Girls basketball raises money for women’s cancer fund

Pink replaces blue, gold at girls varsity basketball game


Maeve McDougal ‘23 looks ahead for teammates to make a pass (Pohl/LION).

Reagan Pohl, Reporter

On Jan. 19, the girls varsity basketball team hosted a Pink Out Play4Kay fundraising game in the NC fieldhouse. The team played against Oak Park River Forest High School, winning 65-19, and raised just over $1,000 in support of the cause. 

“I was happy with the way we played. It was another good team win,” power forward Kennedy Wanless ‘24 said. “It was nice that everyone got to contribute to the game, especially since it was Pink Out.” 

The Play4Kay Fund was established by coach Kay Yow, a former Division I women’s head basketball coach for North Carolina State, in hopes of uniting communities and acknowledging women fighting the battle against all forms of cancer. There are over 500 plus schools participating in this nationwide movement, and LT is one of them. 

“I was pretty excited to see the turnout of the game because the Pink Out is such a special event,” point guard Maeve McDougal ‘23 said. 

The team is currently placed first in the Western Suburban Conference Silver, with 10 conference wins and zero losses. In addition, they have an eight-game winning streak and overall 22 wins and four losses so far this season (all stats as of Jan. 25). 

“We have played some really competitive teams and we’ve been able to hold our own in games that many people didn’t think we would,” McDougal said. 

Practices normally consist of specialized drills that focus on each part of the game, such as rebounding, shooting, and ball handling. They also have drills that break apart their offense to simulate game-like situations. Additionally, the team does guard/post breakdown preparation where the guards are on one side with varsity assistant coach Missy Mitidiero. The posts work on the other side of the court with varsity head coach Meghan Hutchens

The team has two conference games coming up between Downers Grove North High School on Jan. 31 and York High School on Feb. 3. If LT wins against both teams, it will increase their chances of winning conference and move on to regionals which take place in February. They will also be playing in the upcoming Pack the Place Mental Health Awareness event against Lincoln Way East High School on Jan. 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the NC fieldhouse. 

“We have great team chemistry and we’re always supporting one another no matter what,” shooting guard Priscilla Linares ‘23 said. “Every day we only get better as a team, so I see the rest of our season going well with a lot of success.”