Women’s basketball capatalizes on size, speed to win games

Breck Murphy, Staff Reporter

After starting their season with an overall record of 10-3, the South women’s basketball team is looking to make an impact with their height, according to senior captain Lindsey Oldshue. This year, all five starters are at least six feet tall.

“Our biggest threat this year is our height, and we really need to take advantage of it,” senior captain Molly McDonagh said.

Adding to the advantage of their height, the girls have some speed over other teams, according to Oldshue.

“We are a little bit faster than some of the other taller girls on other teams, so we can really push the ball and get it inside,” Oldshue said.

The team came in second in their season-opening tournament, where they lost to three-time state champions Montini in the tournament championship.

In order to get to the championship, the team had to beat what head coach Steve Weissenstein considers to be a tough Wheaton Warrenville South squad.

“To start the season, [Wheaton Warrenville South] was ranked sixth in the [Chicago] Sun-Times,” Weissenstein said. “It just shows that we can be a good team; that we’re able to beat a team like that.”

According to Weissenstein, the team played very well, and it was a good tournament overall.

The team has experienced mixed results in CSL play so far. Despite falling to Evanston in their first conference match 41-37 on Nov. 30, the Titans bounced back, beating Waukegan 59-24 on Dec. 4 and New Trier 54-32 on Dec. 7. The team then played a non-conference game Dec. 18 against Hersey, which they lost by a score of 37-32.

According to Weissenstein, the loss to Evanston was a good learning experience for the Lady Titans.

“[The Evanston game] has taught us some things, and we’ve tried to tweak some things to get us better from the things we learned in that game,” Weissenstein said.

Both captains agree that the team’s immediate goal is winning the conference title.

“There is a lot of great competition in our conference, but we have five capable players on the court and not just one star that we depend on,” McDonagh said.

According to Weissenstein, their conference is always one of the best in state, and it is always an exciting time during the conference season.

Although the team has had a successful start, Oldshue, McDonagh and Weissenstein agree that the team has a few key components to work on that will aid the team even more. According to McDonagh, limiting turnovers has become a priority for the team this year.

“In the tournament we did some things [poorly], but then we work on those things in practice, and hopefully the next game will take care of those errors,” Weissenstein said.

Overall, Weissenstein believes that the team’s ultimate goal should be to improve day in and day out, which he believes is the key to winning later on.

“What I always tell our girls is that we’ve just got to get better every day,” Weissenstein said. “If you get better every day, the wins take care of themselves.”

The Lady Titans last played Dec. 20 against Libertyville, a game that occurred after The Oraclewent to press. They will continue their season Jan. 4 against conference rival Niles West. Their season extends through their regular season finale Feb. 2, after which they will begin postseaon play.