WHEATON – Having been on the varsity since her freshman year, Meghan Waldron understands how difficult it is to win in the DuPage Valley Conference.
So when the senior guard and her Wheaton Warrenville South girls basketball teammates captured at least a share of their fourth consecutive league title with Monday’s 61-34 win over West Aurora, the accomplishment wasn’t understated.
“It’s been hard work and a lot of effort put into it,” Waldron said. “It’s not easy to win four in a row. The DVC has always been competitive and there is a lot of great players in it. It’s not easy even when you’re supposed to win and you’re the favorite. It’s just a lot of hard work and our coaches did a great job of preparing us for every game.”
Fellow senior guard Maggie Dansdill has also been a member of all four teams. The Tigers split the conference championship with Naperville Central in both 2010-11 and 2011-12 before standing alone at the top of the standings last winter. This time around, South can win the outright title by winning one of its two final regular season games (the Tigers played Naperville Central yesterday and take on Glenbard East tonight).
“It’s amazing, it really is,” South coach Rob Kroehnke said. “What’s neat about it is that even though Maggie and Meghan have been a part of all four, we have kids who are now gone that were the juniors and seniors their freshman year. Now we’ve got the second wave [of girls coming] through.”
The Tigers’ defense continued to be impressive, stifling a high-powered West Aurora offense. The home team held the Blackhawks to just 12 points in the opening half as South took a commanding 30-12 lead into intermission.
“In the first half, it was impressive what we did on the offensive end,” Kroehnke said, “but even more impressive what we did on the defensive end. We really made a point to emphasize that we wanted to come out and play good, solid defense.”
Waldron finished with a game-high 19 points. Erin Zappia continued her strong play of late with 12 points and Olivia Linebarger added 11 points.
“Erin is getting better every game,” Waldron said. “She has the most perfect shot, it’s a swish every time.”
On Saturday, the Tigers beat Glenbard North 65-31. Waldron scored 21 points, Melinda Franke totaled 11 points, and Zappia also reached double figures with 10.
Two days earlier, Wheaton Warrenville South defeated Lake Park 63-30 behind 26 points from Waldron. Franke added 10 points, Linebarger totaled eight and Marissa Lessick finished with seven in the win.