One day after attending her grandfather’s funeral, Marist’s Elise Ward seeks redemption against Lincoln-Way Central. ‘I’m doing it for him.’

Marist' Elise Ward (2) drives to the basket while being guarded by Lincoln-Way Central's Nicole Connolly (25) during a game in Chicago on Wednesday Dec.1, 2021.
Vincent D. Johnson / Daily Southtown

The Marist girls basketball team entered Wednesday physically depleted, having just suffered its first loss of the season to Bolingbrook the previous night.

For junior guard Elise Ward, the exhaustion also was emotional.

Ward spent Tuesday morning attending the funeral of her grandfather, who had been a huge supporter of her team. Dealing with so much loss in a matter of hours, it would have been understandable for her to need more time to recover.

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Casey Drottar is a Freelance Sports Reporter for The Associated Press, the Chicago Tribune and Shaw Media. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook


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