Basketball Season Ends; Excitement for Future Builds

Henry Pollock As the winter comes to a close (we hope), Latin’s Varsity Boys and Girls basketball seasons have finished as well. While both teams had exciting years, the Girls team was more successful on the whole than the Boys. 2012-13 ISL champions, Latin’s Girls Varsity had, in the words of junior Lizzie Marks, “a very strong season.” The team has become so dominant in recent years that they were moved up a class to the 3A level. As a result of this change, the girls faced many tougher opponents throughout the season. New opponents like St. Viator, Al Raby, and Taft High School provided challenges to the Romans, challenges the Romans fought through with wins of 52-44, 50-45, and 41-35, respectively. The finale of their season was their regional final played against Chicago Westinghouse. While the game started off very competitive, the Romans’ inexperience at the 3A level eventually proved too much to overcome and the game finished with the Romans losing 64-38. With a year of 3A play under their belt, in addition to four returning starters, the ream is primed for next year. With the added experience, Marks said the team “will be prepared for all of [their] games” and have an even better season. The Boys Varsity team, on the other hand, had a season with many ups and downs. Finishing with an overall record of 11 wins and 13 losses, Julian Passman, a junior point guard characterized the season as a “disappointment.” With flashes of brilliance like their commanding 54-45 win over Parker at Loyola’s Gentile Arena, the team saw their high potential but ultimately failed to consistently perform at that level. While many players believe they could have played better, their season was still one to be proud of. Big wins against Christian Liberty, St. Benedict, and Elgin were some of their highlights. With many seniors graduating, Passman believes the underclassmen have a “big role to fill next year.” He remains optimistic and is excited for the 2013-14 season, a season he hopes will be filled with continued success.]]>