Morton girls looking for more down the stretch

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 1:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 1:22 p.m. CDT

BERWYN – With a month left in the regular season, Morton girls basketball coach Joe Maietta is hoping his young team can start to put the pieces together on a more consistent basis.

The Mustangs have hovered around .500 for much of the season. With just four seniors on the roster and many of the team’s key players being sophomores and juniors, there is reason to believe the team has more in it down the stretch.

Until then, Maietta will have to suffer through inconsistent play.

Morton beat Leyden 66-46 Friday, but then lost to Proviso East 62-41 in Maywood Saturday.

“[Friday against Leyden] was probably one of our best games,” Maietta said. “The defense really turned it on at the onset of the third quarter.”

The Mustangs were led by their duo of talented guards sophomore Maryam Wilcher and junior Chloe Maietta, who both scored double digits in both games.

Another player who impressed the Mustangs’ coach Friday was Janeka Stokes, who showed off her standout athleticism and helped to force turnovers.

“Janeka came off the bench and really created a lot of havoc,” Maietta said.

Against the Pirates, Morton got off to a slow start and was unable to recover. Maietta noted the Pirates’ impressive athleticism and speed bothered Morton, and that an intimidation factor also played a role in the outcome.

The Mustangs are now 8-9 overall and 3-4 in the West Suburban Gold with two games on tap this weekend. They travel to Argo on Friday and take on Addison Trail in a home conference game Saturday.

With about a month left in the regular season, Maietta wants to see his team improve in a few specific areas.

“We want to see the defense play so we can win when we don’t have the offense,” Maietta said. “I want us to get better on the boards and go inside more with Jasmine Morris. We need to get her more involved in the offense.”

Recent Morton results

Mustangs 66, Leyden 46

• Maryam Wilcher: 20 points

• Chloe Maietta: 16 points

• Genisis Trevino: 10 points

Proviso East 62, Mustangs 41

• Wilcher, Maietta: 11 points each

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