LOCKPORT – The season has been going well for Bolingbrook’s girls basketball team of late, and the Raiders continued their winning ways Thursday at Lockport in a SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue Division game.
Bolingbrook won its seventh straight game and 10th in its past 11 after outscoring Lockport, 31-12, in the second and third quarters to capture a 63-40 victory.
With Danyel Middleton scoring 13 of her game-high 21 points in the first half, the Raiders (14-5, 2-0) extended their 18-14 first-quarter lead to go up, 31-19, at halftime against the Porters (15-9, 1-2) and then stretched their lead to 49-26 heading into the fourth quarter.
“We’re starting to get to the point where we get this train rolling in the right direction,” Raiders coach Chris Smith said. “We’re playing much better and have a lot of continuity going on. We didn’t shoot tonight as well as we have in the past, but you have off-nights and we missed 18 layups, which is one thing we have to fix.
“Danyel is really getting into our rhythm and flow right now, and that’s both on the offensive and the defensive ends. She really makes such a huge difference because she has that special ability offensively and defensively to affect and change the game.”
Middleton, who will continue her career at Marquette University, missed some games early in the season and is happy to be doing her part to help the Raiders compete for the SWSC Blue title and hopefully to advance far in the playoffs.
“We have got good transition and multiple D-1 players who can run the floor,” Middleton said. “And we get better each day by working with each other, and that’s what I like about us. I love our energy. We have energy that nobody else can touch.”
The Raiders got contributions from Jayden Marable (13 points), De’Ahna Richardson (nine points) and Treasure Thompson (eight points). The team has only lost to the eventual champion Evanston at the Montini Christmas Tournament during their recent run.
Bolingbrook used an 18-7 advantage in the third quarter to break the game open. The Raiders got six points from Richardson and four each from Marable, Middleton and Thompson during that period to put them up by 23 points. Lockport got no closer than 16 points after that.
Miranda Oesterreich scored
12 points to lead the way for Lockport while Cheri Michalek and Jenna Cotter scored six points each.
“They put a lot of pressure on us defensively, and we struggled to get the ball inbounds, and that led to a lot of turnovers for us,” Porters coach Dan Kelly said. “They’ve got a lot of great players, and they play hard and did a good job of getting offensive rebounds.
“We did come out with a good start, and I was proud of how they started, and we talked to them about how we needed to maintain that level. But we’ll keep working on it.”