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Obendorf finds ‘second gear’

01/02/2013, 6:34pm CST
By Paul Johnson

After earning first team all-area honors and leading Metea Valley to its first .500 season last year, Lori Obendorf and the Mustangs look to take another step this season.

Metea Valley's Lori Obendorf puts in a basket against Naperville North on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media

After earning first team all-area honors and leading Metea Valley to its first .500 season last year, senior Lori Obendorf and the Mustangs seemed poised to take another step this season.

They showed their progress by winning the Oswego East Holiday Classic over the weekend, and Obendorf took a star turn to help earn the title.

She played every minute of Metea’s 59-53 win over Oswego East in the championship game. She scored a career-high 28 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and was named the tournament’s MVP.

“She didn’t want to come off the floor,” Metea coach Kris Kalivas said. “She found that second gear, which is what we talked to the kids about.”

Better yet, the Mustangs are off to a 14-3 start to the season, virtually assuring this will be the most successful season in program history. Obendorf is one of the main reasons they are in the midst of that success.

“Lori had a great tournament as she was recognized as the MVP,” Kalivas said. “She’s been a great force for us all year. She’s a hardworking kid and she makes it so much better for us.”

Oswego East (8-7) reached the finals of its own tournament for the first time. East Aurora had a pair of impressive individual performances at Oswego East as well. Tyshee Towner set the tournament record for scoring with 96 points and Desiree Rhodes broke the rebounding record (54).

Newark prevails at Lisle tournament

Metea Valley wasn’t the only local team to win its holiday tournament. Newark is also off to a 14-win start to the season, improving to 14-1 with a thrilling 40-39 win over Lisle to win the Lisle Tournament Saturday.

Newark was also led by a tournament MVP, as Taylor Krug earned those honors to lead the Norsemen. Lauren Tollefson was also an all-tournament selection. Newark has won both of its tournaments this season — also winning the Somonauk Thanksgiving tournament — and appears poised for a deep run in the Class 1A playoffs.

Other tourney results

Plano also won a tournament title, improving to 13-4 with a 60-52 win over Ottawa Marquette to win the Amboy Tournament.

At Prophetstown, Hinckley-Big Rock lost to Orion in the third-place game and stands 8-8 on the season. The Royals play at Newark Thursday in a Little Ten Conference battle.

At Ottawa, Yorkville managed a third-place finish. Kaneland took seventh and after a 7-0 start to the season, the Knights have dropped five of seven games heading into the New Year. Yorkville visits Kaneland in conference play to start the second half of the season Friday.

Aurora Christian won the consolation championship at Dixon. Batavia beat Oswego for third place at the Oswego Tournament prior to the holiday break behind a career-high 32-point effort from Liza Fruendt.

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