Casmer, Lisle take regional

  • Lisle's Tara Kane squeezes her way through St. Joseph's Clara Banks and Destiny Collins pressure situation in the first half of the varsity regional championship basketball game at Lisle on Thursday.

      Lisle's Tara Kane squeezes her way through St. Joseph's Clara Banks and Destiny Collins pressure situation in the first half of the varsity regional championship basketball game at Lisle on Thursday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Lisle's Tara Kane and St. Joseph's Nessa Walsh collide and hit the floor in the first half of the varsity regional championship basketball game at Lisle on Thursday.

      Lisle's Tara Kane and St. Joseph's Nessa Walsh collide and hit the floor in the first half of the varsity regional championship basketball game at Lisle on Thursday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Lisle's Cassidy Allen passes the ball to a teammate as St. Joseph's Kerilyn Mirabelli blocks her path in the first half of the varsity regional championship basketball game at Lisle on Thursday.

      Lisle's Cassidy Allen passes the ball to a teammate as St. Joseph's Kerilyn Mirabelli blocks her path in the first half of the varsity regional championship basketball game at Lisle on Thursday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Lisle's Abby Casmer was high scorer with eight points at half time against St. Joseph in the varsity regional championship basketball game at Lisle on Thursday.

      Lisle's Abby Casmer was high scorer with eight points at half time against St. Joseph in the varsity regional championship basketball game at Lisle on Thursday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Lisle's Abby Casmer brings the ball downcourt in the varsity regional championship basketball game at Lisle on Thursday.

      Lisle's Abby Casmer brings the ball downcourt in the varsity regional championship basketball game at Lisle on Thursday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Lisle's Tara Kane eyes a loose ball in the varsity regional championship basketball game at Lisle on Thursday.

      Lisle's Tara Kane eyes a loose ball in the varsity regional championship basketball game at Lisle on Thursday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Lisle's Emma Rossin is blocked by St. Joseph's Nessa Walsh in the varsity regional championship basketball game at Lisle on Thursday.

      Lisle's Emma Rossin is blocked by St. Joseph's Nessa Walsh in the varsity regional championship basketball game at Lisle on Thursday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Lisle's Abby Casmer is on the move in the varsity regional championship basketball game at Lisle on Thursday.

      Lisle's Abby Casmer is on the move in the varsity regional championship basketball game at Lisle on Thursday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
By Bobby Narang
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 2/13/2020 10:00 PM

Lisle junior guard Abby Casmer had plenty of reasons to smile on Thursday night.

After enduring a nagging ankle injury that limited her play for most of the season, Casmer is finally healthy and become an integral player for the Lions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

She picked a good time to be playing her best basketball of the season.

Cassidy Allen scored 15 points and Casmer added 14 to lead Lisle to a 48-33 victory over St. Joseph in the Class 2A Lisle regional championship game.

The Lions (26-7) advances to Tuesday's St. Joseph sectional semifinal, where they will play UCCS/Woodlawn at 7:30 p.m.

Casmer, part of an all-junior starting lineup, is on a scoring tear. She pumped in a personal-high 21 points and added 11 rebounds in a regional semifinal win over Crane on Tuesday.

"I just haven't had a good season personally, but I've been doing what I can to help the team," Casmer said. "I think today I had a better game. I've had an ankle injury all season, and it just started feeling much better a couple of weeks ago, so I've been trying to do as much as I can in our games, but now I can put in some more points."

Allen, also a junior guard, sparked the Lions by scoring 6 of her team's first 9 points. She helped the Lions pull away in the fourth quarter with six points in a three-plus minute stretch that expanded the lead to 44-29.

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"This means a lot to me and our team, especially since we've been working all season toward this and won it on our home court," Allen said. "We're all really excited for next year, too. We're hoping to go far in the playoffs. The team had great energy and brought us all up and we worked really well together."

Lisle's Jenna Johnston battles for a rebound in the varsity regional championship basketball game at Lisle on Thursday.
  Lisle's Jenna Johnston battles for a rebound in the varsity regional championship basketball game at Lisle on Thursday. - Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

The Lions' defense forced the Chargers into several rushed shots and turnovers to gain control of the game midway through the second quarter. Nessa Walsh paced the young Chargers with 14 points.

Sophomore center Kylie Russell had a strong second quarter to give the Lions some cushion, scoring 6 second-quarter points and finishing with 5 rebounds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"(Kylie) has always been big for us, just with her blocks and everything," Casmer said. "Having her in the game is a huge help, and makes us all feel more positive because she can get the block or rebound and get putbacks."

Lisle's Cassidy Allen eyes the basket despite heavy pressure from St. Joseph's defense in the varsity regional championship basketball game at Lisle on Thursday.
  Lisle's Cassidy Allen eyes the basket despite heavy pressure from St. Joseph's defense in the varsity regional championship basketball game at Lisle on Thursday. - Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Junior guard Tara Kane sealed the win with two straight drives late in the game to hand the Lions their fourth regional title in program history, according to Lions coach Nick Balaban.

"This is our third one since I've been here and fourth one in school history," he said. "This group has worked hard from day one. This was a goal: To get to the sectional. I'm happy for them. They deserved it. ... Defensively, we executed what we needed to do."

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