ROCKTON, Ill. (WIFR) Maine west will be Hononegah's biggest challenge of the season when the two meet this Friday in the 4A semifinals.
The Warriors are 33-0, they have been to state before, and they have already beaten the Indians this season, but the underdogs believe they are a different team this time around.
Hono is still riding on a high after its super-sectional win on Monday, but now it needs to figure out a way to take down number one ranked Maine West, which no one has done.
The Warriors are an athletic squad highlighted by junior four-star recruit Angela Dugalic, who may be a future teammate of Jordan King at Marquette.
Although Maine West handed the Indians a 23 point loss back in December, the NIC-10 champs think they will be better prepared.
"They're all athletic and they all have size and they can all play high-level basketball so it's going to be a hard game, but it's going to be fun," said junior guard Julia Burns. "I think we've gotten a lot better and I think we're going to be well-prepared against them this time."
"There's a lot of pressure on them every game and they got through two tough games," said head coach Randy Weibel. "I know they had an overtime game and they had one other closer game. They've been down there, they have the experience and they're going to be a tough out for anyone that ends up down there."
The Indians meet the Warriors Friday at 7:15 p.m. at Redbird Arena in Normal.