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Haley McCoy sinks a free throw

Connor Walsh, Co Sports Editor

     The Belvidere North girls basketball team was right in the middle of the conference last year, finishing in fifth place.  Despite the loss of the all time North points leader Taylor Martocci, the team is hoping to improve on last season and make a run at a conference championship.  The team is returning five seniors from last years team Haley McCoy, Emily Kaempfer, Sophia Gutierrez, Payton Lindsay, and Alicia Limones.

     “We’ve all been working hard all offseason,” said Lindsay “Our hope is to compete for a conference championship, because we were right in the middle of it last year.”

     The team opened up the conference season on the road against Jefferson on Nov. 29.  The Thunder started off their season strong, pulling off a big opening victory, winning 49-34.  Madison Diercks (‘20) and Limones led the offence with 12 points each.  Morgan McNulty (‘18) and Brianna Lake (‘19) also had solid games, scoring seven and six points respectively.  North was led by great three point shooting, making seven in the game as a team for 21 of their 49 points.  Limones and Lake each hit two a piece.  McNulty, Diercks, and Gutierrez each hit one.     

     The team gets a huge test for their second game, taking on defending conference champions Hononegah on Dec 2.  Hononegah has dominated the conference, reeling off seven straight conference championships.  This years team may be weaker though, as they got blown out by twenty in their first conference game.   The Thunder will be taking on the Indians at home.

     “Hononegah always has a tough team,” said Lindsay “we’re ready to go out and give them a good game.”