Like most coaches, West Chicago's Dan Vashinko has a list of goals in mind before each game and an idea of what it will take to come home with a win.
Right after knocking off a short-handed Addison Trail squad 50-38 Tuesday night in West Chicago, he rattled off a few of those goals, including holding teams to 38 or less points, rebounding well, having three players score in double figures, and scoring at least 48 points. All of those goals were achieved on the court and that's why he was not surprised to see his team notch the win.
"We have game goals that we go by, and if we make 10 out of the 15 that usually spells a win," he said. "One of those goals is we want to have three of our girls in double digits and we met that goal. Then there's rebounding and I think we did a nice job rebounding. Another one is holding teams to 38 points, and we want to score 48 points, so we did that as well."
Senior guard Sierra Koenig led the trio of Wildcats to score in double figures with 16 points, tallying eight in each half. Sofia Radice and Sam Wiegele also reached double digits as the hosts improved to 4-12 on the season with their second straight strong effort of the new year.
"I feel like we're doing good coming into the new year, we really stepped up," said Koenig, who notched a pair of baskets as West Chicago built a 16-10 lead after one quarter. "Because over Christmas break we really started falling, and now our first game after new year was against West Aurora and we played well that night. We played good again tonight so I'm hoping it will carry over."
Wiegele led all scorers with 10 points in the first half and Radice knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to go along with the point guard's solid night of ballhandling and distributing as the Wildcats led 31-23 at the half.
"There have been nights where one of us is in double digits, but it's nice to have all of us in double digits," Koenig said. "That's more scoring and that's the way to victory. It's not a one-person game. Also, Sofia gets a lot of assists. She really looks to pass inside which is a real good thing."
Maggie Culver chipped in with five of her seven points in the third quarter as West Chicago increased its lead over the Blazers to 42-29 heading into the fourth quarter.
Berenice Berumen made 8 of 11 free throws while pacing Addison Trail (6-10) with 12 points, and Serena Gilliam added 8 points.
"We didn't rebound the basketball," Blazers coach Rob Schader said. "We had two kids out, two seniors, who were on vacation, which hurt us on the boards. And we didn't play hard defensively until about the last three minutes."