2016-'17 Season Coverage
updated: 12/28/2016 10:13 PM

Repeat Blue Devil Classic title for Warren

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  • Lake Forest forward Halle Douglass tries to save the ball as Warren forward Kaylen Dickson falls over her during tournament championship play Wednesday in the Blue Devil Classic.

      Lake Forest forward Halle Douglass tries to save the ball as Warren forward Kaylen Dickson falls over her during tournament championship play Wednesday in the Blue Devil Classic.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Warren forward Kaylen Dickson shoots over Lake Forest forward Ellie Pearson during tournament championship play Wednesday in the Blue Devil Classic.

      Warren forward Kaylen Dickson shoots over Lake Forest forward Ellie Pearson during tournament championship play Wednesday in the Blue Devil Classic.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Warren center Dana Lundtveit is fouled as she shoots over Lake Forest center Maeve Summerville during tournament championship play Wednesday in the Blue Devil Classic.

      Warren center Dana Lundtveit is fouled as she shoots over Lake Forest center Maeve Summerville during tournament championship play Wednesday in the Blue Devil Classic.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Warren guard Jordyn Hughes drives to the basket against Lake Forest during tournament championship play Wednesday in the Blue Devil Classic.

      Warren guard Jordyn Hughes drives to the basket against Lake Forest during tournament championship play Wednesday in the Blue Devil Classic.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
 

The headlines of the story between the Warren and Lake Forest girls basketball teams aren't incredibly gripping.

But some of the footnotes are certainly interesting.

Both teams struggled to make shots Wednesday afternoon in the championship game of the Blue Devil Classic holiday tournament. Offense wasn't pretty in Warren's 35-24 victory. And there was only one double-figure scorer in the game.

But the win gave Warren (14-3 overall, 5-0 in the tournament) its second consecutive Blue Devil Classic championship, which makes for Interesting Footnote No. 1.

Also, the Blue Devils avenged an earlier loss to Lake Forest, which happened on their own floor in North Suburban Conference play, in front of a big crowd.

And, Warren junior guard Jordyn Hughes, held in check offensively by the Scouts, did manage to squeeze in her 1,000th career point with her final free throw of the game, which also was the last point scored in the game. It helped Warren ice the victory.

Meanwhile, a major Division I recruiter was in the stands soaking it all in.

"It wasn't a pretty game in terms of a lot of points," Warren coach John Stanczkiewicz said. "But it was just that style of game. There weren't a lot of shots on the floor to be had. Both teams know each other really well. Both teams are well-prepared and well-coached, so you have to work harder for a good shot."

The game was tied 19-19 heading into the fourth quarter, and Warren grabbed control immediately by running off a 7-0 run. Hughes hit a jumper, Kaylen Dickson, Warren's other big scorer, drained a 3-pointer, and senior point guard Nefeli Papadakis scored on a drive down the middle of the lane.

Warren then successfully held the ball for much of the final four minutes of the game.

Lake Forest cut its deficit to 29-23 with about a minute to play on a 3-pointer by Tori Salanty. But Warren senior guard Rebekah Foley hit 2 free throws to keep the Scouts at arm's length. Foley went 5-for-6 at the line in the fourth quarter, with all of her attempts coming with under a minute remaining.

"I knew we had to close out the game and that (hitting free throws) was the only way we were going to do it," said Foley, the only double-figure scorer in the game with 10 points. "I knew they were going to keep fouling, so I had to focus on my free throws and put them in.

"Last time against Lake Forest, we didn't play so well. And that's when our whole school was here because it was 'Pack the Place Night,' so it was kind of embarrassing, to be honest. We knew we wanted to win this one because they beat us last time. We had a lot of focus coming into this game.

"It felt really good to be able to win this (tournament) again. It's my last year, so it means a lot to me."

Dickson, who was being scouted during the game by Wake Forest and already has scholarship offers on the table from Utah, Marquette, Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois and Cleveland State, finished with 8 points for Warren. Hughes finished with 7. Both were named to the all-tournament team.

Lake Forest was led by Salanty, who came off the bench to score 9 points, on three 3-pointers.

Halle Douglass added 8 points for the Scouts.

"The threes are fun shots. You get excited about them," Salanty said about her 3-point shooting. "But (Warren) had good defense and a lot of our shots weren't falling."

Lake Forest (12-5, 3-2 in the tournament) again played without starter Audrey Kaus. She missed the entire tournament with an injury. Another starter, Ellie Pearson, just returned for the Warren game. She had missed the previous four games of the tournament.

"We had some different people step up for us and play some big minutes, so to finish 3-2 here, I am very proud of that and how hard we played today," Lake Forest coach Kyle Wilhelm said. "(Warren) did a great job of stopping what we like to do offensively.

"But if you were to tell me that we were going to hold Kaylen (Dickson) and Jordyn (Hughes) to 15 points combined, we should be right there. That's a really good team effort containing them because they are really special basketball players. It's hard to win many games scoring 24 points, though. We couldn't get anything going offensively. We probably went a six-minute stretch in the third quarter without scoring. It's hard to come back from those things."

Lake Forest also had two players make the all-tournament team: junior forward Maeve Summerville and senior guard Delaney Williams.

The rest of the all-tournament team included: Autian Fain, Phillips, Olivia Elkes, Deerfield, Marlee Kyles, Larkin, Nosa Igiehon, Wheeling, Katie Lach, Carmel, Amanda Larson, Grayslake Central.

Larkin 50, Wheeling 46: Marlee Kyles stuffed the stat sheet to lead Larkin to a win at the Warren Blue Devil Classic.

Kyles had a game-high 21 points, 11 rebounds, 7 steals and 6 assists.

The Royals also got 10 points and 6 rebounds from Haley Bohne.

Wheeling was led by Shannon Kennedy, who finished with 11 points and 5 rebounds.

Phillips 50, Deerfield 46: Phillips outlasted Deerfield in a Blue Devil Classic game in which neither team scored a single point in the third quarter.

Jealissa Presswood topped Phillips with a game-high 19 points and 11 rebounds while Autian Fain added 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Sophie Fishbein scored a team-high 14 points for Deerfield while teammate Olivia Elkes added 12 points.

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