Girls Basketball: Proviso West wins seventh straightHinsdale, IL - Saturday, January 7, 2012: Hinsdale Central's Jen Loiselle (20) gets fouled by Proviso West's Jasmine Jackson (34). | Steve Johnston~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 7, 2012 8:29PM
Coming off one of its biggest wins of the season, Hinsdale Central couldn’t get it done a second consecutive day. Proviso West was in the way.
The Panthers won their seventh consecutive game despite a slow start Saturday with a 47-32 victory at Hinsdale Central. The win kept Proviso West (14-7, 6-1) on pace with Lyons for the West Suburban Silver lead.
Proviso West’s next conference game is at Lyons Jan. 21. Lyons beat the Panthers 54-47 Nov. 29 in their conference opener.
Sophomore guard Mikaela Boyd scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to lead Proviso West, which hasn’t lost since a 49-47 defeat to St. Joseph Dec. 17. The Panthers won the Riverside-Brookfield Invitational Dec. 30.
“We have been playing together more,” said Proviso West’s Jasmine Jackson, who scored seven points and had seven rebounds against the Devils. “We want to win conference. That has been our main goal this year.”
Hinsdale Central (6-10, 3-4) stunned No. 16 St. Joseph (13-5) with a 63-61 win Friday night behind Gabrielle Rush’s 25 points. Lily Sarros made a pair of game-winning free throws with five seconds remaining.
But Rush was held to nine points against Proviso on 1-of-13 shooting. She went 7-of-8 at the free-throw line. Rush led the Devils in scoring while reserve Jenna Broz had seven points.
The Devils scored four baskets in the fourth quarter, but had five baskets through the first three quarters when Proviso led 34-22 entering the fourth quarter. Hinsdale went over nine minutes in the first half with only one basket and shot 3-of-17 from the floor before halftime.
“I do not want to make excuses,” Devils coach Tom McKenna said. “We didn’t play well tonight. Last night, we played well. This was a very good team.”
The Panthers missed their first 13 shots to open the game. Taylor Pate scored the team’s only basket in the first quarter with 2:40 left.
Proviso shot 1-of-15 in the first eight minutes, but recovered after falling behind 5-2. The Panthers scored eight points in a row to take a lead they never relinquished.
“We struggled offensively,” McKenna said. “The wheels came off the bus. It’s (lack of) experience and (lack of) maturity.”