LOMBARD – Glenbard East's girls basketball team was a young group this season, so an early playoff exit is no surprise, but the Rams showed a lot of progress this season and already have their coach excited for next year.
The Rams finished an 8-17 season, a sharp improvement over last year's 3-24, with a 57-32 playoff loss to Wheaton Warrenville South on Wednesday.
The Tigers are the top seed in the sectional and showed why with a dominant performance. South led 22-3 early in the second quarter.
"They are a really, really good ballclub," East coach Don Finnie said. "We played hard. I thought the kids in the second half came out and played as well as they could against [that] team."
East got to the regional semifinal by defeating Schaumburg 56-45. Senior Elie Donovan scored double figures in both games with 21 against the Saxons and 11 against the Tigers.
Donovan was one of two senior starters along with Taj Key. Sophomores Brasia Solid and Ashley Brown cracked the starting lineup in their first year on varsity while juniors Allison Hansen and Rachael Leifheit were also major contributors that will be expected to come back next year.
"This team is building for the future, and the future looks really good here at East," Finnie said. "A lot of kids put a lot of effort into it. I got a lot of returning girls next year."
The Rams went from 0-12 in the DuPage Valley Conference to 5-7 and are hoping for more improvement next year.
"We're graduating two starters, but other than that I got a young ballclub." Finnie said. "A lot of sophomores this year on the team and a couple of juniors. I'm looking forward to next season."