Now is the Time
Standing at 23-1 and pummeling opponents from all over the Midwest, the Lady Warriors will not be derailed by anyone or anything in their quest to be conference, regional, and state champions. They triumphed in the first half of the season by scoring 94 points against Maine East and beating Beaver-Dam, the standing Wisconsin state champions. They take on the East Blue Demons again in their final home game tonight at 7:30 p.m.
In their victory over Beaver-Dam, the girls won by nine, while putting 60 on the board, and snapped their opponents’ 31-game winning streak.
“Beaver-Dam was a battle, but we led the entire way and we brought it to them and set our own tempo,” head coach Kim DeMarigny said.
With wins against every team in conference and another Dundee-Crown holiday tournament trophy under their belt, things could not be looking brighter for the girls. Beating some of the best teams in Illinois so far, the girls have had only one loss this year, coming up two points short against the reigning Illinois state champions from last year, Geneva, where the Warriors went 20/70 from the field,
However, even after losing a second time, the first being in the state tournament last year, the girls are not fazed or demoralized. “We had a rough first three quarters and we started playing as if we were intimidated,” sophomore Angela Dugalic said., “If we see them again [in the state tournament] it will be a good game.”
Last Friday, the Warriors crushed Deerfield, 64-22, in another dominating performance that relied just as heavily on defensive intensity as it did shooting accuracy. “We have a lot of height which works to our advantage, and we have a few different defenses that we have practiced a lot that can throw other teams off.” junior Rachel Kent said.
With five returning starters, consisting of three seniors, a junior, and a sophomore, the girls have a mix of both youth and experience they bring to the court.
This mix allows the knowledge and experience of players to be passed down from girls with multiple years of varsity basketball. “Rachel and Angela are definitely the future of the program,” senior captain Alisa Fallon said “I think that Angela has the potential to be the best player of all time at Maine West.” With a lot of success as of now, and a lot of potential for coming years, it seems that nothing could be better for the girls program.
For some girls, however, there is some unfinished business: state.
With an abundance of wins, college-bound athletes, and all-conference players, it can be said that this is perhaps the best team to play at Maine West since the turn of the millennium. Fallon, who made it to state two years ago when she played for Trinity, said, “I know what it feels like to get down there, and I want nothing more for us than to finish with a win. Of all the teams I have been on in high school, this team by far is the best.”
Yet, even with all of the hype around the team, the girls are focused on the task at hand and are ready for the path ahead. “Our team motto this year is ‘well done is better than well said ,” ] Demarigny affirmed, and their “WD>WS” ideal has been the mindset since the preseason.
Regionals begin Feb. 13, with sectionals hosted at Maine East on Feb. 19. “Our sectionals were realigned and we definitely have the hardest sectional in the state,” senior Jessica Riedl said. “We might see Loyola and Montini, two great teams, and we will have to come out strong.”