The LaSalle Academy girls’ basketball team captured its third consecutive state title Sunday afternoon, defeating Barrington 62-29 in the state D-I finals.
The Rams lead Barrington every step of the way, opening up as much as a 17 point lead in the first half.
Barrington pulled within 11 early in the second half but never got within single digits of LaSalle. Barrington scored its fewest points of any game this season while surrendering its second-highest point total of the year. The game stood in stark contrast to a previous meeting between the two teams earlier this year in Barrington, when the Eagles beat LaSalle by 10.
“I really wish we could have competed today at the level I know we’re capable of,” said head coach Stephen Lenz.
“I think we’re capable of doing a lot better than what we did out on the floor today. Some of that had to do with LaSalle was doing and some that was us just not showing up and playing our best basketball.”
Senior guard Caitlyn Nolan, one of three team captains, lead Barrington with 10 points. She said the effort wasn’t indicative of the Eagles’ season.
“We just platted with a lot of nerves and we were never able to overcome that.”
Nolan added there season as a whole, however, was a big accomplishment for the team. Sunday was the first Barrington ever competed for a girls’ D-I state basketball title.
“These girls are like my family,” Nolan said.
“We’ll stay in touch but it definitely won’t be the same.”
Senior guard Caroline Coleman, another captain, also played her final game for the Eagles on Sunday. She said the team played hard, everyone tried their best and in the end, that’s all you can ask for. Like Nolan. Coleman also had plenty of praise for her teammates.
“Being a captain of this team is one of the greatest things in my life. I’m going to remember these girls for the rest of my life. This experience is just so overwhelming,”: she said.
“If it wasn’t for these girls I wouldn’t be standing here … I’m just so proud we got here. Even though it’s not the way we wanted it to be I wouldn’t trade one of htrese girls for LaSalle. I wouldn’t trade any of them. You can’t ask for a better team.”
Nolan and junior forward Maura Kelty were both selected to the all tournament team.
Priscilla Dunphy was also picked. The Barrington native capped her career at LaSalle with 17 points.
“I think we just all came in with the same mentality – we have to go out and play hard,” Dunphy said after the game.