, Foster answered, driving and finding Schultz for her wide-open bucket.
Morgan VanKuiken hit a jumper with less than a second to go for Lockport.
“We had a little more intensity the second half,” Lockport coach Krista Peterson said. “Our defense helped create some offense, but we gave them a lot of opportunities early. That hurt us in the long run.”