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Kit girls rack up 50 points in half, earn 20th win

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Evanston girls basketball coach Brittanny Johnson didn’t have to worry Tuesday night about her team coming out flat following last Saturday’s big win at Whitney Young.

A meeting with the senior squad members on Monday helped keep the Wildkits on the right track.

The Kits soared to a 50-14 halftime lead and blitzed Oak Park-River Forest 88-28 for their 20th win of the season against just 3 defeats. It marked the third time this season the ETHS girls have scored 50 or more points in a half, with the other two coming against conference rival Niles North.

ETHS shot a blistering 59 percent (17-of-29) from the field in the first half, including a pair of 3-point baskets apiece by Leighah-Amori Wool and Kayla Henning, and never let up at either end of the floor against a Huskies team that has won 10 games this year but was missing top player Blair Ripley with an ankle injury.

Wool stashed in 19 points even though she only played about half the contest, and added 10 rebounds for the winners. Henning (12 points), Krystal Forrester (10 points), Delaney Brooks (10 points, 5 rebounds), Leah Robinson (8 points, 12 rebounds) and Allysah Boothe (8 points, 6 assists) also helped fill the stat sheet for ETHS.

“I think that first half was our best of the season,” Johnson said. “We were just so good offensively. Everything was really clicking for us. And that’s the third game in a row that our defense has been very, very good too.

“As a coach, you always strive to get to 20 wins and I’m really excited for the girls. It’s great to get to that number because that means you’re winning 75 or 80 percent of the time. We still have some goals to accomplish, though. We still have some work to do.

“I had a long talk with the seniors yesterday about the legacy they’re going to leave here. I told them it’s their job to keep pushing everybody else, and they were really up and ready to go tonight. I told them it’s all on their backs to take the accountability over the next month for how we play.”

OPRF (10-14) shot just 10-of-54 even though the hosts didn’t face Evanston’s first-string defenders much in the second half.

On the other end, the Huskies opened with a 2-3 zone defense, switched to a 1-2-2 in the second quarter and still surrendered 50 points in the first half. Olivia Glass led the losers with 6 points.

Dennis Mahoney is sports information director for ETHS.

Dennis Mahoney

Dennis Mahoney is sports information director for Evanston Township High School.

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