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Lincoln Way East's Kara Krolicki is defended by Richards's Taylor Sonichsen. Stacia Timonere/For Sun Times Media

Nobody on Lincoln-Way East's roster is listed as a center.

But at 6-foot and the tallest player on the team, Claire McMahon isn't even listed as a forward.

"It's crazy," said McMahon, a sophomore guard. "I don't understand how I'm not a post."

Then again, when you hit more three-pointers than you miss, it makes sense.

"You're usually open so it's easier. It's nice to shoot a three," McMahon said with a smile after the Griffins dusted host Richards 66-26 Friday in the semifinals of the Bobby Bolton Classic.

McMahon was 4-for-7 from three-point range and finished with 16 points and four rebounds. Kara Krolicki added 14 points and five rebounds, Haley McCabe 11 points and Dana O'Grady 10 points for East (2-1), which advanced to Saturday's championship game against T.F. South.

Sydni Tears had 15 points and nine rebounds for Richards (1-1).

Lincoln-Way East will be shooting for its seventh consecutive Richards tournament title.

"It's definitely awesome coming in being in a position to win it again," Krolicki said. "It gets our confidence up, and gets us set for what comes next and the rest of the season."

The Griffins' two wins at Richards were in direct contrast to their season opener against Marian Catholic, as they were dispatched by the Spartans by a huge margin.

"We knew going into the game they were going to be a tough team, with them being state champs last year," Krolicki said. "We didn't play up to as high as we could have, but we came out with a lot of things we can work on that will help us all season.
"It happens. You learn from it. We're going to use it to our benefit."

The Griffins, according to coach Jim Martin, are going to be a perimeter-type shooting team, but against Richards they started out by attacking the basket, McCabe scoring twice inside and McMahon on a driving layup during an 8-1 run.

The first three-pointer, scored by McMahon, made it 19-2. She would go on to add a pair of threes in the second quarter and one more in the third. Krolicki made two from beyond the arc and McCabe one. Richards got a pair of threes from Tears in the third period, but those would be the Bulldogs' only field goals of the second half.

T.F. South 54, Eisenhower 40

Ren'Cia Rolling scored 15 points, Ninah Bertrand 13 points and India Pierson eight points as T.F. South (2-0) advanced to the title game. Malika Johnson tallied 17 points for Eisenhower (1-2).

In the consolation bracket, Thornton defeated Curie 74-32 and Thornwood beat Thornridge 50-31.

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