Girls Basketball Conference Championship Preview

IMG_1352When the girls basketball team travels to Lawrence North for tonight’s game, they won’t just be playing their last conference game of the season. They will be playing for a conference championship, an honor senior Bri Gliesmann knows would give this team confidence heading into the post-season. “Winning conference would mean a lot to us,” Gliesmann said. “It would mean that we are able to play with and even beat the top teams in the state.” But, for a third year in a row, Center Grove’s shot at the title comes down to the last conference game of the season. Two years ago, the Trojans lost to LN 57-62 in overtime and fell 63-78 last season. Lawrence North has won the past nine meetings between the schools, but the Trojans hope to end that streak tonight. “A couple challenges are knowingin the back of our minds that theyare stronger and more athletic than us,” Gliesmann said.IMG_1108 (1) That strength and athleticism has resulted in a perfect 19-0 start for the Wildcats. “ I think that they are the most athletic team in the state,” Sanders said. “They’ve got size and strength and quickness. Once they get into the paint, they are just really good. They are also really defensively quick and they can force turnovers extremely well.” However, Gliesmann knows that the team has what it takes to win the school’s first conference title in girls basketball since 2006. “We can win this game if we just think about ourselves and think about each other and don’t get down on ourselves,” Gliesmann said. We cannot worry about what they are going to do.” With post-season play less than two weeks away, CG hopes to use this game as a measuring stick. “If we beat them, or hang with them, it will give us the confidence we need to tell us that we can beat the top teams, like Bedford North Lawrence or Columbus North,” Gliesmann said. For Coach Shawn Sanders, a victory tonight would be one for the record books, as the girls basketball team has only won the conference title three other times. “Winning this game will give us the confidence we need to keep pushing forward in the post-season because we only have two more games until sectionals,” Sanders said. Winning this game will also give CG something they have been working for all season: a conference title.