Strong defense nets girls basketball win over Plainfield South


Senior Tea Milazzo pressures the ball in a game against Oswego East on March 8.

Alex Lamlech, Sports Media class

During the Minooka versus Plainfield South game on Feb. 27, the girls had a hard fought victory over the Cougars. 

It was a pretty close game for a while until Minooka came out strong in the second half and ended up winning the game 41-35.

The leading ball stealer was Téa Milazzo with six steals. 

The game against Plainfield South was a great defensive game as well as offensive,” Milazzo said. “We pressured them full court right away because they didn’t like the pressure, which allowed me to get six steals. Me and a teammate were able to trap them in the corner and when they tried to pass I was able to jump to the ball and/or tip it. It made the game very exciting for me!” 

The leading scorer for Minooka was Makenzie Brass. She had 22 points and 16 of them were in the second half. 

At one point, Brass cut to the basket while Maizy Caves and Ashley Currier set screens. Lexie Christensen threw an assist to Brass, which led to a layup. 

One of our other known players of the night was Christensen who had 8 points and 6 assists.

It was a close game through three quarters,” head coach Jeff Easthon said. “We were playing great defense, but struggling to score against their zone. Téa Milazzo had a bunch of steals in our press that led to quick scores. Lexi Christensen had some spectacular highlight-worthy assists early on. And our freshman, Makenzie Brass, took over in the last 10 minutes, scoring 22 points to get us the win.”