Girls basketball: Lauren Notholt powers Foran to rivalry win

Foran High senior forward Lauren Notholt’s double-double helped the Lions turn aside crosstown rival Jonathan Law, 51-39, in an SCC matchup at Fraser Gymnasium on Thursday night.

Notholt exploded for 21 points and 15 rebounds, with 11 coming in fourth quarter as Foran broke a 34-34 deadlock.

“They worked a lot harder in the second half,” Foran head coach Bob Asumssen said. “They kind of willed themselves to play through anything… They played with a lot of confidence.”

Law led 29-22 at the break, but scored just 10 points in the second half — making two field goals.

“If we don’t shoot them, we can’t score,” Law head coach Dan Young said. “There was no shutdown… If no one is in front of you and you’re still not shooting, it’s hard to score.”

A free throw from Olivia Keator pulled Law (0-4) within 42-39 with 1:29 left to play, but Foran rattled off the final nine points of the game to seal its first win of the season.

That capped off a 14-1 run over the final 3:13, after Melissa Chodziutko’s brace of foul shots put Law ahead 38-37 with 3:13 left.

Cali Jolley led the Lady Lawmen with 14 points, while Samara Thacker added 12, before fouling out, and Chodziutko six.

Foran held Law’s top scorer Fallon Andriolas, who topped the Lady Lawmen in scoring in their previous two games against Lyman Hall and Sacred Heart Academy, scoreless.

“We wanted to stop them in transition higher up the court,” Asmussen said. “That allowed us to get back on defense and play the way we wanted. We played a zone defense and just continued to shade out on Andriolas. She’s a good shooter and we held her to zero points.”

Samantha Inthapanhya notched 12 points for the Lions, who improved to 1-3.

Viktoria Notholt chipped in with nine points and seven rebounds and Jess McQuade recorded seven assists and six steals.

“They are a big team and they rebound well,” Young said of the Lions.

Foran also created some easy baskets in transition, breaking down Law’s pressure defense. The Lions also only turned the ball over twice in the decisive fourth quarter.

“They see the court much better,” said Asmussen of the press-breaking.

Overall, it was a big night all around for Foran, which won the first of its two-game set with Law, while picking up its first win of the season.

It had added significance for Asmussen, who was the girls basketball head coach at Law for seven years and currently teaches at the school.

“I have these girls in my class, I teach at Law. I see them every day,” he said. “It’s big for me but it’s bigger for the girls. They play the game.”