The Riverside-Brookfield girls basketball team is shopping for one more gift post-Christmas.
The Bulldogs (7-2, 3-1 Metro Suburban Conference) hope to check the RB Holiday Classic Championship off their wish list. Winning its hometown tourney would add to the Bulldogs’ already impressive early season haul, which includes the RB Bill VandeMertkt Thanksgiving title.
RB takes on Reavis tonight (Dec. 28) at 6:30 p.m. and Argo on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Bulldogs will also play on Friday (opponent/time to be determined). RB, Lane, Reavis, Argo, Proviso West, McHenry, Nazareth and Morton comprise the tournament field.
“We’re very excited about hosting this tournament,” RB coach Dallas Till said. “We have a nice field of teams so people can come out and plenty of basketball. Our goals are to play good basketball and hopefully win [the tournament].”
RB is a top contender to claim their own tournament along with Proviso West, which features Mikaela Boyd, Jasmine Jackson and Deana Woods.
Versatile senior forwards Meghan Orgler and Elena Duve have triggered the Bulldogs’ promising run into the holidays. Orgler is a solid scorer and rebounder, while Duve is also proficient offensively in addition to serving as the Bulldogs’ defensive stopper.
“Meghan and Elena have done a nice job leading our team,” Till said. “I’m also pleased with our depth and chemistry.”
Till employs a rotation of eight to 10 players which has proven effective in his first year as the Bulldogs’ head coach. Guard Danielle Peco is a top threat from behind the three-point arc, while juniors Brittney JnoBaptiste and Hannah Claywell have brought in welcomed scoring punch and athleticism. Kiley Rusen, Alleigh VandeMerkt, Brittany Janney, Megan Walsen, Kaija Bole and others have contributed at both ends of the floor.
With the exception of a “flat” loss at Ridgewood, the Bulldogs have played well according to Till, even during a 48-41 setback against area rival Lyons Township.
“Our girls played hard against LT,” Till said. “We were right there in the closing minutes with a chance to win the game. Playing against a bigger school like LT was a good test for us. Our tournament will offer another good challenge.”