Girls basketball looking to finish top in conference

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The 2016-2017 girls basketball team

Haley McCoy, Editorials Editor

This season, Belvidere North girls basketball is looking to improve upon their fifth place conference finish from one year ago.

     Six key players graduated in 2016, including Belvidere North’s all-time leading scorer, Taylor Martocci. The team brings back a trio of three-year varsity athletes and have found supplementary players in the upcoming juniors and underclassmen. Coach Aaron Leonard is heading into his fourth season as head coach with new assistant coaches in Mr. Jeff Beck and Mr. Tyler Rieches. With experience in the form of three senior captains, the team is off to a steady start.

     Taking fourth place at a Thanksgiving tournament in Burlington Central, the team won two ganes over Marengo and Rockford Guilford. The team lost the following two games by a combined total of four points to Burlington Central and Elgin Larkin. Alicia Limones (‘17) and Brianna Lake (‘19) have led the team in scoring this season with strong showings in all seven games thus far.

     Conference season began for the team with a resounding win against Jefferson. Haley McCoy (‘17) and Peyton Flynn (‘18) stepped up with outstanding defensive performances. The team then fell to a Rockton Hononegah team that was won conference seven years in a row. The next week Belvidere North defeated Machesney Park Harlem by a score of 52-36, with Emily Kamepfer (‘17) scoring 11 points coming off a torn ligament and Lake matching her number.

     The team will travel to Rockford Guilford to face the team in a conference match-up for the first time this season on Dec 9. Having defeated Guilford handily once already this season, the game looks to be a close, hard-fought contest. The team is currently fourth in conference and is looking to form a lead over the middle of the pack early in the season. A calendar month will pass before the team will play their next home game, so this section of the schedule is pivotal.

     Experience and defense will lead girls basketball through the season as they play through a difficult and evenly-matched conference schedule.