Lindbergh girls defeat Pacific, Fox; fall to Seckman in tourney title game

By STEPHEN GLOVER

After losing five of its first six games of the 2006-2007 season, the Lindbergh High School girls’ basketball team bounced back in the Seckman Holiday Invitational with a 62-45 win against Pacific and a 38-23 victory over Fox.

But the Flyers’ (3-6, 1-0 Suburban West) two-game winning streak came to an end Dec. 28 with a 61-54 loss to host Seckman in the championship game.

“We knew that we were pretty equally matched with Seckman,” Lindbergh head coach Bill Thoele told the Call. “The game was pretty much give and go all the way down to the end.”

Lindbergh jumped out to a 15-14 lead at the end of the first quarter, but fell behind 26-22 at halftime. The Flyers continued to fall behind the Jaguars as Seckman extended its lead to 44-39 after three quarters.

Lindbergh’s Aimee Ubriaco led all scorers with 18 points, six assists, three steals and one rebound. Ubriaco leads the Flyers this season in scoring with 11.3 points per game, assists with 42 and steals with 35. The junior point guard also is averaging 3.1 rebounds per game this season.

“Aimee’s main thing is to take the ball and push it up the court,” Thoele said. “Normally, you don’t want your point guard to score that much, but at this point in time, we need her to.”

Lindbergh’s Alicia Ubriaco also scored in double figures with 13 points and seven rebounds. In addition, the freshman guard recorded five assists and four steals for the Flyers.

“Alicia’s been really consistent in scoring for us,” Thoele said. “She’s starting to be more aggressive with the ball by taking it to the hole, and that opens other people up.”

Sophomore forward Brittany Casey was the third Lindbergh player to score in double figures with a 10-point performance that included six rebounds, two steals and one assist.

“Brittany’s a hot-and-cold kind of player,” Thoele said. “She didn’t score any points in the first half, but that was because we didn’t get her the ball. In the second half, she hit her first three to four shots from about the free-throw line.”

Lindbergh is back in action Friday when the Flyers travel to West Plains for a non-conference game with the Zizzers.

“This is the third year that we’ve played them,” Thoele said. “They’re tough and they play a different brand of ball in Southwest Missouri. They put a big emphasis on playing good, man-to-man defense.”

Lindbergh’s road game at West Plains is slated for a 7 p.m. start.