Girls
2013-'14 Season Coverage
Girls
Article updated: 2/11/2013 11:21 PM
Comment More

Subject Line (article title)

Libertyville surges past Wheeling
 

Send to (required)

E-mail

Send from (required)

E-mail
Name

Message (optional)

Success - Article sent! Click to close
Libertyville surges past Wheeling
  • Wheeling's Deanna Kuzmanic drives in between Libertyville's Olivia Mayer, left, and Becky Deichl during the Class 4A girls basketball regional play-in game Monday night at Wheeling.

    Purchase Photo | Wheeling's Deanna Kuzmanic drives in between Libertyville's Olivia Mayer, left, and Becky Deichl during the Class 4A girls basketball regional play-in game Monday night at Wheeling. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  •  Libertyville's Rosie Lynch and Wheeling's Gianna Calistro battle for the ball during the Class 4A girls basketball regional play-in game Monday night at Wheeling.

    Purchase Photo | Libertyville's Rosie Lynch and Wheeling's Gianna Calistro battle for the ball during the Class 4A girls basketball regional play-in game Monday night at Wheeling. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  •  Libertyville's Becky Deichl saves the ball from going out of bounds during the Class 4A regional play-in action Monday night at Wheeling.

    Purchase Photo | Libertyville's Becky Deichl saves the ball from going out of bounds during the Class 4A regional play-in action Monday night at Wheeling. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  •  Libertyville's Dana Kym, left, and Olivia Mayer celebrate after beating Wheeling in a Class 4A regional play-in game Monday night at Wheeling.

    Purchase Photo | Libertyville's Dana Kym, left, and Olivia Mayer celebrate after beating Wheeling in a Class 4A regional play-in game Monday night at Wheeling. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Wheeling's Elizabeth Smith, left, and Libertyville's Rosie Lynch battle for a loose ball during a Class 4A regional play-in game Monday night at Wheeling.

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Wheeling's Elizabeth Smith, left, and Libertyville's Rosie Lynch battle for a loose ball during a Class 4A regional play-in game Monday night at Wheeling.

  • Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Wheeling's Elizabeth Smith, left, is trapped in the corner by Libertyville's Rosie Lynch during Class 4A regional play-in action Monday night at Wheeling.

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Wheeling's Elizabeth Smith, left, is trapped in the corner by Libertyville's Rosie Lynch during Class 4A regional play-in action Monday night at Wheeling.

  •  Libertyville's Olivia Mayer, left, jumps into the arms Dana Kym after beating Wheeling in a Class 4A regional play-in game Monday night at Wheeling.

    Purchase Photo | Libertyville's Olivia Mayer, left, jumps into the arms Dana Kym after beating Wheeling in a Class 4A regional play-in game Monday night at Wheeling. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Rusty Silber

Libertyville's girls basketball team sure picked the right time of the season for a lengthy winning streak.

The string has reached six after Monday's Class 4A regional play-in game, as No. 13 seed Libertyville topped No. 17 Wheeling, the regional host, 52-47.

Story Continues Below

Libertyville's Dana Kym pulled down 12 of her 14 rebounds in second half, including one with 30 seconds remaining after Wheeling attempted a 3-pointer.

Kym was fouled on the play and made 2 free throws that gave Libertyville a 50-43 lead.

"I was just going for the ball and I knew we needed to get the rebound on that play," said Kym, who also had 10 points. "We've been working on free throws all season. It's very important for us to make free throws. I knew I had to make them, and I put my mind to it.

"In the second half, I wanted to work as hard as I could."

Libertyville (15-13), which lost to Wheeling in the regional semifinal last year, advances to face No. 4 seed Palatine at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Wheeling.

Wheeling wraps up its season at 7-21.

"This was a completely different team, almost all new players and a new coaching staff," Libertyville coach Greg Pedersen said. "We didn't even talk about last year.

"We knew that we were going to have a tough matchup. Wheeling didn't deserve to be a 17th seed. They were better than that and showed it."

Olivia Mayer led Libertyville in scoring with 14 points and also had 5 rebounds.

"It was a big win for us, a culmination of how far we've come," Pederson said. "We can't wait to play the next game. There's no rest for the weary."

Libertyville's Rosie Lynch scored 5 of her 9 points in the third quarter. Her team led 25-23 at the break before going on a 15-8 spurt to grab a 40-31 lead going into the final quarter.

Wheeling's Deanna Kuzmanic (14 points) hit a trey to start the fourth quarter.

"I thought we fought really hard and it was difficult all season," Kuzmanic said. "We've been up and down all season. We played with our best effort."

Wheeling trimmed the Libertyville lead to 48-43 after Theresa Godlewski (8 points) made 2 free throws with 1:42 remaining.

"All season, we've been battling in a lot of games and have been close, within 10 points," Wheeling coach Julissa Hernandez said. "We battle down to the last two minutes like this one, and unfortunately it didn't go our way. We just made some mental mistakes at the end.

"We did get some looks that we wanted, but they didn't fall."

Brie Majkowski added 11 points and 6 rebounds and Hannah Dobrowski chipped in with 8 for Wheeling.

Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
page v1.3