By Eva Holzl
The fan-base of the Batavia girls’ basketball games has been increasing recently. This was especially true after an entertaining and nail-biting game this past Friday against Geneva, with around 1,000 people in attendance. The Bulldogs pulled out the win after going into overtime, with a final score of 54-53.
The girls, with a current record of 21-5, started off the season by advancing to two championship games, one at the NCHS Tip-off Tournament and one at the Morton College Tournament.
Unfortunately, they fell short at both; however, then went on to beat Naperville Central in their last game of the NCHS Tip-off Tournament, winning by 25. “Batavia dominates third quarter in win over Naperville Central,” says Jared Birchfield.
One big game they played was against William Fremd High School in the Morton College Tournament. The game was neck and neck the whole time. The aggressiveness that came from both teams was entertaining, and exciting.
One exciting accomplishment this season came from Colorado State commit Brooke Carlson, who reached 2,000 career points during the most recent game against Wheaton North. They also had the opportunity to travel to Florida and face hard competition from different teams across the country.
With only two weeks left in the regular season, the Bulldogs are looking to achieve their goals for the upcoming postseason (playoffs).
“One big goal of ours this year is to play for each other,” said head coach Kevin Jensen.
With the Bulldogs successes this season has also come with losses. Those losses included Kenwood Academy, Geneva (12/15/23), Alton, CPCAN (Florida), and Loyola Academy. There have also been many exciting games that have come down to one or two points. These were against St. Charles East (2 points), Geneva (1 point), Homewood Flossmoor (1 point), and Montini Catholic (1 point).
They have also traveled to many different tournaments. These include the Naperville Central tournament where they won five out of six games; the Chicagoland invitational showcase where they played and won one game; the Morton College Christmas tournament, winning three out of four games; and the New Years Classic games down in Florida, winning one out of two games. Their last regular season game is at home against Burlington Central, which then sends them into the playoffs.
The Girls basketball team this year has started the season strong and hopes to end the season strong.