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#3 ShawnEvans Round Lake moves up court vs. Lakes Tuesday night game action.
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Round Lake-11/27/12, Tues./Round Lake High School #3 Shawna Evans, of Round Lake moves up court vs. Lakes Tuesday night in game action. | Joe Shuman~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 29, 2012 6:14AM

Lakes High’s girls basketball program has shown improvement recently under the direction of Pete Schneider.

So far this winter, the Eagles are continuing to progress, as they have split their first six games, including a 52-27 thumping of host Round Lake on Tuesday night.

Terese McMahon and Amanda Beetschen each had a dozen points for the winners.

Round Lake (0-4) got 13 points from Morgan Evins.

“We opened up with Rolling Meadows and Fremd at the Lake Zurich tournament, and we played really well,” said Schneider. “That’s a tough tournament. The only game we haven’t played well this season was against Cary-Grove.

“We’re deep. The kids work hard. I like where we’re at.

Besides McMahon, the other starters against Round Lake were Samantha Ney, Nicole Mogged, Shelby Trkla and Amanda Smith. Beetchen is one of the many reserves who play starter-type minutes.

“We’re able to put a lot of talent on the floor,” said Schneider. “We’ve always had good kids, but now we have good kids who also can play basketball.

“I don’t have reservations about putting any of the 12 kids in the lineup.”

McMahon, a three-year varsity player for Lakes, has seen the program grow up to where it now play with the big guns in the Chicago area.

“This year, we have basketball players,” McMahon said. “In previous years, we’ve had good athletes and hard workers, but this year we have players who can play and understand the game.

“We’re capable of doing things we weren’t able to do before.”

The anchors for Lakes are the five seniors.

“I have five seniors who have been absolutely awesome,” Schneider said. “They’ve really taken it upon themselves to lead this team.

“They run the first 20 minutes of every practice.”

The seniors are McMahon, Mogged, Smith, Trkla and Dana Olson.

“It’s been a pretty good start (to the season) compared to previous years,” said Mogged. “But, we still have a lot of room to improve.

“Our defense is our strong suit, but it definitely can be a lot stronger. We also can score a lot more than we have been. We have to get the ball into the post and get our shooters going.”

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