Rarely are SAC girls basketball teams not preparing for a regional, while also celebrating the accomplishments of the regular season with the announcement of the All-SAC team.
How rare? Well, it had never happened until Saturday.
Since the IHSAA began a girls basketball tournament in 1975-76, at least one SAC team had won a sectional championship every year. The streak ended Saturday when Concordia and South Side lost in sectional title games to Class 3A No. 3 Garrett and 4A No. 4 Homestead, respectively.
The SAC coaches selected the 2013-14 All-SAC teams Sunday and announced the team Monday. Conference champion Concordia, Bishop Luers, Snider and South Side each had two players selected to the 12-player first team.
Definitely you would trade the two out, Concordia coach Dave Miller said of winning SAC and sectional titles. It’s a good conference, so to win the league championship is pretty exciting. But you start out the season also looking at the ultimate thing is come out of sectionals.
There are some awfully good teams around. For South Side to come out of that sectional (with Homestead there) would have been fantastic, and the same for us with (the field at Garrett) being a tough sectional. When you look at those things, it becomes a little more understandable.
Concordia’s Courtney Smith and DeJour Young, Bishop Luers’ Addie Reimbold and Allison Butler, South Side’s Brittni Clopton and Lakeesha Stephens and Snider’s Kiersten Eley and Deja Wimby were first-team selections. Bishop Dwenger’s Greta Winkeljohn, Northrop’s Aleah Swary, North Side’s Sierra Miranda and Wayne’s Carmen James rounded out the first team.
Getting an SAC team into regionals was hindered with Luers, which had dominated 2A over the years, moving up to 3A this year. The Knights were eliminated by Concordia at the Garrett Sectional.
It wasn’t going to be a chance that both Luers and we had a chance to come out this year because we got thrown into the same sectional and same class, Miller said. That at least took one of us out of the mix.
Concordia also knocked off another SAC foe, Bishop Dwenger, at the Garrett Sectional. Snider, Northrop, North Side all were also in the same sectional at Northrop; while South Side and Wayne were in the field at South Side.
Bishop Luers leads SAC schools with 20 sectional titles, while Snider has 12, Northrop 11, Bishop Dwenger nine, Concordia seven, South Side six, North Side two and Wayne one. Elmhurst and Harding, which are both closed, also won six titles.
The closest the SAC came to winning a sectional this year was Carroll and Homestead, two future SAC teams, each earning titles. Those schools join the SAC in 2015.