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Lake Forest junior Annie Keller (32) dribbles the ball down court against Carmel in a Girls Varsity High School Basketball tournament at Warren THS in Gurnee. | Mark Ukena~For Sun-Times Media
Carmel shook off Lake Forest in the second half en route to a 49-39 win over the Scouts, improving to 4-0 in the Warren Holiday tournament.
The Corsairs (11-4) will play Wheeling (2-2) at 7:30 Saturday night. Grayslake Central (3-1) faces Warren (2-2), Deerfield (0-4) plays Niles North (0-4) and Palatine (3-1) meets Lake Forest (2-2) in the other games.
Lake Forest (5-12) led Carmel 21-19 at halftime and the score was 28-28 after three quarters.
Kayla Quinn had 12 points for the Corsairs and Annie Keller 17 for the Scouts.
Carmel won the game because it was 17-of-25 from the foul line while Lake Forest finished 12-of-29 at the charity stripe.
“We had outstanding effort tonight,” said Lake Forest coach Kyle Wilhelm. “The girls kept their composure and played hard, especially through Carmel’s pressure. Unfortunately, we struggled shooting free throws in the fourth, which caused the game to slip away.”
The coach praised the play of Keller, who’s just 5-9 but plays big in the paint.
“Keller is our hardest worker. She’s undersized as a post player, but she has a refuse-to-lose mentality and always wnats the ball.
“She played very well for us tonight,” Wilhelm said.
On the winning side, Carmel coach Kelly Perz was happy with the fourth-quarter performance.
“We picked up our pressure on defense and shot 11-of-13 from the line in the fourth quarter which always helps,” she said. “We were able to work the ball inside-out tonight and had a lot of clutch shots.
“We’re still a work in progress but, overall, we have been playing very well.”
Perz praised the play of Quinn, who ran the offense well. “Kayla maks really good decisions with the ball,” the coach said. “And, she plays very well against zone defenses. She played great for us.”
For her part, Quinn was pleased with the way it came together for the Corsairs at the end. “We played together as a team, especially inn the fourth and were able to make our shots.”
In Friday’s other games, Palatine beat Wheeling 41-32, Grayslake Central slipped past Deerfield 33-31 and Warren finally made a statement in its own event by routing Niles North 56-35.
In Warren’s win, Alyssa Phillips (20 points, nine rebounds) and Kylie Nedelka (14 points) fueled the offense. Warren shot 19-of-46 from the field and 17-of-28 from the stripe.
For Grayslake Central, Morgan Dahlstrom led with nine points. Deerfield got a dozen markers from Margot Sylvan.