Girls Basketball Notebook: Romeoville aiming for conference title
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media January 14, 2013 6:34PM
Updated: February 16, 2013 6:10AM
Playing as well as any team in the area, Romeoville will be tested this week with a brutal four-game stretch in just eight days.
The Spartans host Oswego East on Tuesday, visit Plainfield East on Friday and will play games at two different shootouts Saturday and Monday.
“It’s going to be an exciting week,” Romeoville coach Julio Carrasco said. “If we win those two games, we’re in the lead for the conference title. I hope we come out to play but it’s four games against quality opponents.”
Romeoville, which shared the Southwest Prairie Conference title last season with Oswego East, has lost three straight times to Plainfield East, including a one-point loss at the Montini Christmas tournament and a season-ending loss in the playoffs last season.
“We know we can play with them and beat them,” Carrasco said. “We’re not afraid and the girls are excited but we can’t look past Oswego East.”
The Spartans have featured a balanced offense with Kiera Currie, Angelica Osusky, Abby Smith and Brianna Harris leading the way.
Carrasco, however, has been most impressed with his squad’s defense.
“We’re giving up about 39 points a game and the defense has been carrying us,” Carrasco said. “Our guards have been doing a tremendous job leading the defense.”
Joliet West needs team play
With just two seniors on the roster, Joliet West coach Kevin Michaels is searching for consistency from his young squad.
“We need that one girl who can step up and score 15 points a night,” Michaels said. “We don’t have that, and we’re still learning to play as a team.”
The Tigers have a 5-11 record heading into Tuesday’s home game against Lockport.
Joliet Catholic freshman
causing a stir
Averaging 17 points per game, Joliet Catholic’s 5-foot-9 freshman guard Nicole Ekhomu already is drawing all kinds of Division I attention.
Coaches from Marquette and seven Big Ten schools were in attendance at Marian Catholic on Jan. 8 to see Ekhomu score 15 points in the Angels’ 56-44 loss.