Girls’ basketball emerges victorious in high-energy Senior Night game


Senior Sofia Rocca shoots free throw against Niles West, photo courtesy of Maya Valentine

Alexis Rogers, Assistant Sports Editor

Breaking a four-game losing streak, girls basketball took home the win in its Senior Night game against Niles West, 53-30, on Friday. Securing an early lead, ETHS showcased superior teamwork, skill and energy to grow the point difference throughout the night.

All of the team’s seniors–Sofia Rocca, Dafina Ukaj, Ivy Holub-Sanchez, Clara Gentle and Taija Banks—took to the court and each contributed to the team’s high score. Ukaj and junior Zuri Ransom were the top scorers of the night for the Kits, taking home 11 and 12 points respectively.

A standout for Niles West, senior point guard Trisha Cirineo was at times responsible for half of the Wolves’ points (12 in total, tying Ransom for the high scorer on the night) and a majority of their critical plays.

ETHS started and finished strong, with faster movement and better blocking than the less-aggressive Niles West. Junior shooting guard Kailey Starks starred, stealing possession and sinking three-pointers to loud cheers.

The lopsided win stands in contrast to the last clash between Evanston and Niles West, where the Kits barely managed a 37-36 victory on foreign turf. The dramatic victory shows the team’s improvement throughout the season, and increases their prospects for the Illinois High School Association tournament, as their record is now 4-4 in the Central Suburban League. Niles West remains 0-8 in the CSL.

Varsity cheer and JV Pomkits joined the team on the court with constant encouragement and a halftime show for spectators. Staples of the ETHS basketball game experience, cheer and Pomkits continue to energize fans at every performance.

The game also featured a celebration of teachers at halftime, as athletes walked out with impactful mentors to show their appreciation. 

The team’s next home game will be on Thursday, Jan. 25 against Butler. An away game with Glenbrook North on Jan. 27 will be ETHS’ next conference matchup.