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Amy Hake drops 35 points in 67-63 Lindbergh victory over Fox


For the Call

The Lindbergh High School girls’ basketball team enjoyed a good week last week.

The Flyers (12-9, 4-1 Suburban West) traveled to Fox last Friday and walked away with a 67-63 victory and enjoyed the much-anticipated return of senior forward Paula Smith, who was out of action since last month due to an ankle injury.

Plus, Flyer fans enjoyed another outstanding performance from senior guard Amy Hake, Lindbergh’s all-time leading scorer.

“It was fun to win again,” Lindbergh head coach Bill Thoele told the Call.

“Going in I knew it would be tough because they (Fox) have some good guards along with (Erin) McDermott in the middle,” he said. “They were very aggressive and we took it to them and went to the free-throw line.”

In her return to the Flyer’s starting lineup, Smith racked up nine points and seven rebounds along with four assists.

Thoele and his staff know just what kind of an impact the senior forward has had on this year’s team. During Smith’s absence from the starting lineup, Lindbergh struggled to a 2-2 record.

“We really missed her (Smith) the last couple of weeks. Thoele said. “It’s really big for us to have her back.”

But the talk of the evening was Hake’s 35-point performance against the Warriors in which she hauled in 13 rebounds, five steals and two assists.

“She’s not just a one-dimensional guard that hits shots from outside,” Thoele said. “She’s really got a lot of weapons in her arsenal.”

Hake averages 20 points per game, tops in the conference, and has more than 100 more points than the league’s second high scorer. She also leads the Suburban West Conference in steals with 112 and is second in three-point field goals made with 29.

Up next for the Flyers is a Suburban West Conference road game against Marquette at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

“The thing about Marquette is that they play aggressive,” Thoele said. “They play a pretty balanced game and their balance is what makes them successful.”

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