ADDISON – It didn’t take hours of film study to diagnose what went wrong in Addison Trail’s girls basketball loss to Hinsdale South on Saturday.
“We had four points in the first quarter and two in the fourth,” AT head coach Rob Schader said. “You’re not going to win many games doing that.”
After jumping out to a 4-0 lead early, the Blazers found themselves staring at an 11-4 deficit at the end of the first quarter. AT lost the West Suburban Gold game 48-24.
The Blazers (4-15 overall, 1-6 in the Gold) were within striking distance at halftime, down 21-13, but Hinsdale South steadily increased the lead and outscored AT 10-2 in the final frame to secure the win.
“[Hinsdale South] did exactly what we thought they were going to do with their half court pressure,” Schader said. “We put some new things in and turned the ball over 28 times. There’s not much you can do [when that happens].”
On a positive note, the Blazers stayed tough on the boards against a Hinsdale South team with more height than them, and they also held the Hornets to 10 fewer points than in the first meeting of the season Dec. 10. It wasn’t enough to earn the win, but it showed that AT is making progress.
“We’re starting to play a lot harder,” Schader said. “Defensively we’re starting to play a lot better as well. We gave up 48 and last time [against Hinsdale South] we gave up 58, so it was better.”
The Blazers are well back in the WSG race, but with playoffs about a month away, the Blazers still have time to hit their stride if they do one key thing.
“We have a really athletic group of girls that have little confidence offensively. We just preach to be confident and try and attack,” Schader said. “They have to find [the confidence] on their own. You either have it or you don’t. It’s starting to come during the season with some of them because they haven’t played varsity ball before. You can see them getting more confidence as the season goes on.”
Hinsdale South 48, Addison Trail 24
AT top performers
• Katie Dziabis: Nine points
• Kelly Delawder: Four points
• Stephanie Messina: Four points
• Rachel Baumgartner: Four points
• Annie Beltrano: Three points
Who: Addison Trail at Morton
What: West Suburban Gold conference game
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: 2400 Home Ave., Berwyn