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Davick, Hust making defensive-minded Lourdes girls tough to beat

Jan. 29—ROCHESTER — In Lily Davick and Lauren Hust, Lourdes girls basketball coach Todd Greguson trusts.

Actually, he trusts his entire team, and it's easy to see why after watching the Eagles storm back to beat No. 8-ranked (Class 3A) Byron on Monday, 59-50 in Lourdes' gymnasium.

But there is a special thing going on with Davick and Hust, both generously listed at 6-feet tall, but complete players who also know how to play.

It was those two, as much as any of them, who enabled Lourdes to avenge its only loss in its last 14 games. Byron beat Lourdes 54-39 on Jan. 18.

It looked like it was going to happen again until the second half, Byron on top 28-25 at halftime. But Lourdes demonstratively shifted into the two things it does best — play incredibly hard and play as a team, with a synchronicity that is special.

The latter is led defensively by those two inside players, Davick and Hust. Greguson has built his dynamic person-to-person defense around players being interchangeable parts, ready to switch on screens and then guard whoever is in front of them.

Few do that better than Davick, a junior, and Hust, a sophomore. They are both quick, alert, sturdy and always ready to help when a teammate gets beat defensively. That means lanes are continually clogged as these two slide over time and again to help teammates.

There just isn't much available for opponents inside, the way these two play. And in the second half, they were at their best with it. They went a long way in having Lourdes turn this game around, from trailing 19-9 midway through the first half, to a nine-point winner.

"We do well because we work our tails off on defense," Greguson said, certainly including his entire team in on that, including quick perimeter players such as guards Aaliyah Williams, Caroline Daly, Allie Restovich and Ella Shedivy. "We pressure teams so the (lack of) height thing gets kind of alleviated. And Lily and Lauren do a great job of help defense. The whole team does, and that's huge."

Defense is considered "work" by many players. But some, such as this Lourdes crew — and same with Byron's juggernaut defenders — find it fun.

Davick, also crucial with 20 points and six rebounds, kept plugging momentary holes in Lourdes' defense with her quick switches.

"I love it," said Davick, a reserve for Lourdes a year ago. "I love blocking shots and doing all that stuff. We all have such a good time together out there. We just love it. The reason we're good at it is that we practice it a lot. We practice switching on screens and talking a lot. We have to talk the entire practice, or you get yelled at."

Davick offered that last comment with an endearing smile.

This is a happy group of Eagles, who also rode 15 points and 12 rebounds from Hust and 14 points and three 3-pointers from budding freshman star Williams.

Winning makes most any team happy. Lourdes has discovered the formula for making "W's" fairly constant.

It's team play. It's sharing the ball, and continually being there for each other on the defensive end.

It has them sitting at 14-4 overall.

Byron, which was led by fabulous sophomore guard/forward Madison Ohm with 20 points, lost for just the second time in nine games. The Bears are 14-4 overall.

Lourdes 59, Byron 50

BYRON (50)

Gabriella Cornejo 5 P; Alexis Nelson 9 P; Paige Halder 6 P; Rylee Finney 2 P; Kendra Harvey 7 P, 1 3-PT; Madison Ohm 20 P, 1 3-PT; Kayla Stork 1 P.

LOURDES (59)

Lauren Hust 15 P, 2 3-PT; Allie Restovich 2 P; Ella Shedivy 3 P; Caroline Daly 5 P, 1 3-PT; Lily Davick 20 P; Aaliyah Williams 14 P, 3 3-PT.

Halftime: BYR 28, LOUR 25.

Free throws: BYR 4-7, LOUR 17-23.

Three-point goals: BYR 2, LOUR 6.