Girls basketball: Titans can’t slow down Loyd as Wolves prevailNiles West-Glenbrook South Girls Basketball
Niles West's Jewell Loyd waits to reenter the game against Glenbrook South on January 5, 2012. | Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media
Niles West senior Jewell Loyd got the job done early and late on Friday as the Wolves defeated Glenbrook South 53-40 in a CSL South contest in Skokie.
The All-American Loyd scored 16 of her team’s first 21 points as Niles West (15-4, 4-1) took a double-digit lead early in the second quarter.
Loyd, who finished with 28 and 11 rebounds, had just six points in the middle two quarters. But when Glenbrook South (14-4, 3-2) got to within five in the fourth quarter, Loyd went back to work, scoring seven straight to give her team another comfortable advantage.
“There was no need for me to force stuff. I have confidence in my team. I trust them and they trust me,” Loyd said about her lack of offense during the middle two frames. “(Late in the game) I knew it was crunch time, and I looked up and said ‘okay it’s time to go. It’s time to put the cherry on top.”
Sophomore Dashae Shumate added 12 points for Niles West.
Glenbrook South repeatedly worked the ball inside, but the bigger Titans missed several layups. GBS also was 10 for 22 from the free throw line.
Junior Molly McDonagh led the Titans with 15 points, and she grabbed nine rebounds. Senior Colleen McDonagh scored 11.
“Bottom line, we got inside and we missed some layups, and when we got to the foul line, we didn’t hit our free throws,” GBS head coach Steve Weissenstein said. “When you play Jewell Loyd, you have to play better than that. We left a lot of points on the floor.”