The Lady Trojans closed their season with two final games. Tuesday we traveled to Walther for our final conference game. Walther was undefeated in our conference and with only 1 loss for their season we knew this would be a tough game. We were prepared and excited to play our final conference game. With plans to try and slow down their game we came out with our effective 3-2 Zone. The game was back in forth and a game of runs for Walther. We never felt out of the game but it was tough to keep up with their very athletic team. Down 9 at the half we knew we had to come out strong in the third. The girls were up and ready and actually scored the first 5 points and then went cold. Walther got up by about 15 then went into their classic stall. We had to match up man and this did not go so well for us. Walther took the game by a score of 56-37. Jordyn lead the scoring and rebounding with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Sureya added 9 points, and Olivia added 8. The Trojans finished 3rd in the conference with a record of 8-4.
Our last game of the season was our Senior night, against a very fast paced Fenton. After honoring Emily DeBoer and Olivia Schuringa we came out ready for the chaos of Fenton, and chaos it was. A strong first quarter had us with a 21-11 lead and then a 36-23 half time lead. Fenton is a run and gun 3 point shooting, sub 5 at a time go go go team. We were tired but playing well as a team and subbing accordingly. The third quarter showed this, as we got outscored 19-8 as many of their long 3’s began to fall and we struggled to get the long rebounds. But amazing senior leadership, a young guard team that was recomposed saw us take the 4th quarter back and played our team ball. Emily DeBoer came up huge on her senior night and lead the team with 20 points and 10 rebounds! Olivia Schuringa also stepped up and put in 9 points and 6 rebounds. Our inside game was rounded out with 7 points from Hannah. Heidi Westra also came up big with 8 points and 8 rebounds. What a game and what a way to finish our season. Our record for the year is 17-9.
A huge thank you to our Pep Band, Our Red Zone, our Boys Basketball program, our family, friends and faculty who came out to cheer us on. We could not have done this without you.
Please come back and help us in our Regional run. We begin play on Wednesday, 6:00 on our home court in the WAC.
It was another busy week for the boys basketball program; and another successful one, as the 3 teams went a combined 7-1.
The week began with a home game against Westmont High School. The freshman team suffered the lone loss of the week, but the sophomore and varsity squads defeated the Sentinels in convincing fashion. The sophomores defeated Westmont for the 2nd time this season by a score of 61-49, while the varsity team was looking to redeem themselves after suffering a tough loss to Westmont in the first game of the year.
The varsity game remained close until mid-way through the 3rd quarter when the Trojans went on a decisive 19-0 scoring run to turn a 35-32 deficit into a commanding 51-35 lead. Strong team defense, unselfish play, and the inside presence of Brandon Orange and Nick Huisman led the way for the Trojans. Orange finished the game with 23 points and 9 rebounds with 22 of those points coming in the 2nd half while Huisman contributed 10 points and 7 rebounds. Of the 21 made field goals for the Trojans, 18 of them came off direct assists. Guards Michael Thomas and Ty Merrick had strong games overall, contributing 6 points and 6 assists, and 9 points and 7 assists, respectively.
On Friday night, the sophomore and varsity Trojans traveled to Melrose Park to take on the Broncos of Walther Christian. Each team picked up another win, as the sophomores controlled the game from the tip and won convincingly, while the varsity had to work a bit harder to earn a 64-54 victory. The Trojans got strong contributions from Brandon Orange (19 points, 15 rebounds), Michael Thomas (11 points, 3 assists), Matt Owens (9 points, 3 assits), and Ty Merrick (7 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds).
On Saturday night, the boys were back in action at home vs. Peoria Christian. Each team picked up another win on the night, to finish the week with a program sweep. The varsity squad defeated the Chargers 62-38, as all 12 players saw game action. Matt Owens led the way with accurate outside shooting, going 6-9 from 3 point land on his way to scoring 27 points on the night. With the victory, the Trojans record improved to 18-4, 8-0 in MSC Red play. The sophomore team stands at 14-6, while the freshman squad has an overall record of 11-6.
All 3 levels return to play this week on Tuesday, with home games vs. Elmwood Park, and then travel to Norridge, to take on the Rebels of Ridgewood Friday night.