LANSING | They say winning begets winning -- and the T.F. North girls basketball team is proof of that.
Since Tim Zasada took over the program in the spring of 2005, the Meteors have enjoyed winning seasons and have become an elite program in the south suburbs.
This was supposed to be a down year and it started that way with losses to Rich Central and Times No. 1 Homewood-Flossmoor as well as to Marist and Mother McAuley.
But the team and the program is not used to losing and it refused to. Sure, there are two Division I players in Schenia Battle and Sabrina Montgomery, but the rest of the team was unproven.
There was talk that maybe this is the year T.F. South gets the best of its District 215 rival, something it hasn't done since the 2004-05 season -- the year before Zasada took over.
Not only was North's 67-48 win over South on Thursday convincing, but the Meteors are 11-0 in the South Suburban Blue with two games left. They are in control of their own destiny to win the conference. Their pressure defense did the job in the upset of Class 3A No. 1 Hillcrest on Jan. 26 and it did it again Thursday night.
"I never thought we would be undefeated in the conference, not with the way we started," North's Sharee Greenlee said. "Maybe we were trying too hard (early), but we started playing together and playing good 'D' and we have been able to put it together."
The Meteors have home games left with Bremen and Lemont on Tuesday and Thursday. The Meteors are the better team, but Zasada said there is no way his team can look past either.
"We are in control, but we have to come out and play hard," Zasada said. "We can't take anybody lightly."
But you know if they can run the table, Zasada will have a batch of wings and french fries on the table for the postgame celebration.
If you are T.F. South, you pick up the pieces from Thursday's loss and remember how you won 14 games.
"We have to have a short memory and get back to work," South's Ninah Bertrand said. "We stil got two big games left."
Yes, Monday at home against Hillcrest and Wednesday against Oak Forest.
"As long as we learned from this game and our mistakes, we will be OK," Rebels coach Steve Breshock said. "We got two big games nect week and we have to come to practice tomorrow (today) and work on the things that made us successful."
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