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Lyons coming together as regionals begin

02/05/2013, 6:31pm CST
By George M. Wilcox gwilcox@pioneerlocal.com

Lyons senior Sara Beck has scored 47 points in her last three games entering this week, but Beck knows her scoring burst will really count next week as Lyons opens the Class 4A playoffs Feb. 12.


Wheaton, 12/28/12--Lyons Township's Sara Beck passes to an open teammate as Glenbrook South's Molly McDonagh applies defensive pressure. Glenbrook South played Lyons Township Friday evening at the Wheaton North girls basketball tournament. | Jon Langha

Lyons senior Sara Beck has scored 47 points in her last three games entering this week, but Beck knows her scoring burst will really count next week as Lyons opens the Class 4A playoffs Feb. 12.

Lyons (16-8) owns the No. 6 seed in the Trinity Sectional and will play 12th-seeded St. Ignatius or 23rd-seeded South Shore in the first round at 7:30 p.m. at St. Ignatius.

If Lyons can earn a victory, it would likely play third-seeded Fenwick and No. 14-ranked Fenwick (21-5) in the regional final Feb. 14.

A Lyons-Fenwick matchup could end the basketball career for Fenwick senior guard Maggie Reilly, a Western Springs resident. Reilly grew up with members of Lyons while playing at McClure Junior High. One other regular contributor from the area for Fenwick is junior guard MacKenzie Sewall, who went to middle school at St. Francis Xavier in La Grange.

Both teams have not played against each other earlier this season.

“I think the way our team is playing, we are coming together as team,” said Beck, who will play next season an Roosevelt University. “Hopefully, we can carry this into the playoff season.”

Lyons entered this week with three consecutive wins and have won five of its last six games. Beck’s 20-point total came Friday night in a 55-37 victory over Downers North. Lyons ends the regular season at Morton Wednesday in a West Suburban crossover game.

The 20 points tied Beck’s career high, which was set during her sophomore year.

Lyons beat Maine West 49-48 Saturday at senior night in La Grange.

“Senior night was great [against Maine West],” Beck said. “Our team doesn’t want the high school season to end.”

Fenwick ends its regular season at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at No. 4 Marian Catholic (25-1) to end East Suburban Catholic Conference play.

The Friars’ first playoff opponent is Dunbar or Argo at 6 p.m. Feb. 12.

“It was our senior night last Friday [against St. Viator]. It was our last home game, the last one for all of us forever. It was sad,” Fenwick senior Kendall Boardman said. “It’s the beginning of the end. I feel sad and excited.”

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