Girls basketball wins with strong defense


Junior Grace Gertner (middle) passes during a game against New Trier on Dec. 6. Glenbrook North won 54-40 and as of Dec. 8, the team has an overall record of 7-1 and 2-1 in conference. Photo by Jada Glazebrook.

In the final minutes of the championship of the Maine East Thanksgiving Tournament against Taft on Nov. 22, senior Bryce Wolf had a rush of emotions when she realized that the team would win the tournament for the second year in a row. 

“[The win] was a very big accomplishment for the team because we weren’t supposed to win,” said Wolf. “In everyone else’s eyes, we weren’t supposed to win, but we still did.”

The team won 32-16 against Taft.  

On Dec. 6, the team beat New Trier for the second year in a row with a score of 54-40. 

As of Dec. 8, the team has a record of 7-1 and has a conference record of 2-1. Wolf averages 9.9 points per game and freshman Kaya Schneider averages 2.8 steals per game.

The team has great depth this year, head coach Nick Capalbo said.

“We have starters, but we [also] have about five girls come off the bench,” said Capalbo. “Everybody can play on our team, so there is going to be a lot of opportunity for people.” 

According to junior Cait Ethen, the team is very good at defense but needs to shoot more consistently because there is not one person that can be relied on to score all of the team’s points.

There are seven seniors on the team, and four of them have been on varsity for three years. 

“[The seniors] really understand the program,” said Capalbo. “They are really close seniors, so I am excited that we have that leadership group.”

According to Wolf, Capalbo has incorporated conditioning drills into practices that include both running and working on skills.

“I remember telling coach Capalbo before the season started that we need to run, because if we’re not going to be the most skilled team, then we need to be the most in shape,” said Wolf. “Let’s just say, he’s owned up to making us run.”

Wolf has verbally committed to play basketball at Oakton Community College next year. 

“The team so far has shown to be selfless,” said Wolf. “No one’s really a ball hog. Also, nobody on the team puts their head down if something goes wrong. We’re very mentally tough.”