If Thursday night is any indication, it will a competitive year for girls basketball in the North Suburban Lake.
In the conference opener for both schools, Mundelein held off a furious second half rally in defeating Lake Forest 40-38.
Down 38-37 with 34 seconds left in the game, sophomore guard Maggie Maher (18 points) drilled a three-point shot from the top of the key. The points provided the winning margin for the Mustangs, who won their first game of the season (1-5).
“We’re 1-0 in the conference,” Mundelein coach Brian Evans said. “I’m proud of our kids for hanging in there and not taking a knee. Happy to get the win.”
Down 23-16 at the break, Lake Forest (2-5) rode the hot hand of junior forward Annie Keller in the third quarter. Keller scored eight of her team-high 16 points in the third quarter as the Scouts came all the way back to tie the game 29-29.
With just 3:31 left in the game, senior guard Gabby Perino dropped in a lay up to give Lake Forest a 31-29 lead, its first since leading 10-8 early in the game. But Maher scored five points in a 7-1 Mustangs run to give them a 36-32 lead with just over two minutes remaining.
The Scouts then scored six straight points and led 38-37 before Maher made her game-winning shot.
Sophomore guard Brooke Green added 12 points for Lake Lake Forest.
“We were down 12 points in the second quarter. We could have easily put our heads down and said we’ve lost another one,” Lane Forest coach Kyle Wilhelm said. “We slowly came back. For that, I’m proud.”