Girls basketball: St. Charles East rains threes on Metea
By Chris Pall For Sun-Times Media February 7, 2013 10:00PM
Updated: February 7, 2013 11:00PM
Katie Claussner is dangerous, but in a good way.
A deft shooter, the 5-foot-5 sophomore from St. Charles East stuck the Metea Valley Mustangs with a pair of daggers Thursday night in an Upstate Eight crossover contest, lifting the Saints to a 68-61 victory.
Knotted at 57-all, Claussner buried a three-pointer from the wing with 1:30 to play in the game and canned another trey from the same spot at the 52-second mark for a 63-59 edge. The Saints (16-11) iced the game with five makes from the charity stripe.
“I have to credit our team chemistry,” Claussner said. “We’re playing a lot better as a team and that’s helping me make my shots.”
Added St. Charles East coach Lori Drumtra: “Katie has just been on fire. She’s playing with so much confidence ever since she scored 20 against Batavia. She’s playing like the Katie we saw this summer. She’s shooting with confidence, she’s penetrating, she’s passing well and she’s doing a nice job on defense for somebody as small as she is.”
Claussner scored a team-high 20 points, including three triples in the fourth quarter and 17 points in the second half. Amanda Hilton added 19 points as she hit six three-pointers. The Saints connected on 13-of-28 from beyond the arc.
“It was a team win for sure,” said Hilton. “We passed the ball very well and found the open girl.
“I am so proud of (Claussner). I knew she was hiding it somewhere, and it’s starting to come out. It’s great timing for postseason. She’s a great player, and I’m so happy to be playing with her.”
The lead changed hands six times in the final quarter with three ties. Claussner ended the seesaw. Spotting up from the left wing, she swished the 20-footer and moments later hit nothing but the bottom of the net again.
Not to overshadowed was the play of Metea Valley senior Lori Obendorf. The 6-foot-2 Obendorf made her first 12 attempts from the field and 13-of- 14 for the game. She finished with a game-high 27 points and eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her varsity career in the second stanza when she netted 12 points.
But the Saints held Obendorf to nine points in the second half when they collapsed the middle and denied her the ball. Jenny Voytell tossed in 23 points for the Mustangs.
“It is a well-deserved milestone,” Mustangs coach Kris Kalivas said. “Lori is the type of kid that is very unselfish, and she is always putting the team first. We probably don’t get her the ball enough, but when we do she finishes with it.
“The great thing about this milestone is, one she was completely unaware it was occuring and two she did it in only three years of varsity.”
Sometimes not knowing and being dangerous are great attributes.