Flores, Grant ease past Antioch in NLCC

By Rusty Silber
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 1/18/2022 10:07 PM

MaCalyn Flores is having an outstanding senior season for Grant's girls basketball team.

Flores is a 4-year varsity player and will be playing at the University of Dubuque in Iowa next year.


Her game has gone to the next level, which her mom (Cheryl) has helped her out with the naming of her patented "pop-a-shot." Flores seems to have that floating shot achieved in the lane while scoring other ways like 3-pointers or on layups.

Flores led the way for the Bulldogs with 23 points, 8 steals and 8 assists in a 73-50 victory over visiting Antioch in a Northern Lake County Conference game on Tuesday night in Fox Lake.

It was the second time this season Grant defeated Antioch, as the previous game went to overtime.

"It's just playing with my teammates, helping them out, passing the ball to them. When we all work together it's a great time," Flores said. "I feel like my floaters are doing well for me. I had improved on it over last summer and my game has improved a lot."

She also managed to get 7 steals in the opening quarter, which helped Grant (10-9, 5-3) run out to a 24-9 lead by the end of the quarter.

"It really was an exciting game," Grant coach Anna Bartels said, "It was awesome to see the roll that these girls got on. It was a huge turnaround from the last time playing them. Antioch is always a tough team. We just came to play. MaCalyn was on fire with the press, and I think that helped us with the baskets early on."

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Grant managed to run away the rest of the game with a 35-20 lead at halftime.

Also contributing for the Bulldogs were Cora Hughs with 17 points and 6 rebounds, Nevada Holm with 11 points and 13 rebounds and Meadow Walker with 9 points.

Antioch (9-11. 2-6) was led by Avery Larson with 18 points and 13 rebounds. But the Sequoits had no answers in trying to stay with the Bulldogs.

"When you have a number of turnovers out of the block, and we had layups and didn't make them," Antioch coach Tim Borries said. "You just dig yourself a hole. That's the name of the game. You have to put the ball into the bucket. We just didn't do that early on. Grant scored more than us early on and kept the pressure on us the rest of the way. We just made the mistakes as the game went on. The really good teams learn as the game goes on."

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