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Girls Varsity

It was another busy week for the Lady Trojans, but a great week. TC remains undefeated for the month of January and is enjoying a 7 game wining streak.  Tuesday the Lady Trojans traveled to a scrappy Ridgewood to continue conference play.  The Trojans came out strong, taking a commanding 19-8 lead after the 1st quarter.  They lead 33-20 after two, but as we discussed at halftime, Ridgewood always plays hard. They came at us tough in the third and cut the lead to 11, and actually got to under 10 at one point in the 4th. A good inside game kept the lady Trojans in the lead and we finished the game with a 10 point victory, wining 57-47. Olivia Schuringa led the way with 16 points and 6 rebounds, Hannah Schuringa added 11points and 6 rebounds, and Emily DeBoer put in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Heidi Westra was big all around with 8 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 steals.

Thursday Guerin came to the WAC for another conference game. A struggling Guerin had a hard time defending our strong inside game and lost by a score of 65-22. Hannah Schuringa led the way with 19 points and 8 rebounds, Olivia added 10 points, Heidi added 9 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals, and Jordyn added 8 points, 5 assists  and 4 rebounds. We now improve to 8-3 in Conference play.

Saturday would be our toughest game of the week or for the month, for that matter. A much bigger school had us preparing hard for a well-rounded Riverside Brookfield. RB had a record of 18-5 so the Lady Trojans went into the game knowing this would be a good test to our abilities.  And wow, did we come to play. The Lady Trojans held the lead most of the game, mostly due to a very aggressive defense and out hustling them on every play. Patience on offense and improving from some mistakes had the Lady Trojans just up 30-28 at the end of the 3rd quarter. The 4th quarter brought a very exciting game of back and forth and last minute chances. The victory was not meant to be in regulation and into OT we went. A perfect 4 minutes of play, patience, team work and fantastic free throw shooting saw the Lady Trojans take the victory by a score of 50-41. The girls went 11-12 from the charity strip and outscored RB 13-4 in OT for the non-conference victory. This brings our winning streak to 7, and our record to 16-8.

This week will be tough and special one. Tuesday we travel to first place Walther, who has only suffered one loss this entire season. This will be our last conference game. Thursday finds us saying goodbye to our seniors, Emily DeBoer and Olivia Schuringa. Come help us cheer them on and our team in our final game of the regular season. Come fill the WAC on Thursday, February 1st at 7:00 pm.

Boys Varsity

The varsity boys basketball team carried over the momentum of the previous week’s 3 victories by earning 2 more hard fought wins this past week over old PSL rivals Wheaton Academy and Chicago Christian.

The Trojans welcomed Wheaton Academy to the WAC on Tuesday night for a Metro Suburban Conference cross-over game. As has been the trend, the boys came out hot in the 1st half, shooting over 50% from the field, while also playing great team defense, holding the Warriors to just 34% shooting in the half. The Trojans went into the locker room up 32-22.

The 3rd quarter began the same way as the 1st half, with the Trojans extending their lead to as many as 18 points. However, the Warriors kept themselves in the game with their up-tempo style of play and hot outside shooting, as they connected on 8 3-point baskets in the 2nd half.

The game remained tight until the very end, as the Warriors had possession of the ball in the final minute, with the Trojans leading 61-60. Junior Chris Brooks made the play of the game, coming up with a great steal and making both free throws to extend the lead to 63-60, which would be the final score of the game.  

The Trojans were led on the night by Michael Thomas and Matthew Owens, each scoring 18 points, and Brandon Orange, who contributed 8 points and 13 rebounds.

After Tuesday, the team began preparing for an away game vs. the Knights of Chicago Christian.  As with a lot of rivalry games, Friday night was filled with lead changes, late game drama, and multiple players making big plays! The Trojans stayed together throughout the game, playing spectacular team defense to keep themselves in the game by holding Chicago Christian to just 32% shooting on the night. Justin Baez and Chris Brooks played great defense all game on the Knights leading the scorer, holding him to just 10 points; half of his season average.

With the team down 2 in the final minute of regulation, senior Ty Merrick drove the lane, converting his lay-up while getting fouled in the process.  Ty calmly stepped to the line and completed his 3-point play to put the Trojans ahead by 1, 50-49. The game came down to one final play, as the Knights had the ball under their own basket with 7 seconds left on the clock.  Chicago Christian got the look it wanted, but stellar post defense by Merrick denied the Knights from making the game winning basket, and the Trojans prevailed 50-49. For the game, Matthew Owens led the scoring with 16 points, Brandon Orange secured another double-double, with a 14 point, 13 rebound effort, and Michael Thomas chipped in 11 points.

The team now stands at 15-4, 7-0 in the MSC Red going into another 3 game week. On Tuesday, the Trojans look to revenge an early season loss to Westmont in the WAC with 7:30 tip-off. On Friday the Trojans travel to Walter Christian to take on the Broncos, and then turn around on Saturday evening for a 6 pm tip-off against Peoria Christian in the WAC. The team would like to thank all the fans who traveled to Palos Heights on Friday and hope to see many of you again this week!

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