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When Tim Boe took over as Plainfield South’s coach before the season began, he joked that if the Cougars had a subpar year it would be his fault.
After an early season struggle, the Cougars are in the midst of what Boe hopes is part of a new trend of turning the corner.
Plainfield South has won three of its last four games and the lone loss was an overtime contest to rival Plainfield North.
Although the Cougars are a junior-laden team, Boe is happy with the play he’s getting from senior guards Alonzo Garrett, Daylon Edwards and James Hill.
Overall, he’s happy with the team’s three-point shooting, too. The Cougars were 11-of-19 from the arc in a 71-49 victory over Romeoville on Friday.
Edwards and Garrett are both shooting over 40 percent from three-point range. So is junior Corey Evers.
“We play nine more league games and we’re 2-3 (through Monday and 5-11 overall) right now,” said Boe, whose team is tied for fifth in the Southwest Prairie. “Oswego is head and shoulders above everyone else.”
On the other hand
While Plainfield South is on a bit of an upswing, Minooka is trying to regroup after losses to Maine South and Oswego last week.
Even with the loss to Southwest Prairie leader Oswego, the Indians still have a shot to share the league title. The two teams meet again at Oswego on Feb. 8.
“We have to make sure we take each game like it’s a conference championship game,” Minooka coach Scott Tanaka said. “We’re going to have to win those games and hope we can get a share of the conference title.
“If (Oswego) plays like they did (at Minooka on Jan. 11), then I find it difficult for a team to beat them in our conference. They are that good this year.”
In the first meeting with Oswego, Tanaka said the Indians did not have enough offensive rebounds. Tanaka said teams can’t falter in that statistic if they are to beat some of the best teams in Illinois, not just Oswego.
“At this point we have to take care of business before we have another chance at them,” Minooka guard Jake Hogen said.