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Mundelein Wednesday 12.26.12. Mundelein's Becca Woit dribbles the ball during their game against Vernon Hills on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in Mundelein. | Buzz Orr~Sun-Times Media
There was Becca Woit Saturday night, bubbly and cheerful, a smile stretched across her face even after Mundelein squandered a cushy 14-4 first-quarter lead en route to a disappointing 44-32 loss to Crystal Lake South.
It’s not that the Mustangs’ senior guard doesn’t care whether her team wins or loses. She’s just always — relentlessly — positive.
“She’s really enthusiastic, even when you mess up,” junior guard Lauren Rouse said. “She’s always picking people up and she’s never negative.”
There were a lot of people messing up against the Gators.
Coach Brian Evans had a laundry list of complaints after his team dropped to 2-7 on the year. Woit, however, was not one of them.
“She provides that leadership we’re looking for, especially off the court,” Evans said. “We got a young team and they look at her, so as she goes, we go. If she’s having a good game, we’re usually having a good game. But if she’s having a good game, sometimes we don’t.”
Saturday it was the latter. After that 14-point first quarter, the Mustangs only scraped together a handful of buckets the rest of the way and finished with 32 points. Woit, who poured in 12 via an array well-placed midrange jumpers, was the only player who mustered any sort of offense.
If there was ever a time to get discouraged by her team’s play, this was it. But Woit brushed that notion off with a bright smile.
“When someone makes a mistake, they already have a ton of negative thoughts going through their head,” Woit said. “The most you can do is be like, ‘Hey, you got the next one,’ because that will get them to forget about it and go on to the next play. So that’s what I try to do every game.”
As a third-year varsity player, Woit has experienced quite a bit of tumult and change. Dozens of players have come and gone, and the team identity has morphed. All the while, precious wins have been hard to come by.
“I have the most varsity experience so when things get bad people look at me like, ‘OK, what do we do to get back in it?’ ” Woit said. “I’ve seen our team in different aspects and our team change over the years, so at each point of the game, I know how we should handle it.”