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Sophia Schiappa
Seniors Amelia Lavorato (left) and Amerie Flowers (right) pose in the Hinsdale South gymnasium before their first game against Oswego East.

The pounding of basketballs and screech of shoes against the hardwood ring out through the gym as the Hinsdale South Girls’ Basketball program gears up for their season. 

Prior to the season, many players put in hours of off-season work to prepare for tryouts and their first practice. 

“For the first 3 months before our season started, I was scrimmaging and working out with Hinsdale South’s boys’ team,” said senior Amerie Flowers. “[This] not only helped me get physically stronger, but mentally prepared me too.”

Tryouts rolled around and this year’s Varsity and Junior Varsity Hornet Basketball teams were fielded. Although the program went from three teams to two, they still have a strong varsity squad with 2 returning seniors that have been rostered on varsity for 4 years.

Team practices began immediately following tryouts in preparation for the first game. The team does specific drills every day to improve their game in different areas.

“For example after doing regular stretches we end warm ups with defense drills that involve chopping our feet, moving our hands, and being vocal,” said Flowers.

The hard work of the players was showcased in their first game of the season against Oswego East which they won in a 55-42 victory. The Hornets also won handily in their first game of the annual Brenda Whitesell Tournament against the Mustangs out of Metea Valley 54-35. 

Now midway through their first tournament, South still has a long season ahead of them. 

“What I’m looking forward to this season is feeling and knowing that this is Hinsdale South Girls Basketball’s year. It’s our time,” Flowers remarked. 

With the preparation many players have done before the season and during team practices, there is hope that the Hornets will repeat their success from 2022-2023 and have another winning season.

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Annika Nicol, Sports Editor
Senior Annika Nicol is the Sports Editor on Stinger and is in her fourth year on the Stinger staff. She competed in the IHSA State Journalism series in 2022 and 2023, placing second in sectionals in the Sports Writing category. She also plays softball and golf for South, and is involved in Key Club, Peer Leadership Network, and Future Healthcare Professionals. Outside of school, she likes to make random crafts and watch the Friends Series. A fun fact about Annika is that she has never drank soda.  
Sophia Schiappa, Photography Editor
Senior Sophia Schiappa is the Photography Editor and is in her third year on Stinger. She is a member of Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Team and also contributes to the yearbook, Vespa, at Hinsdale South. When home, she enjoys listening to music and playing with her dogs.

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