DESPITE LOSS OF SENIOR LEADERSHIP, MUSTANGS THRIVE

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The girls basketball team has started off their season with a record of 6-2, and it looks like it could be another great season for the Mustangs.

“The season is going really well,” senior Jamie Berry said. “We are doing definitely doing better than anyone expected to, which is exciting.”

Starters for the team include sophomores Kyra Spiwak (guard) and Katherine Nolan (center), juniors Hannah Mickey (forward) and Megan King (guard) and senior Jamie Berry (guard).

“The team this year compared to last year isn’t really different,” Berry said. “We’re friends off the court, and like last year…we still have the same goals and work

ethic.” In the last three games, the Mustangs have gone 2-1.

They won against Elk Grove 65-49, with King scoring 21 points.

“I felt really good in the game versus Elk Grove,” King said. “My shots were falling, and my teammates were finding me in transition and driving to the basket to get me more open.”

The Mustangs had a tough overtime loss against Wheeling, 53-57, but came back the next game and won against Vernon Hills, 42-33.

“I think this season will continue to get better if we work hard in practice and hopefully pay off as the season goes on,” Berry said. “My personal goals for this season are similar to the teams goals. We all want to win the East Division and win the Regional title.”

Berry has been enoying her position as a leader to the younger players.

“As a senior and a leader on the team, I just try to make sure everyone is working hard and still having fun,” Berry said.

Spiwak, King and Nolan lead the team in field goal percentage. Spiwak and Berry have the most assists per game, with Spiwak averaging 4.3 and Berry averaging 3.2. Campagna has the highest number of steals per game averaging, 2.2 per game.

Other stats include Nolan with an average of 0.6 blocks a game and Mickey comes in a close second, averaging 0.3 per game.

“We have a great deal of talent, and the players are coachable, so we will get better as the season continues,” Head Coach Ryan DOUBLE TEAM: The Mustangs played hard but lost last Thursday to Wheeling 52-57. Kirkorsky said. “This year’s group has bought into our process

and has exceeded the expectations of many in the early going.” Kirkorsky believes that, despite some losses early in the season and graduating nearly the entire team last year, the girls

will be successful this season. “I am excited about where we are headed right now” Kirkorsky

said. “We just ask our players to improve each day.” A new idea called SCHAPE was implented in the girls basketball program this season and is an acronym that identifies many aspects of play that people otherwise look past. SCHAPE stands for Spirit, Communication, Hustle, Approach, Precision,

and Enhance. When the coach says “SCHAPE it up,” for example, it serves

as a reminder for the team to work on improving their play within the guidelines of SCHAPE and helps them to practice at a higher level. “SCHAPE-ing” has helped all of the players to improve their play which has ultimately led to their great success on the court.

The girls basketball team’s next game is today, against Hersey at home. The girls play at 7:30 p.m., and will also be competing in the Mundelein Tournament starting Monday, Dec. 22.