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Beyond the Highlights with the Benton girls basketball team

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BENTON (WSIL) -- The Benton Girls Basketball team is 9-1, 8-0 in the River to River Conference.

Kendra Sheehan goes beyond the highlights with the Rangerettes to find out the secret to their success.

"You know, we had a hiccup the first game of the year against Fairfield," Benton Girls Basketball Head Coach Andy Sloan said. "And since then we've won 9 in a row. And it's really just the kids buying in and being unselfish."

"At the very beginning, we talked about how seniors have gotten a lot taken away from us," Benton senior Addisyn Miller said. "And I think that everyone's taken that into context. And everyone's been playing their hardest for us."

The Rangers have great ball movement and are stingy on defense, despite only two seniors on the roster, they play with experience.

"We had a lot of freshmen last year play up, so they already knew what to expect. But during this pandemic, I think everyone kind of worked on their own more than previous years. So I think that's really helped us a ton."

"When you watch them play, you can tell it's two kids that know that it's almost over and when they thought maybe they had basketball taken away from earlier this year, you know, when they did get a season and get a chance, it's really shown and, and their leadership has rubbed off on these other kids, those younger kids have been able to watch these two seniors and saw how they've led by example, and led by their play, and whenever it's their turn, to lead the same exact way," Sloan said.

With pandemic restrictions and weather cancellations, these girls have turned adversity into an advantage this season.

"At the beginning, we did zoom calls, like right at the beginning of the pandemic, just so we can meet the freshmen because we've never gotten gotten to play with them," Miller said. "So we kind of did zoom calls and we all made group chats."

"It's been much more fun than any season I've been a part of and especially winning it makes it a lot more fun," Benton senior Sesley Tedeschi said. We all really adapt well to each other and we're really good friends not only on the court off the court too."

"The group of girls, I think we all play, pray for each other and we are all connecting way better than we have in the past," Miller said.

The Rangers have two more games in the river river Ohio division but have already clinched the conference title.

Kendra Sheehan, News 3 Sports

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