Dwyer shines in facilitator role for Titans
Glenbrook South's Katie Dwyer pulls down a rebound during the third quarter of Friday evening's game at Evanston. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 19, 2013 1:47PM
EVANSTON — In an offense that tends to revolve around Lindsey Oldshue, Molly McDonagh and Katie Jennings, Katie Dwyer takes advantage of the limited shots she gets.
“What she does a really good job of is letting the game come to her,” said Glenbrook South girls basketball coach Steve Weissenstein said. “She doesn’t try and force things. When the ball comes to her, she’s ready to shoot the 3. When someone is open, she gets them the ball. She knows what her role is and she does it really well.”
Dwyer starts for the Titans, but for the most part, the senior guard simply helps swivel the ball around the court, feeding it to the powerful McDonagh, the slashing Oldshue or the elusive Jennings. Occasionally Dwyer hoists up a shot, and when she does, it goes in more often than not.
“She kind of goes unnoticed, but she shouldn’t,” McDonagh said. “She’s a really good ball-handler. She’s a really good shooter, and she can post up because she’s tall, so she really can do it all.”
Dwyer accounted for seven of Glenbrook South’s 15 second-half points Friday against Evanston despite barely touching the ball. She converted a slick pass from Jennings into a layup early in the third quarter, scored on a fast break in the fourth quarter and cut the Titan’s deficit to four by hitting a 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining.
“It’s all mentality with my shooting,” Dwyer said. “If I do the specific form that I’ve been training to do and that I’ve been shooting in practice ... then I’ll make it.”
Despite her scoring spurt against Evanston, Dwyer still embraces her supporting role on the court.
“I guess I would like to see myself as someone who can get the big scorers the ball,” Dwyer said. “I don’t need to be the lead scorer or anything, but I’d definitely like to be the person who would be the assister.”
It’s a philosophy that Dwyer has developed over time.
“It’s kind of hit me more that in order to be successful, there has to be that one person on the team or a few people on the team that are really good at doing the little things that help get points for other people,” Dwyer said. “That’s how I’ve grown. I’ve always thought if I scored points, I’ll win the game, but now it’s kind of getting to if I do these little things, that will help us win the game.”