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Glenbard South girls basketball trending in right direction as 2014 begins

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 10:34 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 10:41 a.m. CDT

GLEN ELLYN – The first six weeks of the season were a busy time for Glenbard South’s girls basketball team, which enters 2014 with a 10-6 record.

And for the most part, coach Julie Fonda has been happy with what she has seen.

“The pieces are falling into place,” Fonda said. “We are being productive offensively, we are scoring a lot of points. We are averaging close to 60 points, I think we are at 58. That’s a lot of points on the girls side. And defense, that’s always been our specialty and our press is working. It’s been fun to watch.”

If there would be a single complaint, it’s the fact that the Raiders haven’t had that one signature win. At the recent Bill Neibch Holiday Classic, the team went 2-2, falling to No. 1 seed Hersey and to host Wheaton North for a second time this winter.

“We are beating the teams we should beat,” the coach said. “We are waiting for that big win. Obviously in the Christmas tournament, we played the No. 1 seed and also Wheaton North, which is a good team, for a second time. And Sydney Bauman wasn’t there [against Wheaton North].

“Really, the only game we’ve been out of it was the second time we played Wheaton North. Other than that, we’ve been in every game. The losses have been productive for us.”

One place that Glenbard South hasn’t been touched is within the Metro Suburban Conference as the Raiders take a perfect 5-0 mark into tonight’s game against Timothy Christian.

“The second time through the conference is always a different story,” Fonda said. “The other teams know what you want to do. You can’t count any team out.

“We have to play R-B a second time and they are a good team, and we haven’t even seen Fenton yet. It just means you have to be more prepared yourself.”

Tomei Ball tops the team with her 11.8 points per game average while Steffy Bazigos is right behind at 11.6 points per contest.

Fonda also points to Ivana Markovic as a major contributor thus far.

“The biggest surprise for us offensively has been Ivana,” she said. “We all know she is a defensive maniac. But offensively, she has really worked on her game. She has been taking the ball to the hole really well. She is averaging seven points a game and had 19 in one game. She has been a positive reinforcement for my other scorers.”

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