Last season, the Evanston Township High School girls’ basketball team ended the year with a loss to Maine South in their first game of Regionals. This season, they hope for a longer stay in the Class 4A playoffs.
“We would like to first win our Regional and then see what happens from there,” said Head Coach Steve Wool. In order for that to happen, he says the Wildkits must “be consistent with our effort and energy. If we improve on our free throws and finish our shots we can be a very dangerous team come playoff time.”
The Kits are the fifth seed in the 20-team Niles North Sectional and played eleventh seed Lane Tech as part of the Evanston Regional on Feb 16, the day this paper went to press.
“[They are a] tough team. They will most likely try to run and pressure us into a full court game. We have to limit our turnovers and be able to dictate the tempo of the game,” said Wool regarding Lane.
If the Kits beat Lane Tech, their next game will be on Feb. 18. The opponent is to be determined. The winner of Niles North and Steinmetz plays Niles West. The winner will then play the Kits for the Regional championship.
Should they win Regionals, they will play the winner of the Maine South Regional in the first round of Sectionals on Feb. 22. If they win that game, they will play for the Sectional championship against the winner of the Glenbrook North Regional and Northside Regional on Feb. 25. If they win that game, they will play in the Super-sectionals at Loyola University against the Lake Park Sectional winner on Mar. 1.
In regular season action, the Kits lost to archrival New Trier 48-37 on Jan. 29 at Northwestern’s Welsh Ryan Arena.
“I think we proved that we can compete with any team in our Sectional. New Trier is the top seed and we played them tough all the way down the stretch,” said Wool.
On Feb. 5 the Kits lost to Niles West 39-38 and the next day lost to Lincoln Park 43-37. Regarding the Niles West game, Wool said, “The girls played very hard and just came up a bit short. We lost by one point and felt we did everything we could to win but just came up a bit short.”
On Feb. 9 the Kits beat Regina 62-41 in the final regular season home game of the year. In the season finale, they lost to Glenbrook South 53-39 on Feb. 12. The Kits ended the season with a record of 13-14.
“I am never satisfied. I always feel we can play better but that’s how I feel about all of my teams,” said Wool of his team’s performance this year. “We have progressed as a team and have improved since the beginning of the season but we still have room to grow.”
If the Kits can play the way they did against Regina, look for them to be hoisting at least a Regional championship trophy at the end of February.