The Evanston Township High School girls basketball team has already had its share of ups and downs in the first half of the season. On Dec. 4, the Wildkits beat Waukegan, 66-32, and on Dec. 8, they beat Maine South., 42-38. Then on Dec. 11, the Kits lost to archrival New Trier, 60-37.
In a game on Dec. 15, the Kits beat Maine East, 59-31. In Central Suburban League South Conference play on Dec. 18, they lost to Niles West, 48-34, dropping their conference record to 2-2.
On Dec. 26, in their first game of the Dundee-Crown Charger Classic, the Kits lost to Fremd, 37-34. In that game, the Kits were shutout 14-0 at the free throw line, which more than provided the difference. The Kits had only six attempts at the line.
The Kits bounced back on Dec. 28 and beat Dundee-Crown, 46-33. The next day, they were unable to keep the momentum, losing to Mother McAuley, 48-41. On Dec. 30, in their final game of the tournament, the Kits prevailed in overtime 52-45 over Maine West, finishing the Dundee tournament 2-2.
After that tournament, head coach Steve Wool said, “It was a good tournament. Coming in, we knew we were going up against quality competition. This tournament was a good measuring stick of where we are at the half-way point of the season.”
In their first game of 2010, on Jan.2, the Kits lost to Morgan Park, 40-21, in the City-Suburban Shootout. The Kits’ record stands at 8-8 as of Jan. 5.
With their record at .500, Coach Wool said, “I’m not satisfied [with our record], but traditionally we start off slow and pick it up in the second half and finish strong.”
At the half way point, Wool feels his team has played well, but there is room for improvement. “We’ve been doing good on defense but we’re not finishing on offense,” he said. “We’ve got to make our lay-ups. If we continue to miss lay-ups, it’s not going to work.”
The Kits played at Northside College Prep on Jan. 5, the day this paper went to press. The upcoming schedule for the Kits includes home games on Jan. 8 against Glenbrook South and Jan. 12 against Glenbrook North. Then on Jan. 15 they visit Waukegan, followed by the Jan. 18 MLK Dream Classic at Whitney Young High School.
“It’s a big tournament,” said Coach Wool, regarding the Dream Classic. “It provides us a good opportunity to play quality competition. Proviso East will be a great game and we’re really looking forward to it.”
“[Throughout the season] we’ve shown a steady improvement and we need to play up to the strengths of quality competition to compete,” said Wool.
In order for the Kits to have a successful second half, they need to continue to improve every game. “We need to continue to get better in the second half and if we do I think we can make some noise,” said the Coach. In order for that to happen, he says, “We need to focus on the little things, like boxing out, making screens, rebounding and making lay-ups.”
If they are able to execute the little things with more consistency, this should be an entertaining second half for the Kits.