Lindbergh girls capture Seckman tourney title

By STEPHEN GLOVER

After a 3-3 start to the season, the Lindbergh High School girls’ basketball team reeled off a four-game winning streak last week to win the Seckman Invitational championship.

The Flyers knocked off the tournament-hosting Seckman Jaguars 48-38 Friday to capture the tournament championship.

After jumping out to a 24-17 lead at halftime, Lindbergh held on for the 10-point win in large part to outrebounding the Jaguars 29-18.

Lindbergh now sits at 7-3 on the season after last week’s tournament victory.

“Things are going pretty good,” Lindbergh head coach Bill Thoele said. “It all started with the Cor Jesu win. I think we’re shooting the ball better, but our first three losses were against quality-ranked teams. Playing against those tougher teams is making us better.”

Senior point guard Aimee Ubriaco led the Flyers with 16 points in the championship game, pushing her season average to a team-high 14.1 points per game.

“Aimee is our leader and her job is to get the ball up the court as quickly as she can and that’s what she does best for us,” Thoele said. “Right now, I think that she’s one of the top players around.”

While Ubriaco struggled from the field, shooting only four of 18, she nailed three of nine from three-point range.

Ubriaco also made five of 10 free throws, grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists in the championship game.

Junior forward Brittany Casey was a key component of the Flyers’ rebounding ad-vantage over Seckman as she pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds in the championship game.

She also led the team with four steals and contributed two assists.

Casey also scored nine points on three-of-nine shooting from the field and three-of-five shooting from the free-throw line.

Casey now is averaging 11.1 points per game and is combining with Ubriaco for an inside-outside scoring advantage.

“Early on, Brittany struggled a bit on her shot,” Thoele said. “But she’s been working on it and it’s gotten much better. She and Aimee give us an interesting inside-outside look.”

Junior guard Kathleen May and sophomore guard Alicia Ubriaco each chipped in with nine points in the Flyers’ tournament championship win.

To reach the tournament championship, the Lindbergh girls muscled their way to a convincing 58-31 win over Festus in the semifinal of the Seckman Invitational.

The Lindbergh girls come off their tournament championship by springing back into action at 6:30 p.m. Friday as they play host to West Plains. The Flyers then will face Licking at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

“We always struggle against West Plains, but I think we match up with them much better this year,” Thoele said. “Licking is a smaller school that has a good basketball tradition. They should be exciting games.”