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Garth, Geneva looking ahead
Kross Garth believes it was better for Geneva to suffer its first loss of the season now, rather than later.
The Vikings, after 15 consecutive wins, met its match Jan. 11 against Lake Park in a 62-56 loss.
"We are going to get everyone’s best shots, even teams we wouldn’t expect to stick with us," Garth said. "We now know what it’s like to lose and the reasons why we lost and we will now work on those weaknesses."
Garth and his team met on the court following the loss, and prepared themselves for what they needed to do for a rebound performance. The following night, the Vikings took care of Glenbard North with a convincing 74-45 victory.
Following a game a Naperville North on Jan. 17, the Vikings will face St. Charles North for the first time this season. The teams were originally scheduled to play against each other in Dec., but the District 304 teacher union work stoppage forced a postponement.
"St. Charles North has always been a pretty well-rounded program and it’s always fun to play good games," Garth said. "Our conference is tough, and that’s what makes it more enjoyable when getting a win."
One Vikings teammate that may not be getting enough overall attention from those on the outside is senior forward Ben Johnson.
"[Johnson] always brings energy to the court and gives it 110 percent every possession," Garth said. "No one really notices the little things often but, if you're talking about little things, he does it all. He sacrifices his body for charges, goes for loose balls and knows his role."