Girls basketball is underway for local high schools.
The Woodstock North High School Thunder started the season with two losses in the Harvest Christian Academy varsity girls tournament, which kicked off Nov. 15. Despite the 50-33 loss to host Harvest Christian and a tight 33-31 loss to Crystal Lake Central, head coach Mike Lewis said he saw promise in WNHS’ performance.
“I was very pleased with our play,” said Lewis, who is in his eighth year as coach. “We lost to a good HCA team on their home floor.”
Finding their rhythm, the Thunder ended the tournament with consecutive wins against Freeport 53-47 and Rockford Jefferson 42-34. The wins pushed the team to a fifth-place finish in the tournament. Senior Maddie Busch was named to the all-tournament team, the first time in WNHS history a Thunder player was named to that all-tournament team.
“We want to be quick but smart,” Lewis said. “Our goal is simply to score more than the other team.”
This week, the Thunder travel to Genoa-Kingston Nov. 30 and Marengo Dec. 2 before hosting McHenry Dec. 3.
Across town, Woodstock High School varsity girls basketball coach Jen Nichols-Hogle, in her third year as coach, said her team is anticipating some changes this season as WHS and WNHS join the Kishwaukee River Conference after years in the Fox Valley Conference.
“With the change to a new conference comes change to Woodstock girls basketball,” Nichols-Hogle said. “The leaders of this team are returners with many combined years of experience.”
The Streaks opened the season with a 50-41 loss to Larkin. They dropped their next games against Prairie Ridge, Harlem and Marengo.
Top returning players for the Streaks are senior forward Gabriella Scolio and juniors point guard Autumn Overly and guard Camryn Tafoya. Key newcomers are junior guards Abby Emricson and Julia Vosburgh and freshman guard/forward Emma Brand.
“We plan to set the standards high in the new conference and compete with each team,” Hogle said. “Preseason goals include working for chemistry, enjoying the whole season — ups and downs, and competing in the top half of our conference.”
The Blue Streaks continue play this week at Harvard High School Nov. 29 before returning to WHS to host Richmond-Burton on staff appreciation night Dec. 2. On Dec. 3, they travel to Guilford High School to take on the Vikings.
The Marian Central Catholic High School girls basketball team defeated Indian Creek 53-33 Nov. 22 and is 3-2 on the season. The Lady `Canes are coached by Tony Powe.