Oldshue does a little bit of everything for Titans
Glenbrook South's Lindsey Oldshue (right) has her shot blocked by Lyons' Victoria Swift at the Wheaton North girls basketball tournament on Friday. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 4, 2013 6:49AM
WHEATON — It might be hard to pinpoint a most valuable player for the Glenbrook South girls basketball team, but it is easy to notice the excitement on coach Steve Weissenstein’s face when he talks about Lindsey Oldshue.
Molly McDonagh might be the Titans’ leading scorer and Katie Jennings is positioned at the top of Glenbrook South’s signature 1-3-1 defense, but Oldshue does it all for Glenbrook South, which won Wheaton North’s Neibch Holiday Classic on Saturday with a 59-40 victory over the host school.
“Whatever you need her to do, she does it,” Weissenstein said. “Obviously, she handles the ball. She’s our best defender and she’s our best 3-point shooter. Every year, she takes on more responsibility.”
For the 6-foot senior guard, handling the ball doesn’t come easy, but Oldshue will bring the ball up in a pinch and will occasionally play point guard to start up the Titans offense.
“She makes good decisions,” said Weissenstein, who has preached limiting turnovers to his team this season.
But Oldshue is just as versatile as an inside player.
She only scored six points in the Neibch Holiday Classic semifinals against Lyons on Friday night, but Oldshue scored three points on four foul-shot attempts after driving to the basket. Among the Titans, Oldshue also played the most minutes in the game (30) even though she finished with four fouls.
In her third varsity season, Oldshue was a part of the Glenbrook South squads that reached back-to-back finals at Wheaton North. The Titans lost to Waubonsie Valley in last season’s final.
“It’s really great knowing we’ve done it for the second year in a row now,” Oldshue said. “It’s a great honor being the first seed in the tournament. We deserve it, but we know teams want to beat us.”
Glenbrook South routed Lyons 52-28 in the semifinals while holding Lyons to 14 second-half points.
“I think a lot of times, for us, we turn our defense into offense,” Oldshue said. “We get tips, play hard and get easy shots.”
Oldshue recently decided to play basketball next season at Division III New York University, which is where her father, Richard, went to graduate school.
Oldshue talked with Ivy League schools such as Brown and Columbia, but ultimately decided that NYU provided her with a better opportunity to play and study. She hopes to study premed after getting into the school’s College of Arts and Sciences.
“I love it,” Oldshue said. “I grew up on the outskirts of Chicago and being in New York (City) could be overwhelming, but I am excited.”