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Quick read: Vikes hope Broncos are familiar foes, not foils

Geneva's Sarah Baurer (3) shows her disappointment following the team's 64-47 loss to Montini in the 4A Schaumburg Sectional final Thursday.
Geneva's Sarah Baurer (3) shows her disappointment following the team's 64-47 loss to Montini in the 4A Schaumburg Sectional final Thursday.

SCHAUMBURG – So Geneva beat Batavia twice in three tries and Batavia beat Trinity, which handed Montini one of its two losses this girls basketball season entering Thursday.

Yeah, and remember how Batavia pushed Montini ’til the last drop at the Broncos’ own Christmas tournament a couple months ago, too.

So went the reasoning that favored the Vikings at the meeting of two unfamiliar yet known commodities otherwise known as the Class 4A Schaumburg Sectional Final. Trouble for Geneva was, the transitive property of mathematics didn’t quite apply.

What stuck instead were the Broncos’ stingy pressure defense and timely 3-point shooting, which both conspired to eliminate Geneva and its bid for a third straight sectional title.

“We didn’t stop fighting until the end, which I think is great on our part,” Vikings junior post Grace Loberg said. “We kept getting closer, but then they kept scoring, too. I think we just all have to remember how this feels for next year and not let it happen again.”

That was a common refrain from a handful of not-so-bleary-eyed Vikings exiting the postgame locker room.

Geneva’s Blue Crue student section saluted the team’s eight seniors when eight seconds remained on the clock. Typically, losing such a haul of upperclassmen would stagger a program, but most of the Vikings’ seniors this season were reserves.

Forward Taylor Williams, who earned a starting spot before long behind her leadership and defensive intensity, provided the most crucial senior minutes, but four of the Vikings’ first five project to return in 2016-17.

“We’ll be back, you know,” Geneva coach Sarah Meadows said. “Our kids are competitors, and they’re going to want more next year, for sure.”

At the risk of being unpopular by going back to math class again, the odds are favorable the Vikings and Broncos will tangle in a key postseason spot next February. And possibly beyond.

Montini placed third in Class 3A last season and has won four of the past six state championships in that class. The program climbed to Class 4A in 2015-16 by virtue of the IHSA’s success factor rule for nonboundaried schools, legislation designed to level the playing field.

Don’t look now, but the supersectional-bound Broncos have won their first four Class 4A postseason games by 28, 62, 32 and 17 points.

The Vikings threatened Montini down the stretch Thursday largely behind sophomore sharpshooters Stephanie Hart, Margaret Whitley and Maddy Yelle.

“Yeah, we probably will see them again,” Broncos senior guard Tiara Wallace said. “We played a lot of 4A teams last year, so it’s not really something that’s new to us.”

Ditto for postseason success.

“We just stay focused,” Wallace said. “We buy in to what our past has done, and we try to match what they have done. We’ve got to stay focused, and we’ve just got to execute all our game plans.”

Geneva started the game by staying true to its scouting report, grabbing an 11-10 lead after one quarter.

The 6-foot-2 Loberg even won the tipoff from 6-5 Montini sophomore Lindsey Jarosinski before using her agility to beat her for a handful of early baskets in the paint.

“We knew we had to get the ball into the middle, to the free-throw line, because we had watched film and we knew that would be open,” Loberg said. “But then we kind of stopped doing that after a while and we couldn’t get anything going. We had to stay on that.”

As the night progressed and Geneva’s turnovers rose, enthusiasm started to waver. That’s something the Vikings can’t forget, either. It’s all part of the storing process for next season.

• Kevin Druley is sports editor of the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5347 or kdruley@shawmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @KevinDruley.

SCHAUMBURG – So Geneva beat Batavia twice in three tries and Batavia beat Trinity, which handed Montini one of its two losses this girls basketball season entering Thursday.

Yeah, and remember how Batavia pushed Montini ’til the last drop at the Broncos’ own Christmas tournament a couple months ago, too.

So went the reasoning that favored the Vikings at the meeting of two unfamiliar yet known commodities otherwise known as the Class 4A Schaumburg Sectional Final. Trouble for Geneva was, the transitive property of mathematics didn’t quite apply.

What stuck instead were the Broncos’ stingy pressure defense and timely 3-point shooting, which both conspired to eliminate Geneva and its bid for a third straight sectional title.

“We didn’t stop fighting until the end, which I think is great on our part,” Vikings junior post Grace Loberg said. “We kept getting closer, but then they kept scoring, too. I think we just all have to remember how this feels for next year and not let it happen again.”

That was a common refrain from a handful of not-so-bleary-eyed Vikings exiting the postgame locker room.

Geneva’s Blue Crue student section saluted the team’s eight seniors when eight seconds remained on the clock. Typically, losing such a haul of upperclassmen would stagger a program, but most of the Vikings’ seniors this season were reserves.

Forward Taylor Williams, who earned a starting spot before long behind her leadership and defensive intensity, provided the most crucial senior minutes, but four of the Vikings’ first five project to return in 2016-17.

“We’ll be back, you know,” Geneva coach Sarah Meadows said. “Our kids are competitors, and they’re going to want more next year, for sure.”

At the risk of being unpopular by going back to math class again, the odds are favorable the Vikings and Broncos will tangle in a key postseason spot next February. And possibly beyond.

Montini placed third in Class 3A last season and has won four of the past six state championships in that class. The program climbed to Class 4A in 2015-16 by virtue of the IHSA’s success factor rule for nonboundaried schools, legislation designed to level the playing field.

Don’t look now, but the supersectional-bound Broncos have won their first four Class 4A postseason games by 28, 62, 32 and 17 points.

The Vikings threatened Montini down the stretch Thursday largely behind sophomore sharpshooters Stephanie Hart, Margaret Whitley and Maddy Yelle.

“Yeah, we probably will see them again,” Broncos senior guard Tiara Wallace said. “We played a lot of 4A teams last year, so it’s not really something that’s new to us.”

Ditto for postseason success.

“We just stay focused,” Wallace said. “We buy in to what our past has done, and we try to match what they have done. We’ve got to stay focused, and we’ve just got to execute all our game plans.”

Geneva started the game by staying true to its scouting report, grabbing an 11-10 lead after one quarter.

The 6-foot-2 Loberg even won the tipoff from 6-5 Montini sophomore Lindsey Jarosinski before using her agility to beat her for a handful of early baskets in the paint.

“We knew we had to get the ball into the middle, to the free-throw line, because we had watched film and we knew that would be open,” Loberg said. “But then we kind of stopped doing that after a while and we couldn’t get anything going. We had to stay on that.”

As the night progressed and Geneva’s turnovers rose, enthusiasm started to waver. That’s something the Vikings can’t forget, either. It’s all part of the storing process for next season.

• Kevin Druley is sports editor of the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5347 or kdruley@shawmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @KevinDruley.

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