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February 13, 2012
Richmond Burton High School

Class 3A Postseason Preview:

Rockets running hot at right time

by Ross Jacobson


Healthy RB has won 10 of 11 as regionals begin: Around Christmas break, Richmond-Burton coach Melanie Hinz found herself as concerned with her team’s health as their overall play.

With a number of players sick and missing time because of the flu, it was a challenge for the Rockets to find any sort of consistency.

“We didn’t know who was going to be here and who wasn’t going to be here,” Hinz said. “One day my starting five would be one group, and the next day would be another group. It was just constantly changing, so we didn’t have any flow.”

Steadiness has been anything but an issue in the second half of the season for R-B, which won its final nine games in the Big Northern Conference East Division and shared the conference title with Marengo. It was the Rockets’ first conference championship since 1994.

Despite the long title drought, Hinz had a good feeling about this team at the start of the season. It helped that perennial power Hampshire moved out of the BNC East and into the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division this season.

“We did, from the get-go, think we did have a great chance,” Hinz said. “That was one of our team goals, to win conference this year.”

R-B has been led by point guard Erin Thomas, who is committed to play at Loyola of Chicago next year. Thomas has been the area’s leading scorer all season, and had a string of 30-point games in January.

Yet, it’s her toughness that will have to be on display in the postseason. The senior sprained her left thumb in
R-B’s win against Marengo in late January and has missed the past three games after twisting her ankle near the end of practice almost two weeks ago.

Without Thomas, R-B still managed to clinch the conference title against North Boone and has had big efforts from juniors Alex Callanan and Andrea Fox.

“They’re both just great players, and they are huge assets to our team,” Thomas said. “Andrea’s post moves down low have gotten so much better, and Alex is just an all-around great player.”

R-B is the No. 2 seed in the IHSA Class 3A Mundelein Regional and will face Regina Dominican on Tuesday night in the semifinals. Thomas plans to be in the lineup, and she’s confident that the Rockets can accomplish their second goal of a regional championship.

With a 10-1 record in their past 11 games, R-B looks to have recovered pretty well.

“We just have to keep playing the way we’re playing and sticking to our game plan,” Thomas said. “If we come out and work hard for all four quarters and give it our all, we’ll be able to meet that goal.” (NWHerald 2/13/12)

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