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Basketball

Lady Dukes look to deliver down stretch in close contests

LA GRANGE – York’s girls basketball team had been on a successful run, but the Dukes hit a bit of a wall over the past week.

York just missed out on a pair of West Suburban Silver wins last weekend and lost to Benet in another close game, 56-51, on Tuesday. The Dukes lost two games by two points each, falling to Proviso West 49-47 on Friday and Lyons Township 34-32 on Saturday.

“I just hope between now and the playoffs that we find ways to win those close ones,” York coach John Constable said. “We have won some close ones throughout the course of the season.”

The three-game skid comes after York had won eight of its previous nine games. The Dukes will try to get back in the win column when they play West Suburban Silver rival Glenbard West Saturday in Glen Ellyn.

Proviso West entered last Friday’s game undefeated in the Silver, but leading scorer Mikaela Boyd went down with injury, and the Dukes nearly sprung the upset. Against LT, the Dukes had multiple chances to tie the game on the final possession, but were unable to get the crucial basket.

“I’m proud of them because we didn’t give up,” Constable said. “[Against Proviso West] we started the game down 13-0 and had a it tied by half, and that says a lot about your character.”

York (12-12 overall, 4-7 WSS) closes out its conference schedule against last place Glenbard West before finishing the regular season with a West Suburban Conference crossover game on Wednesday.

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