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Looking to put last season’s disappointing 6-20 mark in the rear-view mirror, first-year Plainfield North coach Reggie Lemon wants to change things up for the Tigers.
It starts with a little Basketball 101.
“I’m trying to change their mind-set,” Lemon said. “They’ve been coming to play games and not to win games. We’re young, and our seniors have been through some rough times. It can be hard to change a mind-set.”
Lemon was the sophomore girls coach last season and got the varsity job when James Walters resigned in March.
The Tigers are halfway to last season’s win total just two weeks into the season. Lemon’s squad defeated Lincoln-Way West, Lincoln-Way Central and Chicago Christian at last week’s Lincoln-Way Central Tournament.
As far as more success in the Southwest Prairie Conference, the focus is on a three-player senior class: Kaitlyn O’Boye, Taylor Weck and returning All-Area player Carlie Corrigan. With three freshmen and two sophomores on the roster, senior leadership will be key.
“Any success we have will have to come from (the seniors),” Lemon said. “I need the young girls to come in and play hard. The seniors are the leaders of the team. If they go, we go.”
North opens conference season Tuesday at Plainfield Central.
Cattenhead chooses Illinois
Hoping to stay in the Midwest, Bolingbrook senior guard Kennedy Cattenhead recently committed to play basketball at the University of Illinois.
“I wanted to stay close to home, and that was a big thing that my family would be able to come and see me play,” Cattenhead said. “I really liked the coaches, and they were family-oriented. I wanted to play in the Big Ten also.”
The 5-foot-10 guard will join fellow Bolingbrook product Taylor Tuck next season. For now, Cattenhead is focusing on making the most of her senior year and stepping into a more prominent role on and off the court.
“With our name, we know we always have to go out and play hard,” Cattenhead said. “Everybody does their part. I think it’s going to be exciting because no one knows us really.”