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BOLINGBROOK, Ill. (CBS) – The ladies basketball team at Bolingbrook High School – led by Connecticut-bound Morgan Tuck – is going for its fourth consecutive state title.
CBS 2’s Megan Mawicke reports on the Raiders’ domination.
A few years ago, head coach Tony Smith’s Raiders boasted six girls who earned Division One basketball scholarships. This year, the unthinkable happened when eight girls are headed to D-1 to play.
“A lot of people are really surprised. (They say) ‘You have eight people going? I mean, you don’t usually hear of eight people going from one team. Football you may have a lot of people, but a basketball team where eight of the 11 people are all going and where all the seniors are going to Division One,” said Tuck, who will be joining the Connecticut Huskies after graduating high school.
What do people say to that?
“They say Bolingbrook is loaded and it’s true we are,” says Bolingbrook head coach Tony Smith.
Bolingbrook has a big lineup. Five girls are over 6 feet tall.
They’re also steamrolling over opponents and ranked as high as 4th in the country because of their tenacious trademark defense.
“Definitely defense, but everybody brings a different skill set and we just try to put all the pieces of the puzzle together and make it work,” says DaLacy Anderson, a George Washington recruit.
How do they divide up the playing time between eight D-1 girls?
“It’s just everybody gets pretty much the same playing time,” adds Penn recruit Keierra Ray.
A lot of victories, conference championships and tournament wins. That’s all great but these girls have only one goal in mind – to become the first girls team in Illinois history to win four straight state titles.
“It’s always on your mind but we can’t let that get to us. We go out there and play as if we have not won a game or won a state championship,” adds Ray.
“Keep them hungry, motivated, humble too, so that were not going to talk about past ones, those are past and gone. We talk about what we can be done today,” said Smith
Can Tuck imagine going off to UConn next year as four-time state champs?
“I can, I want to, I hope that happens, that’s the plan,” she said.
Smith demands his players have a 3.0 grade point average or better to play. That’s not a school rule, that’s his rule.