LEMONT – After watching his team fall just short in its comeback bid against Lake Park Tuesday night, Lemont girls basketball coach Bill Bozue compared the Indians performance to a type of popular eatery.
“As I told the girls, it was like going to a Chinese buffet,” Bozue said. “Sweet and sour.”
First off were the positives to come out of the 51-50 loss, starting with Lemont’s 19-point second quarter output, which turned a six-point deficit into a 26-25 lead at halftime.
Then there was clawing back from an eight-point deficit midway through the final period, ending the contest on a 9-2 run.
On the flip side, 11 missed free throws proved detrimental. So too did a high number of turnovers, including a pair in the final eight seconds when the home team was trying to set up a final shot.
“Sometimes we get out of control,” said Bozue, whose team fell to 3-3. “A lot of our turnovers, we are trying to make something happen instead of sometimes just staying calm and taking care of the ball.”
Growing pains were to be expected from this group, which has three freshmen and two sophomores receiving playing time. Those five – Marissa Dyer, Maddy Vermejan, Shannon O’Donnell, Paige Terrazas and Ali Kramer – combined for 31 points against the Lancers.
“As they mature, things will improve for us,” Bozue said. “The freshmen are good athletes, the sophomores are good athletes. It’s a matter of all of them getting comfortable with the speed of the game.”
Lemont, which finished 2-2 at the Romeoville Thanksgiving Tournament after notching victories over Plainfield Central and the host Spartans, will begin South Suburban conference play at 6 p.m. tonight against Argo.
“They have a lot of good athletes,” Bozue said of Argo, “and a tall girl in the middle.”
After competing at the LaSalle-Peru Classic to close out the month of November, Lemont returned to action on Tuesday with a 65-46 win over Lincoln-Way North behind 27 points from Mike Wisz.
Wisz was also named to the all-tournament team at LaSalle-Peru, where the team finished with a mark of 2-2.
In the midst of a stretch of 10 road games in the first 11 contests, the Indians will open up South Suburban Conference tonight with a matchup against host Argo.