Jewell Loyd Still Hungry for Title After Two Stellar Seasons with Notre Dame

In Jewell Loyd’s first two collegiate seasons, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team went 57-1 in regular-season games — the best record among any team during that time. During those two years the team has won regular-season and conference tournament championships in the Big East (2013) and ACC (2014). However, the Fighting Irish have beenContinue reading “Jewell Loyd Still Hungry for Title After Two Stellar Seasons with Notre Dame”

Three of a kind: Weinman sisters all playing Glenbrook South girls basketball

GLENVIEW — By all accounts, the Glenbrook South girls basketball team is a close-knit group, but three of the players have an especially close bond. “How many players get to be on the same team with their sibling?” Titans coach Steve Weissenstein asked. “Let alone with two siblings.” The Weinman sisters — Carly, Catie andContinue reading “Three of a kind: Weinman sisters all playing Glenbrook South girls basketball”

Depth proves to be a difference maker for New Trier

GLENVIEW — When New Trier girls basketball coach Teri Rodgers announced at the end of tryouts how many players would be kept on the varsity roster, some players were taken back. “When 20 girls made it, it was a bit of a concern,” said senior guard Isabella Bosco, who had initially worried about team chemistryContinue reading “Depth proves to be a difference maker for New Trier”

New Trier overcomes early deficit to beat Glenbrook South

New Trier 43, Glenbrook South 37 THE SKINNY The New Trier girls basketball team had a scare in the first half against Glenbrook South, but the Trevians settled down at halftime and improved to a perfect 17-0 (5-0 CSL South) on the year. TURNING POINT Glenbrook South held a 12-4 lead at the end of theContinue reading “New Trier overcomes early deficit to beat Glenbrook South”

Ridgewood holds off Schaumburg in wild fourth quarter

After missing five of the last six games due to injury, Ridgewood Anthony Mroz made sure to have an impact on Saturday’s game against Schaumburg. The senior finished with 24 points, including six fourth-quarter free throws, as the Rebels (7-9 overall) held on to a 60-53 victory. “I was lucky enough to get some fastContinue reading “Ridgewood holds off Schaumburg in wild fourth quarter”

Niles West girls basketball team united by loss to Niles North

After losing to rival Niles North in the final seconds and dropping a third consecutive contest, the Niles West girls basketball team came to a crucial point in its season. “There were a lot of emotions after the North game,” junior point guard Katherine De Lara said. “It was a really personal game for us.”Continue reading “Niles West girls basketball team united by loss to Niles North”

Glenbrook North adjusting to running the motion offense

After being led by two players now on Division I basketball teams, the Glenbrook North boys squad had to make changes offensively to fit the returning roster. In 2012-13, the Spartans’ offense ran through point guard Kurt Karis (Chicago State) and center Andrew McAuliffe (Davidson). The two all-conference players ran a highly effective inside-outside two-manContinue reading “Glenbrook North adjusting to running the motion offense”

Deerfield strives to strike an offensive balance

DEERFIELD — For the Deerfield girls basketball team, the ability to score both in the paint and from the perimeter is the key to striking an offensive balance. The Warriors are led by a pair of sophomore guards — Margot Sylvan and Haley Greer — on the outside. Both are skilled players capable of knockingContinue reading “Deerfield strives to strike an offensive balance”

Highland Park’s best offense comes from defense

HIGHLAND PARK — Much of the Highland Park girls basketball team’s offensive success actually begins when it gets stops on the defensive end. The Giants are often smaller than their opponents — nobody on the team is 6-foot tall — but many of the girls are quite athletic. So whenever possible, they look to getContinue reading “Highland Park’s best offense comes from defense”

Guard height helps Lake Zurich stand out

LAKE ZURICH — Standing just 5-foot-6 as a freshman, Brad Kruse grew up playing point guard. Kruse, now a senior, still handles the ball for Lake Zurich — only he’s sprouted to 6-foot-4. Kruse is one of Lake Zurich’s exceptionally tall starting guards — juniors Jack O’Neill and Mike Travlos are each listed at 6-foot-3.Continue reading “Guard height helps Lake Zurich stand out”