SCHAUMBURG – Rob Kroehnke has had a lot of regular season victories during his 13-year stint as the Wheaton Warrenville South girls basketball coach.
But few have meant as much as Friday's 48-43 win over highly-ranked Montini to wrap up the Schaumburg tournament.
"It might be the biggest regular season win, I could go with that," Kroehnke said. "I'm sure I'm forgetting something. There were teams I've had that were less talented that beat teams we shouldn't have, and those were always big games.
"But when you stack up against Montini, you stack up well against anybody. Hopefully we carry this over and keep it going."
The Tigers led by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter before holding on down the stretch. Meghan Waldron and Maggie Dansdill, who scored 19 and 11 points, respectively, both hit two free throws in the final 42 seconds to seal the victory. Waldron and Dansdill were selected to the all-tournament team.
"We have kids who have been through it before," Kroehnke said. "They know what they need to do to get it done."
With the win, Wheaton Warrenville South closed out the event with a 4-1 record, the lone loss a 57-46 setback to Trinity on Nov. 22. In addition to Montini, the team also beat Glenbrook South, Stevenson, and Rockford Boylan.
"It was a fantastic five games," the coach said. "We got to see different things and got to play quality teams. And we never felt comfortable in any game."
After five days off, the squad is set to begin DuPage Valley Conference play with their home opener against Wheaton North tonight. In a scheduling oddity, the Tigers won't play again on their own court until Jan. 11.
"This senior group have three DVC championships so far," Kroehnke said, "and they want to make sure they finish the deal. The Schaumburg tournament was a nice warm-up and it gets us ready for situations we will see in conference."
Who: Wheaton North at Wheaton Warrenville South
When: 7:15 p.m. Thursday
Where: 1993 Tiger Trail, Wheaton