Don’t be confused about Lincoln-Way East’s Kara Krolicki’s game.
The junior guard can certainly shoot the ball from distance, but she is far from a one-dimensional player.
With her jump shot struggling Thursday against Lincoln-Way West at the Medieval Classic, 5-foot-7 Krolicki did the only thing she could. She put her head down and drove.
“My shot wasn’t dropping at all,” Krolicki said. “I saw the opening and thought ‘I might as well.’ I resorted to driving instead.”
Scoring seven points in two minutes late in the third courtesy of her inside play, Krolicki’s effort helped lift host Lincoln-Way East to a 41-22 win.
Meaghan McMahon (14 points, 6 rebounds), Krolicki (10 points) and Marissa DeGroot (5 points, 11 rebounds) paced East (10-1) in the win.
The Griffins will play Andrew, 64-35 winners over Noble Street Charter, Friday at 6 p.m. The winner advances to Saturday’s tournament championship at 6 p.m.
“We’re definitely excited,” Krolicki said. “(Andrew’s) Tiana Karopulos is a good player so we know we have to lock her down.”
With both teams struggling from the floor Thursday, East held a 26-18 advantage in the third. Benched for the middle part of the quarter, Krolicki came back with a vengeance.
Her three-point play on an offensive rebound started things off with McMahon hitting a baseline jumper on a pass from her sister, Caitlin. Krolicki followed with a hard drive, drew a foul and split the free throws.
She scored inside on a backdoor layup on a pass from Meaghan McMahon to close out the quarter, giving East a 35-18 lead.
“I think we just needed a spark to get us going again,” Krolicki said.
The Griffins shot just 14-of-43 from the field but held West to an 8-of-33 night and 3-of-21 showing from three.
“It was one of those nights (offensively), but I’ll take the defensive effort we gave tonight,” East coach Jim Martin said.
Lindsey Colamussi led West (5-7) with 11 points.
Andrew 64, Noble Street Charter 35: Georgia Alexakos (18 points), Molly Franson (13) and Lauren Bialas (10) led Andrew (9-2).
Lincoln-Way Central 52, Plainfield South 32: Kelsie Foster had 12 points for Central (7-5) with Yesenia Chavez and Autumn Schultz scoring nine apiece. Tyler Everett scored nine for South (2-12).
Lincoln-Way North 66, Lincoln Park 14: Ashley Weringa had 13 points and Amy Vos 10 points for North (13-1). The Phoenix will play Central Friday at 6 p.m. with the winner advancing to the championship.