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Lisle girls basketball gets set to end long layoff

LISLE – Lisle’s girls basketball team will end a nearly two-week break between games when it plays at home Friday night.

That’s a long stretch between game action, but at least the Lions have some momentum in their corner after a solid run at their own Holiday Cage Classic tournament.

Lisle narrowly lost to Latin, 47-44, in the tournament opener the day after Christmas, but wrapped up tourney play with three straight wins over Westmont (38-29), Walther Christian (50-39) and Chicago Christian (46-41).

The win over the Knights in the finale on Dec. 30 may have been the Lions’ most impressive tournament victory.

“We were down five points with three minutes to go, but then Sierra Birdsell hit a 3-pointer to tie the game, and we were able to defend and rebound and win the consolation championship,” head coach Nick Balaban said.

Lisle was scheduled to play Hinckley-Big Rock on Monday, but school was canceled and the game postponed.

Friday’s game against Wilmington will be Lisle’s first game of 2014 and will come 11 days after its previous game, but according to Balaban, the extra practice time might be a good thing.

“So far, we’re going pretty good,” Balaban said of his 15-3 team. “As a coach, you’re never satisfied and we still need to get better, but I’m pleased with where we’re at.

“As a new coach, I didn’t have a chance to get to know the kids over the summer, so we’ve been implementing things and working on things when we can. We can still get better, but the girls are doing well.”

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