The Lyons Township High School girls basketball team has already produced some impressive results this season. The Lions won their Thanksgiving tournament in convincing fashion to kick off the season and own an 8-0 record overall.
The Lions’ undefeated mark will certainly be put to the test at the Wheaton North Tournament over the Christmas break. LTHS, seeded fourth out of 16 teams, begins play against Glenbard North on Monday, Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. At last year’s tournament, the Lions finished fourth.
“[Glenbard North] has had injuries and a girl out sick with the flu, but they could be at full strength for our game,” said head coach Paul Krick. “We have to be ready. I like to look at every game as a test of our preparation and development. Each game allows us to see how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go.”
Several excellent teams headline the Wheaton North field, including The top teams in Glenbrook South, Hersey and Downers Grove North.
“We’re excited to play some great competition,” Krick said. “We’re not the type of team that can look past anybody. Our leadership has been very strong and we have great balance and depth. Our ability to play as a team has really been our identity this year.”
“Each part of the season is like a stepping stone that brings in new challenges to the table,” Krick said. “We’re starting to enter the holiday tournament phase where we get to see some really good teams that we haven’t seen before, and it’s really exciting.”
LTHS success this season is due to contributions from multiple players, notably senior guards Vicki Swift, Marisa Kopping and Megan Hickey, junior center Emily Pender and sophomore forward Claire Purcell.
Fenwick excited about return to Dundee-Crown
After a one-year hiatus, the Fenwick High School girls basketball team is returning to compete in the 32nd Charger Classic Christmas Tournament at Dundee-Crown this season. The Friars, who played in a Christmas tournament in Miami, Fla. last year (Fenwick went 0-3), take on Evanston Friday at 2:30 p.m. in their D-C tourney opener. Fenwick has won the Charger Classic title nine times.
“Starting out against Evanston in that first game is going to be tough,” Fenwick coach Dave Power said. “There are some tough teams there and we’re really looking forward to the competition.
“We’re really excited to be back at the Dundee-Crown tournament. We’ve had a long standing tradition of competing there. There’s always great competition and it’s very well run. It should definitely be a lot of fun.”
With junior Deja Cage back in action and fully recovered from an injury, Fenwick is making strides in terms of developing team chemistry with each game. In addition to Cage, the Friars also feature talented players in the Southeast Missouri State-bound Mackowiak sisters, Jenny and Jessica, along with Kiki Sheard, Jessica Moriarty, Elle Schaefer, Katie Dvorak, Kelly Canoy and Drenisha Wideman.
Power believes playing at a prestigious tournament like Dundee-Crown will only help his team as the season wears on. Fenwick is currently competing in the Sterling Tournament which also offers multiple games in quick order for the Friars.
“We’re finding our way this year,” Power said. “These holiday tournaments are a great way to be challenged and keep coming together.”
Top teams at Dundee-Crown include Stevenson, Rockton-Hononegah, Burlington Central and New Trier.