Bens women beat larger Lane

For the second time this season, the St Ben’s women hoops team has taken down a larger neighborhood rival, this time downsizing Lane Tech in a 61-46 game Monday.

St. Bens women, who had made it to the IHSA Class 2A first round sectionals in 2010, looked poised to repeat the performance in 2011. The team has lost senior Amanda Genge to an ACL injury for the season. However, it is getting behind her sophomore sister, Alexis “Lexi.”

Adding to the hopes is a move from Class 2A to 1A this season.

The defeat of larger Lane and neighborhood rival Gordon is giving the women more confidence.

In Monday’s game, the Bengals moved the ball around the court well. The larger Lane team attempted to compensate, moving from a zone 2-1-2 defense to a man-to-man defense, then back to a zone. “The turnovers killed us,” Lane coach Norman Milsap said.

“We couldn’t overcome the turnovers.” Milsap said the Lane team was a bit slower but credited his women with working hard. “We couldn’t react with the zone. It’s a speed thing for us right now,” he said.

Bens coach Chris Ford said the team adopted to an early lead by the Indians. “We became focussed. We came out ready to play.”

“We’re adopting to playing without Amanda. We’re relaxed. We’re playing our game.

“Lexi did a good job of running the game,” Ford said. “I was a little worried in the fourth quarter. But they steadied themselves and held on to win.”

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  4. Lane, Amundsen and Gordon go down to defeat
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Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. Patrick led The Bulldog to win seven journalism awards in 2011, including four awards to Patrick as a solo or a team member. He is very proud of The Dog's coverage of politics and schools in the neighborhood. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for ChiTownDailyNews.org as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school. The two-flat he owns was built in 1912 and has never been featured, to his knowledge, in any major motion pictures despite having a way-cool garden. Patrick purchased the property in 1994 and "couldn't afford to buy it now." His daughter is a college student in California. He lives in the house with his wife, Jane, and two cats who often sit in on his phone interviews.

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