FLOSSMOOR | Homewood-Flossmoor played its last home game of the season with a dominant performance over Bolingbrook.
The Times No. 1 girls' basketball team controlled the game early on, not allowing a Raider to score in the first minutes of the game, and continually wore down Bolingbrook to a 69-43 win Friday night. The Vikings allowed only 16 points in the first half, and only one Raider scored double-digit points.
On the other end, the Vikings were fueled by all 12 seniors on the roster for Senior Night. The 2014 class scored a combined 48 points, and Destiny Harris led the team with 12 points.
"Hopefully, the seniors enjoyed it. It is coming down to the end for them so it was nice to be able to go with them and enjoy their last home game," said H-F head coach Anthony Smith.
"Everybody worked hard and all the seniors got involved – that was the best part, plus the win," said senior Kristen Moore
With the win over Bolingbrook, the Vikings (18-2)(12-0) are guaranteed at least a share of the South Suburban Conference title, but neither Smith nor his players are planning on resting on their laurels.
"We worked pretty hard for the spot we are in," said Amarah Coleman.
"It feels good being able to hold a (playoff) spot and know where we stand in the conference, but we're not content."
Both Coleman and Faith Suggs saw extended bench time after getting in foul trouble with the game out of reach. However, the team didn't lose a step with multiple players coming off the bench.
"That is what is nice about this team being 17-deep," Smith said. "When one kid is having an off day, we have a sub waiting to go or if someone is in foul trouble, we have a kid ready to go."
The blowout win over Bolingbrook is not unfamiliar for the Vikings this year. In fact, since the start of 2014, the team has won every game by a double-digit margin.
"You have games that are not really close and kids pick up bad habits," Smith said. "Hopefully they understand and we as a staff have to keep preaching playoff time is one and done and we have to know that and be ready to play every game."
The Vikings still have Sandburg and Lincoln-Way East to close out the regular season.
Prior to the game, the team had a surprise guest visit the school. Chicago Sky player and 2013 WNBA rookie of the year Elena Delle Donne was named a global ambassador for the Special Olympics and officially received the title at Homewood-Flossmoor.
"She spoke to us a little bit and told us to play hard," Harris said.
"We asked her to come to the game, but she had somewhere else to go."