Lindbergh girls head into must-win scenario

By STEPHEN GLOVER

With just one week left in the regular season, the Lindbergh High School girls’ basketball team is heading into its toughest four-game stretch of the year.

The Flyers (14-7, 4-1 Suburban West) are set to play conference opponents Oakville (9-8, 2-2 Suburban West) at home today — Feb. 7 — and at Parkway South (17-4, 6-0 Suburban West) Friday. Lindbergh then will travel to Eureka (13-7, 3-2 Suburban South) and Kirkwood (11-9, 3-3 Suburban West) to finish the regular season.

Lindbergh, along with Lafayette, hopes for a possible three-way tie with undefeated Parkway South, and Flyers head coach Bill Thoele realizes the next two games are must-win situations.

“We’ve got four games left and three of those four are conference games,” Thoele said. “This is going to be a good stretch of games before districts start.”

On Friday night, the Flyers pounded Northwest 56-36 for their fourth conference win of the season. Lindbergh jumped out to a 17-10 lead after one quarter and extended its lead to 28-20 at halftime.

“We pretty much were in control for most of the game,” Thoele said. “I thought that we were a little tentative at the start of the game, but overall I thought that we had a good, balanced attack.”

Lindbergh’s Brittany Casey led all scorers with 19 points and nine rebounds. She also recorded two steals, two assists and one blocked shot in the junior forward’s second 19-point showing of the season.

“Brittany’s starting to shoot the ball a lot better,” Thoele said. “She’s also stepping up and hitting some outside shots at the 15- to 16-foot range.”

Lindbergh also received a double-digit scoring effort by sophomore guard Alicia Ubriaco, who scored 10 points and seven rebounds. She also recorded two steals and two assists in the win over Northwest.

“Alicia was struggling with her shot the first part of the season,” Thoele said. “She’s been shooting much better these last few weeks and hopefully she’s turning it around here right before districts.”

Today’s home game against Oakville will begin at 7 p.m.

Oakville is coming off a 61-45 loss at Hazelwood Central last Wednesday as Andrea Boone and Nicole Norberg scored 10 points each for the Tigers.

The Flyers then will travel to Parkway South at 7 p.m. Friday to take on a high-powered Patriot offense that’s averaging more than 78 points per game in its last three games.