Girls Basketball: Trevians get a chance to see how they measure up to pros
New Trier junior Colleen McConnell goes up for a basket during a varsity girls basketball game against Evanston at New Trier High Schoo. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 23, 2012 6:08AM
New Trier is breaking in a load of new players this summer, and many of them will have the chance to play the game of a lifetime before they ever suit up for varsity.
The Trevians will face rival Evanston on June 27 at Allstate Arena, following the Chicago Sky’s WNBA showdown with the Indiana Fever.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” New Trier coach Teri Rodgers said. “We are going to take advantage of the opportunity.”
Evanston coach Eliot Whitefield and the Wildkits also are excited for the chance to follow the pros.
“It’s a good idea, and it will be fun for the girls,” he said. “However much of a rivalry there is during the summer, it will be better because of this. It’s something different to do.”
While Whitefield welcomes back several starters and major contributors, Rodgers is building a new team in the offseason.
The biggest loss was Maggie Lyon, who will play at Northwestern this winter. She was a four-year member of the Trevians and will go down as one of the best in program history.
“It’s a definitely a new era,” Rodgers said.
Colleen McConnell, Isabelle Bosco and Alexa Czyzynski are three players back to the team with significant varsity experience. But McConnell, a 6-foot post player, is busy this summer with rowing.
Others to return to the Trevians are Carrie Rodman, Marisa Fear and Mary Lewis.
“It’s a new group of kids,” said Rodgers, who graduated nine seniors. “It should be fun, though. There are a lot of opportunities available, and I’ve noticed the intensity is up. The cupboard is open for us.”
New Trier was at University of Wisconsin’s team camp last week, along with CSL South powerhouse Maine South. The Trevians also are playing in leagues at Niles West and Maine West this summer.
For more information about the game, visit www.wbna.com/sky.