Defending state champs end Raiders' historic season
LAGRANGE PARK — The good news is the Glenbard South girls basketball team loses just two seniors to graduation after a 22-win season this winter.
The bad news, the Raiders will probably run up against Montini in the playoffs again next year.
Described by Glenbard South coach Julie Fonda as a David vs. Goliath matchup, the Raiders saw their 2012-13 season come to an end with a 58-29 loss to the Broncos in the Nazareth Class 3A sectional final.
“We did it on Tuesday (a 44-35 win over Nazareth), too a little bit," Fonda said, "but you can’t get down against a team like Montini. They just have too many weapons, too many opportunities to score. We had an off shooting night (6-of-34 shooting in the first half). We can't shoot like that and beat a team like Montini. You've got to have four quarters of good basketball. They're a great team."
Further adding to the difficulty of trying to upset three-time defending state champ Montini was having only one day to prepare.
"The other part of that is how do you prepare for a team when you have one day," Fonda said. "I said that to the girls last night when we started practice. Our attempt right now is to beat the best team in the state of Illinois across all four classes. It was definitely a mountain to climb, but they were all for it. Game-plan wise they didn’t do a bad job executing, we just had an off night shooting. In all honesty if even some of those shots fall it's a totally different ball game because the momentum doesn't shift totally their way.”
Despite the loss, the Raiders had nothing to hang their heads about. This year's team made the deepest postseason run in program history.
“I think it was a great opportunity," the coach said. "It was a great stepping stone. The team made history. We’ve never been in a sectional championship in school history so it’s a big thing for a team like this to have a goal to beat the next step. It was a great opportunity and I think they probably took a lot out of it. They know the level of intensity of the game at this level and hopefully you can take that into next year.”
Glenbard South overcame the injury bug to finish the winter with a 22-8 overall record and placed second in the Metro Suburban Conference behind Riverside Brookfield.
“I expected to have 20 wins," said Fonda, who must say goodbye to seniors Hannah Taylor and Theresa Scheet. "We had a funk there for a while when we had a bunch of injuries so that was kind of the question mark, but they’re a talented group. It’s pretty rare that Glenbard South has this many basketball players in one class. There’s a core of six of them that are sophomores that love playing this game. I think our expectations were exceeded a little bit, but I think their goals were satisfied as far as the 20 wins.”
— Dan Santaromita contributed to this report
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