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Tourney-tested Tigers set sights on DVC title

WHEATON – To say that Wheaton Warrenville South’s girls basketball team had a busy first half of the season is an understatement.

Entered into three different tournaments before the close of 2013, the Tigers take a 14-2 overall record into the new year.

“Starting off at the Schaumburg tournament where we had to play Montini, Trinity and Rockford Boylan, that was a good test early on,” Wheaton Warrenville South coach Rob Kroehnke said. “And then with these last two tournaments [Naperville North/Benet and the State Farm Classic] that’s a lot of games. We’ve had 16 games in five, six weeks.

“But it’s been a great start. Now we can concentrate on conference. We still have Prospect at the MLK Classic [Jan. 18 at Willowbrook] and Fenwick in February, but besides those two, we finish up with conference the rest of the year.”

Most recently, Wheaton Warrenville South went 3-1 in its first trip to the State Farm Classic in Bloomington.

“It was a great experience,” Kroehnke said. “The girls had a great time and we got to see some really, really good teams down there.”

Meghan Waldron was one of six players selected to the all-tournament team.

“It was well deserved,” the coach said. “She played great and that’s what we need.”

Waldron is averaging 22.2 points a game so far this season. Maggie Dansdill is at 10.9 points to go along with 5.8 rebounds, and Olivia Linebarger checks in with 8.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per outing.

Kroehnke also is quick to point out the play of Melinda Franke, who averages 6.3 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.

“She continues to do what she does best,” he said of Franke. “She is an unbelievable rebounder, especially at the offensive end. And we always put her on [the other team’s] best player. Whether it’s a guard or a post, she gets matched up with her.”

Wheaton Warrenville South was supposed to return to the court on Tuesday but that game was postponed due to the weather. The Tigers are scheduled to be back in action against DuPage Valley Conference foes Naperville Central (tonight) and Lake Park (Saturday).

A fourth straight DVC title is the goal.

“Every conference game is very important no matter what their record is,” Waldron said. “It’s exciting to go for a fourth straight title. It’s a challenge and we are up for it.”

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