College basketball: Waubonsee pulls away from Lake County
By Bill Kindt For Sun-Times Media February 12, 2013 10:38PM
Updated: February 12, 2013 11:12PM
You win some games because you’re good and others because the opposition isn’t.
Waubonsee Community College, possibly still feeling a bad case of the downs after losing at Morton on Saturday, toyed with a bad College of Lake County (5-20) team for 25 minutes Tuesday night before strolling to a 67-42 victory.
“We had no energy,” WCC head coach David Heiss said. “I think they’re (the Chiefs) looking at scores. They knew that Moraine (Valley) had beaten them by 45 on Saturday.”
Moraine Valley, who the Chiefs play Thursday night at Erickson Hall, leads the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference by one game over the Chiefs.
While there was never any real danger of WCC suffering an embarrassing loss to Lake County, the game was tied at 30-all with 15:07 left to play.
Clearly, the Chiefs were not into the game.
“Mentally, you have to get yourself prepared,” Heiss said. “Games like this, you’re the opponent. We’re not good enough to turn it on and turn it off.”
Yet that’s exactly what the Chiefs did against the Lancers. After Lake County tied the game at 30 on a three-point basket by Chad Bailey with 15:07 remaining, Waubonsee went on a 35-5 run to open up a 28-point (62-34) lead with 5:01 left.
Everybody had a hand in the run. D.J. Vaughn scored 10 of his 12 points in that stretch, and both Trammell Weathersby (12 points) and Marcus Franklin (11 points, 5 assists) contributed.
If there was a real positive for the Chiefs (19-7, 9-2) it was defense. WCC held Lake County to 29 percent shooting and forced 19 turnovers.
Waubonsee 64, Lake County 47 — The Chiefs raced to a 32-10 halftime lead and went on to stun the Lancers.
Tesa Alderman hit 9 of 17 shots and finished with 24 points to pace Waubonsee (10-17, 3-8), while Samantha Alvis (12 points) and Ashley Wilk (11 points, 11 rebounds) also scored in double figures. Katilyn Rosa scored only six points but hauled in 13 rebounds as the Chiefs outrebounded the Lancers, 54-39.