Lindbergh High girls fall to Kirkwood Pioneers

By STEPHEN GLOVER

When the Lindbergh High School girls’ basketball team faced Kirkwood last week, the Flyers knew they had to slow down the Pioneers’ Shania Hurst.

Although Lindbergh (0-1) kept Hurst from slashing to the inside, the Kirkwood senior showcased her outside game, scoring 35 points in a 65-42 win over the Flyers.

“Our main problem was Shania Hurst, who scored 35 points,” Lindbergh head coach Bill Thoele told the Call. “But to be honest, I thought we did a pretty good job on her. We forced her to take the outside shot, but she’s obviously improved on that.”

Lindbergh’s Aimee Ubricao led the Flyers with 13 points and seven assists.

“Aimee’s the one that gets the ball and goes with it,” Thoele said. “She really knows when to pull up and take the jumper.”

Flyer sophomore forwards Emily Bozdeck and Brittany Casey tied for the team lead in rebounds with five each. Bozdeck failed to score, which is a concern for Thoele.

“Emily didn’t take a shot,” Thoele said. “We need her to score for us.”

Casey scored nine points to add to her five-rebound performance.

“Brittany is just a very good athlete,” Thoele said. “We need for her to work on her confidence though and get her to take eight to 10 shots a game.”

The Flyers are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Fox for a Suburban West Conference game with the Warriors.

“Fox has a new coach (Jeremy Donald), so they’ll be learning new plays,” Thoele said. “It should be a good match-up because we’ll try to play our full-court game and they’ll probably try slowing things down.”