The Lindbergh High School girls’ basketball team visited last weekend what some consider the girls’ basketball heaven of the state.
The Flyers (4-8, 1-1 Suburban West) traveled to the south/southwest part of the state to take on West Plains and Licking in what Lindbergh head coach Bill Thoele views a change of pace.
“I think that one of the biggest reasons as to why we do this is to get away and develop some team bonding,” Thoele said. “I think things went pretty well for us.”
Lindbergh dropped a 56-41 decision to West Plains on Friday as the Flyers’ Brittany Casey led the team with 19 points.
Casey also recorded four rebounds, one steal and one assist for Lindbergh in the loss to West Plains. The sophomore forward is averaging 9.4 points and 5.4 re-bounds a game this season.
“Brittany’s starting to have a little more confidence in herself,” Thoele said. “She’s letting her instincts take over and is starting to play a whole lot better.”
On Saturday, the Flyers bounced back from the loss to West Plains with a 51-37 win over Licking.
“I think that we were the more physical team on Saturday,” Thoele said. “On Fri-day, West Plains was a very physical team and played a zone, which we had a hard time getting anything inside.
“But against Licking, we pretty much had control of the game.”
Casey led the Flyers once again with 18 points and four rebounds.
Lindbergh’s Aimee Ubriaco also scored in double figures with 10 points and five re-bounds. The junior guard recorded six steals and five assists in the win over Licking.
“In just about every game, we know what we’re going to get from Aimee,” Thoele said. “When she’s pushing the ball, then everyone on the team is going to do well.”
The Flyers are back into Suburban West Conference action at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Mehlville for a conference showdown with the Panthers.
Mehlville (6-4, 1-2 Suburban West) is coming off a 56-35 win at Fox after losing four of its past six games.
“Over the past four to five years, we’ve had some pretty good games with Mehlville,” Thoele said. “The biggest problem we’ll have is their size. They’re a good team that shoots the ball well and is fundamentally sound.”