Cary-Grove Girls' Win 20th Game of Season Over C-L South
Trojans get to 20 wins for fourth straight year with 61-27 victory over Gators
Wednesday night’s girls’ basketball Fox Valley Conference Valley Division battle between Cary-Grove and Crystal Lake South saw two teams on the complete different end of the spectrum, record-wise.
The Trojans got a complete effort from start to finish and won their 20th game of the season, defeating the Gators 61-27.
It is the fourth straight year Cary has reached the 20-win mark. C-G (20-3, 7-0) scored the first four points of the game and 11 of the first 13 in opening up an early lead and led 18-7 after one quarter of play.
South (2-19, 0-7) tried to get back into the game, scoring the first five points of the second quarter to pull within six but could get no closer as Cary responded with a 6-0 run of their own to retake a 12-point advantage and would lead 28-16 at halftime.
The Trojans ended any doubt of a comeback by outscoring South 22-3 in the third quarter and would coast to the win. Claire Jakubicek led Cary with 23 points, 11 of which came in the first quarter while Johanna Geegan added 14.
Geegan said that it was just one of those nights shooting.
“I didn’t even realize I scored that many points,” Geegan said. “I guess I was feeling it tonight a little more than usual so it was nice.”
Cary coach Rod Saffert said that there are always things to work on.
“No one was that happy at halftime, we weren’t questioning the desire, we were just not executing,” Saffert said. “We got people coming up on the back of the press and getting the ball while we are busting tail on the front. We know we can’t do that and we didn’t do that in the third quarter.”
Saffert added that with the 20th win, the team’s goals are all still reachable.
“The goal is intact and we still want to achieve the goals that we have so we’re going to go after them.,” Saffert said.
Brittany Pittas scored 11 points to lead South for the game and South coach Kyle McCaughn said that his team has become better and better as the season wears on.
“We got great kids in that locker room who work their butts off every night that try to get better,” McCaughn said. “If you watched us from game one to tonight, we’re a lot better and the scoreboard doesn’t have to show that. It’s obvious we’re a better team and it shows by how hard we work.”
Cary will look to stay undefeated in divisional play with a Saturday matinee versus McHenry at 2:30 p.m. while South gets right back on the court at home with a Thursday night non-conference battle against Hampshire at 7 p.m.