Published Monday, February 11, 2013 AT 1:47 PM / Updated at 8:31 PM
Future Jay impresses
Mike Patterson Omaha World-Herald

Creighton appears to have a good player heading its way in Lincoln Southwest senior guard Lauren Works.

She is averaging 17.6 points for the Silver Hawks, who are ranked seventh in Class A this week. Works can drive to the basket, hit the 3-pointer (46 percent from behind the arc) and make free throws (80 percent).

She also has that intangible every coach loves — she wants the ball when the game is on the line. I’ve covered Southwest three times this season and each time, Works has stepped up late.

Against Millard North on Jan. 15, she finished with a game-high 26 points in a 57-52 loss. She had 20 in a 44-37 win over Lincoln Northeast on Feb. 1 and, most recently, 21 points in a 57-51 victory Saturday at Omaha Benson.

In that game against the Bunnies, Works’ hustling play at the end of the third quarter helped the Silver Hawks rally from a 13-point deficit. She stole the ball and scored a layup just before the buzzer, and Southwest rode that mementum into the fourth quarter to eventually get the win.

In short, she should be a nice addition to Creighton in the future.

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