Resilient Comeback Earns Wilhelm 100th Career Win


Eddie Scheidler, Girls' Basketball Beat Reporter

MUNDELEIN, Il. – Wednesday night was special. The Lake Forest Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team, now (7-2, 2-1), was able to take down a highly versatile and talented Mundelein team on the road in overtime. As impressive a comeback the Scouts were able to make to force the game in extra time and eventually pull ahead by the final buzzer, that wasn’t  necessarily why the night will always be memorable for Scouts’ fan and for one person in particular. With a 59-51 victory over the Mundelein Mustangs (4-6, 1-3), head coach Kyle Wilhelm picked up his 100th career win, a prestigious and honorable accolade and milestone in any coaching career.

As for the game itself, the Scouts saw themselves trailing for the majority of the contest. The Scouts and Mustangs seemingly traded baskets for the entirety of the game, with each team responding to the previous opposing basket with a bucket of their own. By the end of the first half, the Mustangs led by a mere three points, 25-22.

Not much changed in the second half of play with the two teams going back and forth on both ends of the floor. Wilhelm’s group entered the 4th quarter of play trailing by five, determined to bring themselves back into the game. With the two teams battling it out until the very end, the Scouts 15-point surge in the 4th was enough to send the game into extra time, the score tied at 50 apiece.

As soon as overtime began, the Scouts didn’t hesitate to put the game out of reach. Limiting the Mustangs to just one point in OT–largely thanks to a handful of steals and ensuing go-ahead baskets down the wire by sophomore forward Finola Summerville–the Scouts were able to give Wilhelm a much-deserved 100th career victory.

Junior guard Halle Douglass continues to make her case as one of the top-tier players in the North Suburban Conference, as she finished the night with an astounding 28 points, five rebounds, six assists, five steals, and three blocks. Offensively, senior forward Grace Tirzmalis and sophomore forward Finola Summerville put up double-digit figures, adding 15 and 12 points respectively. Defensively, sophomore guard Molly Fisher’s elusiveness and quick hands led to her total of eight steals on the night, while senior forward Ellie Pearson controlled the glass and collected eight rebounds.

The Scouts return to action later this week on the road against conference opponent Lake Zurich (5-4, 1-2), who just a season ago, had been quite the problem for Wilhelm and Co. Look for Lake Forest to shake things up against the highly-touted Bears this Friday night at 6:00 pm.