WSC Gold champs face tough road in playoffs
Hinsdale South's Toni Romiti (21) pulls up for a jump shot against Willowbrook Jan. 24, 2013 in Darien . | Rob Hart~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 8, 2013 2:04AM
As the only returning starter from last year’s West Suburban Gold championship team, one of Toni Romiti’s last expectations when the season began was for Hinsdale South to do it again.
But that idea became reality when Willowbrook lost to Morton Jan. 26. Two days earlier, the Hornets had defeated Willowbrook 52-46 behind Romiti’s 30 points and seven 3-pointers to force a tie in the conference race. The loss by Willowbrook (19-5, 9-2) gave the Hornets the outright conference crown with a 47-42 victory over Leyden Friday.
Hinsdale South (15-7, 11-1) captured back-to-back conference championships for the first time in 13 years.
“I was excited for the most part,” Romiti said. “I didn’t think we could do this. It feels great.”
Romiti, a senior from Willowbrook, has done everything within her power to keep the Hornets within striking distance of Willowbrook throughout the season after the Warriors beat Hinsdale South 49-35 Dec. 15 in their first meeting. Her 32 points Jan. 26 helped defeat Downers Grove South, 67-53. Romiti’s career-high 38 points, including 10 3-pointers, led the Hornets past Hinsdale Central Nov. 15.
But a mighty opponent looms for Hinsdale South when the Class 4A playoffs begin next week.
If the eight-seeded Hornets can beat nine-seeded North Lawndale in their opener Feb. 13 at Little Village, Hinsdale South will likely play top-seeded Young (22-4), which won its fifth consecutive Public League title Saturday. The Little Village Regional final is 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15.
Romiti said she isn’t ready to consider playing a state power such as Young, with season-ending games this week against Glenbard West, Silver champion Proviso West and at Benet (17-9) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the regular season finale.
“I think the focus is on our next couple of games,” said Romiti.