WHEATON – Julie Fonda has no doubt that if her Glenbard South girls basketball team continues at its current pace, the dividends will be reaped later in the season.
And the head coach made that statement after a 59-52 loss to Wheaton North Saturday evened the Raiders' record at 4-4.
"I'm very happy with our intensity," Fonda said. "They go hard for all 32 minutes of the game regardless of what the score is. That will go a long way down the line. If we continue at that high level, we will cause some damage later on and in the postseason.
"These girls fight to the finish and they don't like to lose."
The squad's other three defeats are to Batavia, Oak Lawn and Geneva.
"It's been fun [to play bigger schools]," Fonda said. "Geneva was a great challenge, Batavia in the opener was a great challenge. And Oak Lawn has got a great point guard. We've been in every game but Geneva, and even that game we came back and cut it to eight.
"We've done what we should do against the teams we should beat. But we are still looking for that big win."
To Fonda's point, earlier last week, Glenbard South defeated Timothy Christian and Illiana Christian to begin Metro Suburban Conference play. The team has also beaten Glenbard East and Glenbard West.
On an individual note, Sydney Bauman blocked 14 shots against Wheaton North. Ivana Markovic led all scorers with 19 points.
"She is a phenomenal blocker," the coach said of Bauman. "She already had 10 blocks [in a game] this year. She is really active around the basket."
Wheaton North coach Dave Eaton was impressed with Bauman and the Raiders.
"I tell you what, she is a game-changer inside," he said. "We could have had 65 points but she threw 14 or 15 of those shots out of bounds.
"And coach Fonda gets those girls to play so hard, her kids don't give up. We told the kids at halftime, they will come out fighting."
Who: Ridgewood at Glenbard South
What: Metro Suburban Conference game
When: 7 p.m. tonight
Where: 23W200 Butterfield Road, Wheaton