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Carmel coach Kelly Perz congratulates her player Kathleen Felicelli for playing well. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
It was a feel-good Monday for Carmel’s girls basketball team, as 10 players scored at least one field goal in a 54-23 rout of visiting Waukegan on Monday.
Carmel improved to 14-7 on the season, while Waukegan is 0-13.
Only two Waukegan players scored in the game, with sophomore Kylah Collins getting 15 points and 11 rebounds, and junior Markiera Reed adding eight points — all in the second half.
“We just have to hustle. Once we start hustling, running after things and playing with a sense of urgency, things will start coming along,” said Waukegan coach Shanta Parnell. “We have to want to win those loose balls, jump into passing lanes and do those small things.
“They’re starting to get it, but it goes back to being young and building that basketball IQ.”
Carmel, on the other hand, looked sharp against an overmatched foe. It was 27-9 at the half.
Kayla Quinn (16 points), Claire Ogrinc (eight points, five steals) and Cassidy Kloss (eight points, six rebounds, five assists) led the winners.
“I thought we shared the ball really well. We played unselfishly and under control,” said Quinn. “It’s exciting when you get good looks around the basket.
“Every time I got one, it pumped me up to get one more.”
Carmel coach Kelly Perz was really happy with the way the reserves played in the fourth quarter.
“I thought they did really well. We really wanted to concentrate on keeping the ball out of the lane in the second half because that’s where they were beating us, and they did a really good job with that.
“They played really hard and did everything I asked of them.”
The fourth-quarter unit, which held Waukegan to just three points, included Paige Gauthier, Alexa Svoboda, Mariana Kolonayets, Blaze Pullman and Tara Grandolfo. Carmel hosts Highland Park on Tuesday night, while Waukegan hosts Glenbrook South on Friday.