Girls basketball takes second at tournament

With the winter sports season in full swing, the girls basketball team looks to continue their success after a change in offensive strategies.

The girls had recent success within the Mundelein Thanksgiving tournament, held through Nov. 16 through 21, winning four of their five games, losing in the championship to Glenbrook South.
“[We] lost a hard game in the championship to a phenomenal team, Glenbrook South. These last few games we have worked so well as a team, and our defense is leading us to score on offense. We will continue our success by working hard in practice and always pushing ourselves to get better,” said junior starter Sidney Lovitsch.
This season, the team has implemented a new offense that aims to focus on players’ individual talents and working together.
“We’re trying new things on the offense end; we’ve made some changes based on the type of players we have. We’re hoping that it will allow the players to show their strengths more and hopefully that turns to more wins for us,” said varsity head coach Rob Nicoletti.
The team has a lot of experience and talent returning from last year, giving them an opportunity to achieve greatness.
“Sidney Lovitsch was one of our captains last year, and she was an all conference player, so it’s nice to have her back. Abbey Stinner was a real leader for the team, someone who the girls really respond and listen to. We’re really hoping Brandi [Thibeaux] has a good year. She had a really good year as a freshman, and I’m looking for her to take another step as a sophomore too,” Nicoletti said.
In order to accomplish a lot for the program, the girls have set goals not only for the team, but individually as well.
“Our goals as a team this year are to be able to run our offense without overthinking. Individually, my goal is to be able to motivate the team to come together as one, especially during tough game situations,” said senior starter Abbey Stinner.
The girls look forward to competing in key games throughout the season, along with the annual tournament over the long Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.
“This year, I am looking forward to being able to play our rivalry game this year against Grayslake Central and when the boys and girls basketball teams go to Washington, IL, for a tournament,” Lovitsch said.