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1/17/13 Libertyville Lake Zurich's Abby Pirron (25) tries to get to the basket during the Libertyville Lake Zurich basketball match. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media
Libertyville’s girls basketball team was determined to press matters Thursday night.
With Lake Zurich starting a freshman and two sophomores, the Wildcats opened the game trapping the Bears in the backcourt. It worked, as Libertyville forced 11 first-half turnovers to cruise to a 50-25 victory in North Suburban Conference Lake Division play.
“We came out in our press and we were all over it,” senior forward Dana Kym said. “We’re a fast team, so that’s one of our advantages.”
Behind its lock-down full-court defense and the inside muscle of Kym, Libertyville led 15-6 after one period. A 5-foot-10 member of the Wildcats’ state-qualifying volleyball team, Kym had six points and four rebounds in the quarter as Lake Zurich had no answer for her aggressive ball-hawking style.
In the backcourt, senior Olivia Mayer (12 points, four steals) has provided a spark all season for the Wildcats. In the third quarter, her perimeter play put the game out of reach. With 2:06 remaining, she stole the ball from Lake Zurich senior guard Sarah Stefaniu, finishing with a right-handed layup to give the Bears a decisive 36-16 lead.
Kym finished the game with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
“I had trouble finishing tonight, but I love rebounding,” Kym said. “We’ve gained experience these last few weeks and it’s really helped.”
Libertyville (10-10) swept the season series against Lake Zurich (3-17) and has now won five of seven. The Bears remain winless in the conference.
“They have a nice team. I know they struggled earlier in the season, but they are playing better now,” Lake Zurich coach Chris Bennett said. “They can do some damage come playoff time. That’s not a team I want to face.”
Freshman guard Abby Pirron led Lake Zurich with eight points.