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2017 Kane County Chronicle Best of the Fox

High school girls basketball: Many memorable firsts part of Geneva championship

Published: Thursday, March 9, 2017 3:30 p.m. CDT
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Geneva's Margaret Whitley (left) and Emily Uplegger react after the Vikings topped Edwardsville in the Class 4A state championship game March 4. Whitley's sisters Taylor Whitley and Kelly Whitley were part of Geneva's team that placed fourth at state in 2009.
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Head coach Sarah Meadows tries to calm her team during a break in the action March 4 during the Class 4A state championship game against Edwardsville. Meadows was an assistant coach when Geneva placed fourth in 2009 and was head coach for another fourth place finish in 2014.
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Grace Loberg dribbles toward the basketball March 4 during the Class 4A state championship game against Edwardsville. Loberg had a well-rounded game with 17 points, nine rebounds, four steals and a block in the Vikings' 41-40 win.
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Despite defensive pressure from Edwardsville's Makenzie Silvey, Geneva's Maddy Yelle powers her way into the paint March 4 during the Class 4A state championship game. Yelle had five points, two rebounds and a steal as the Vikings claimed their first title with a 41-40 win.

NORMAL – A memorable first came with a few other firsts for Geneva’s girls basketball team.

A 41-40 win against Edwardsville in the Class 4A state championship game March 4 at Redbird Arena gave the Vikings their first girls basketball state title.

In addition to that first, a 34-33 win against Fremd in a state semifinal March 3 was the first time Geneva had won a game at state.

The Vikings have claimed 21 of their 24 postseason plaques, including all three state trophies, since the 2008-09 season.

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