After falling to Marion Catholic by a score of 50-46 in the Chicagoland Classic on Dec. 2 at Fremd High School, the Evanston Township High School girls’ basketball team bounced back to beat Glenbrook South on Dec. 5 by a score of 54-31.
In that game, the Kits forced 19 turnovers and held the hosts to just eight field goals as they cruised to victory. Senior guard TaMia Banks led the Kits with 10 points and sophomore guard Jayla Turchin added nine points. With the win, the Kits improved to 6-3 overall and 2-0 in Central Suburban League South Conference play.
From there, the Kits returned to Beardsley Gym in Evanston on Dec. 8 to take on Maine South and unfortunately they came up short against the Hawks by a score of 57-49. The Hawks jumped out to a 10-2 lead but TaMia hit three-pointers on back-to-back possessions, which were sandwiched between a Hawks basket to make it 12-8 with 3:24 remaining in the first quarter. From there, the Kits were able to take the lead at 20-18 when sophomore center Ambrea Gentle scored with 5:34 remaining in the second quarter. The Kits would extend the lead to 24-18 when Jayla made a free throw with 3:24 left in the quarter.
The Kits held a 25-24 lead at the half and Ambrea made it 27-24 with a basket just 20 seconds into the third quarter. But from there, the Hawks went on an 8-2 run to take a 32-29 lead. Then with the score tied at 34, the Hawks regained the lead at 36-34 with 2:52 remaining in the third quarter and they would not relinquish that lead the rest of the game as they held on for the 57-49 victory. With the loss, the Kits fell to 6-4 overall.
“I thought our effort was there, and give Maine South credit, they made some big shots, but our communication was very poor [in that game],” said assistant coach Steve Wool. “We just did not talk a lot on defense and that left [Maine South] with some wide open shooters, and the fact that Maine South made free throws down the stretch [including seven in the final five minutes] so that was big. And there were some possessions where we turned the ball over on a key possession and then we had a missed assignment that led to a wide open three-pointer.” Coach Wool added, “We are a young team and this is one of those games where you are going to learn from our mistakes and hopefully we will learn from that and hopefully they will not make the same mistakes next time around.”
The Kits were led in scoring by TaMia, who had 11 points, and junior forward SyAnn Holmes, who chipped in nine points in the defeat. Regarding TaMia’s performance, Coach Wool said, “She has been our leader all season long. She picked up two quick fouls in the first half. We wanted to save her for the second half and she did really well in the second half. But she plays her heart out, she is a warrior, she does a nice job and you cannot lose with her.”
Next up, the Kits were set to take on Maine West on Dec. 12 followed by Niles North on Dec. 15. Regarding Maine West, Coach Wool said, “They are a tough team. They are one of the top three teams in the State, they have four division one players on their team, so we have our work cut out for us in that one.” From there, after a matchup with St. Charles North on Dec. 16, the Kits open the Montini Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27.