The Barrington Fillies girls basketball team is starting to get it.
Even without forward Emily Harris for most of the first half due to foul trouble, the visiting Fillies erupted for a 15-point second quarter on the way to a 40-24 victory Tuesday night over Mid-Suburban West rival Conant.
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"(The team) is moving in the same direction," said Barrington coach Babbi Barreiro. "They each understand their role and they contribute."
Nine Fillies scored, but none had more than 8 points.
Harris (8 points), who called her fouls "selfish," picked up two quickies to start the game.
"Early in the season we relied on a couple of people to do the scoring," the 6-foot-1 senior said. "But now the scoring is more spread out."
Out in front for the Fillies (12-7, 6-1) was junior guard Sarah Mass, who Barreiro said sets the intensity for the team. Mass finished with 6 points, going 4-for-4 from the line with a pair of steals and rebounds.
"This is a great group to lead," she said. "I enjoy it."
For the Cougars (7-17, 1-6), Tuesday night wasn't a normal night - at least not for senior guard Ashley Lindeman, who was being honored on senior night with four other teammates.
"This is about all four years," she said. "I know it was a conference game. I can't put it into words."
Lindemann (8 points, 4 free throws) and fellow senior Kim Davis (9 points, 6 rebounds) led the way for the Cougars on an emotional night.
"We came out with the right attitude," said Cougars coach Dan Travers. "We just couldn't score."
But even with the game out of reach, Lindemann and Davis showed what senior leadership is all about. Both continued to take the ball to the basket late in the fourth quarter and continued to get knocked to the ground.
"You need to try hard every night," said Davis. "Try and close the gap at the end (of the game)."
So fittingly, on senior night, in a losing effort, two seniors may have given their best performance of their careers, showing their younger teammates exactly what it takes to be successful.
"You're going to lose games," Lindemann said. "Do it with pride."