Girls Basketball: Late basket lifts Plainfield Central past LockportPlainfield Central's #10 Jessica Kaminski looks to shoot over Lockport's #12 Taylor Quain held at the Romeoville's Thanksgiving Tournament and Central won 48-45 on Friday, November 18, 2011. | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 18, 2011 10:14PM
Plainfield Central is 2-0 for the first time in nearly a decade after a 48-45 victory over Lockport in the second round of the Romeoville Thanksgiving Girls Basketball Tournament Friday in Romeoville.
Tied at 45-all, Jessica Kaminski’s basket from Kayla Jackson gave the Wildcats the lead for good at 47-45 with 1:57 left in the game. Lockport fell to 1-1 when its final shot at tying the game fell woefully short.
“The key thing was we rebounded the basketball well and that dictated control of the game,” Plainfield Central coach Mark Krusz said. “We’re ending up on top of these games right now and I’m excited to see what we do when we fix a lot of these things.”
It was Plainfield Central’s first win over Lockport since 2001.
“We have returning players, injured players are now better and I’m pretty excited about this season,” said Kaminski, who led the Wildcats with seven rebounds.
Plainfield Central’s Lauren Kulaga led all scorers with 11 points and pulled down six rebounds. Teammate Brigid Hanley chipped in nine points, five steals and four assists.
Nicole Foresman, Taylor Quain, Nora Polaski and Brittany Baker each scored eight points for Lockport.
“Shots didn’t fall for us early and when that happens, you tend to force up shots,” Lockport coach Krista Peterson said. “It just wasn’t working for us. Our defense kept us in the ball game.”
Three runs summarized the first half.
Plainfield Central led 11-2, Lockport went on a 20-4 run to take a 22-15 lead before the Wildcats put together a 13-1 run on their way to taking a 28-25 lead at the half.
Kayla Gustafson’s basket at the buzzer from Hanley gave Plainfield Central a 41-38 lead after three quarters.
A layup by Hannah Hollatz gave Lockport a 44-43 lead with 4:20 left in the game. It was the last basket for the Porters.
“We have a full team this year, we have a lot of seniors, we have a full bench and we have plenty of people to come in and give the starters a rest,” Kaminski said.
Joliet Central 49 Rockford Guilford 43: Bernasia Fox poured in 17 points and Juatece McNear chipped in 10 points for the Steelmen (1-1).