READY FOR REDBIRD: QND LADY RAIDERS SIZE UP THE ROAD TO FOURTH STRAIGHT STATE TITLE
Complacency is the supposed enemy of sustained excellence.
But clearly the QND Lady Raiders have been able to ward off that evil; beating good 3A competition by an average margin of 22 points per game this postseason.
There is still very much an edge to this group of girls...
And it seems to be laser sharp.
Eric Orne: "It's the way we approach things. It starts with our practices. They are hard. They're very difficult. And I think the leadership has been passed on through these last few years has shown. The girls pick that up. When it's their Senior year, they don't want that legacy to die."
The road for Quincy Notre Dame to an unprecedented title four-peat is daunting, however. And it starts Friday with an imposing Joliet Catholic club.
Eric Orne: "They are. They remind me a lot of Incarnate Word. Just with their size and athleticism. I don't think they have the incredible player like (Naphessa) Collier for Incarnate but the same time, they are just loaded. They like to go up and down the court like we do. But it should be an exciting game....Experience is a big factor. Especially with a lot of our kids getting that Redbird experience from last year. I think it will help carry us over. We've got to use that. Playing that second game, that second semifinal game, just the waiting game. And we are used to that. And it's going to pay a big dividend."