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Lyons' Gaby Galassini (1) drives on Oak Park-River Forest's Maeve Connelly (2). | Steve Johnston~for Sun-Times Media
Friday night’s West Suburban Silver game featured two teams headed in opposite directions.
Lyons, which won for the fourth time in its last six games, pulled out a 60-48 victory over visiting Oak Park-River Forest. For the first time in coach Katie Meyers’ two years, all five of her starters scored in double figures led by 12 points each from Ashanti Davis, Sara Beck and Victoria Swift.
“That is the best news,” Meyers said. “To get a single contribution from everyone. Hopefully, we can beat some teams down the road.”
Lyons (10-6, 3-4) won its first game after finishing fourth in Wheaton North’s Neibch Holiday Classic. Lyons and OPRF tied at 31 at halftime, but Lyons pulled away in the second half with eight consecutive points in the fourth quarter and a 13-4 run to end the game.
Kayla Morrissey and Gaby Galassini added 10 points each for Lyons. The team’s leading scorer, Ashanti Davis (seven rebounds), found her shot in the second half after scoring only four points in the first half. Swift’s point total included two three-pointers.
“It was the first time we played four quarters of basketball,” Meyers said. “I’m proud of the girls. They continue to work on the second half of the season.”
The Huskies (5-11, 1-5) have lost eight of their last nine games, but their shooting struggles started in third quarter by shooting 4 of 16. After Cuya Hall’s 3-pointer with 6:26 remaining trimmed Lyons’ lead to 47-44, OPRF could score only two more baskets, one field goal was a 15-foot jumper by Hailey Hoye with 40 seconds remaining.
After losing five in a row, OPRF has lost three more consecutive games, but hosts Glenbard West at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Hilltoppers beat the Huskies 48-47 Dec. 4.
“It’s the story of our season,” OPRF coach J.P. Coughlin said. “We don’t finish around the basket. It’s frustrating, because they do work hard. It’s not fun -- losing. They work so hard, but they do not see the results.”
Lyons scored the first seven points in the game, but the Huskies took their first lead, 23-21, on Caroline Kelty’s seven-foot running jumper with 4:12 to go in the second quarter. Kelty finished with a team-high 12 points.