Nine-Game Win Streak Comes to an End at the Hands of the Huskies


Eddie Scheidler, Girls' Basketball Beat Reporter

LAKE FOREST, IL. – Just like all good things in life, nothing lasts forever. Following Saturday’s 53-45 non-conference loss to Hersey, the Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team had their nine-game winning streak snapped at the hands of the Huskies. On a night dedicated to the unrivaled success of head coach Kyle Wilhelm throughout his tenure at Lake Forest–particularly his 100th career victory–the festivities proved to be short-lived.

Early on, the Scouts looked like a team that had won nine straight. They made good passes, found openings in the defense, and capitalized on the offensive end. Despite trailing Hersey 15-13 at the end of the first quarter, Wilhelm’s bunch retaliated with a burst of scoring and a series of defensive stops in the second to close the gap and eventually hoist a two point lead over the visitors going into the half by a 26-24 score.

Unlike the first two quarters of play, things started to go downhill for the hosts as the game ensued in the second half. Shots were hard to come by, and three of the five starters in the white home uniforms found themselves in foul trouble. As a result, the Scouts were unable to play as aggressive as we’ve come to expect from them this season. The third quarter was far from their best ball thus far, yet the home team was behind by a sole bucket, 34-32.

The fourth quarter was a similar story. Unable to connect on the majority of their takes, and continuing to struggle in the foul column, Hersey was able to pull ahead. Down the stretch, the visitors sank most of their chances from the charity-stripe, allowing them to outscore the Scouts in the final quarter by a score of 19-13. A staunch defensive effort by Wilhelm and Co. in the final few minutes came by too late as the Huskies were able to secure the win.

On the night, the Scouts shot a mere 21% (12-57) from the field, while only hitting 2 of their 15 takes from three-point land (13%). Junior Halle Douglass led the charge for the Scouts, notching a double-double with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals, and 2 blocks. Seniors Grace Tirzmalis and Ellie Pearson added 8 and 7 points respectively. Unfortunately, Douglass went down with an apparent ankle injury in the final minute of play and will be sidelined until further notice.

Lake Forest falls to 16-5, 6-23 on the season and returns to action in Tuesday’s conference tilt against Stevenson. Currently sitting at 13-7, 4-4, the Patriots visit the Competition Gym for a 7:00 pm tip-off.