STREAMWOOD — Bus rides to tournaments and away games, post-practice conversations and friendships made are the things that the Dundee-Crown girls basketball team members will remember most about this season.
The Chargers' (4-23) season came to an end Tuesday night at the hands of a talented Streamwood team, 47-23. Though the loss was tough on the Chargers, who were visibly upset, the players had only positive remarks about the trying four-win season.
"Going to the tournaments was awesome," said Charger Lauren Lococo, "because we got to spend a lot of time with the team and really bond and become good friends. That's what we took away from that rather than dwelling on the losses."
"It was a really good season," Emilie Michalski said. "It didn't really show up in our record but we had a lot of fun and we can look ourselves in the mirror and know we played hard each night.
"We will all have a lot of memories. Good ones."
The Chargers out-rebounded their opponent, 29-15, and won the turnover battle. Michalski was dominant again with a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with four points — all in the paint.
"We just couldn't make any shots, layups or free throws. Nothing," D-C coach Michelle Russell said. "I thought we did a good job defensively for the most part but we just didn't score tonight."
The Chargers were 10 of 45 from the floor and made 2 of 15 free-throw attempts. The Sabres were a mark better, shooting 19 of 41 while connecting on 7 of 15 from the line.
D-C came into Tuesday's game on a season-best two-game win-streak, highlighted by a big win over rival Jacobs on Monday to give them a regional berth.
"Yesterday was a big day for us," Michalski said. "We put it all on the floor yesterday and we came out flat and by the time we got it together it was too late."
The Chargers found themselves in an 11-3 hole after the first-quarter but received a spark when sophomore Jesania Laboy entered the game early in the second.
Laboy grabbed two rebounds and made a key layup to draw the game within 13-7, but that would be as close as it got. Laboy ended with a co-game-high 11 points.
"She's been playing real well for us," Russell said of Laboy. "The past couple weeks she's been a real big spark for us, getting rebounds, put-backs and making strong moves. She's only a sophomore and she's our future."