The Evanston Township High School girls’ basketball team took on Central Suburban League South Conference rival Niles West on Dec. 9 hoping to capture its 10th straight victory to start the season. The Wildkits did just that, as they handily beat the Wolves by a score of 82-36.
In just their second game in Beardsley Gym this season, the Kits certainly felt right at home as they took a 19-1 lead when senior Leah Robinson scored with just under two minutes to go in the first quarter. The Kits extended the lead to 42-12 after a layup from freshman Kayla Henning with 1 minute 25 seconds remaining in the half.
In the third quarter, Kits extended the lead to 62-22 off a basket from junior Nadia Thorman-McKey with 1 minute 20 seconds remaining, then cruised to victory from there. With the victory, the Kits improved to 10-0 overall. This was also the second straight game the Kits tallied over 80 points as they scored 84 in a victory against Niles North on Dec. 6.
“I am just really excited about our energy,” said head coach Brittanny Johnson. “I think they are finally starting to play the way I envisioned them to play, which is fast and aggressive, and there is not a lot to be mad about with a win like that.”
Leading the way for the Kits were seniors Krystal Forrester, who scored 17 points, Leighah Amori-Wool, who tallied 16, and Kayla, who added 15 points. “I think pretty much everybody played well [including Krystal and Leighah]. Krystal has been on an offensive tear over these last 10 games,” said Coach Johnson. “Leighah scored her 1,000th point her last game [against Niles North]. She has just been very consistent all season. She is super versatile and I am very lucky to have her on this team.”
Coach Johnson continued, “Our freshmen are really starting to come together [as well]. Kayla, I just love her energy and what she has done.” The Coach continued, “But I just think we are a really deep team and you do not know where [the scoring] is going to come from and I think we are going to keep playing this way. We are working hard, and these guys deserve it.”
Regarding her team’s defensive performance, which limited the Wolves to 36 points, including just five in the first quarter, Coach Johnson said, “We work hard every day. These guys are pushing themselves in practice, so obviously when we get to games, they are excited to go out and play against somebody else.” The Coach explained, “I just think defensively, we are just playing really smart, we are not fouling a lot, we are using our athleticism, and I love the way we are playing defense.”
When asked how the season is going so far, Coach Johnson said, “I think it is going great. We are 10-0, and we are really starting to come into our own I think, but I am not satisfied because there is still a lot that we have to do.” The Coach continued, “We are definitely a team that is going to get better, and to get better after a 10-0 start, I think we are heading in the right direction [of doing that].”
In order to continue this solid level of play, Coach Johnson said it will come down to how the team comes out from the start of games and their energy level. “I think it is just with our energy, the way we start games. Our energy was low in warm-ups [against Niles West], so I was a little worried, but we have got great seniors, and they pulled everybody together and said, ‘hey, this is a game, we have to be ready for it,’ and I just think that our senior leadership so far has been great, and we have great depth. I am able to play 10 kids, and that is a great thing to be able to do as a coach.”
On Dec. 13, the Kits extended their winning streak to 11 games by beating Maine East, 70-21. Next up the Kits take on archrival New Trier on Dec. 16. From there, they take on St. Charles North on Dec. 17, and then Glenbrook South on Dec. 22.