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IHD provides an affordable, safe, and positive learning environment for young women.
We are dedicated to helping our players build strong character, become positive role models, and to maximizing their full potential on and off of the basketball court. We are focused on fundamental skill development and improving all aspects of the player’s game in order to help them become well rounded student-athletes that are prepared to achieve success at the HS JV, HS Varsity, Collegiate level, and in life.
• Provide age-specific training.
• Teach technical and tactical skills.
• Promote good sportsmanship and team spirit.
• Increase the player’s knowledge of basketball.
• Prepare each player to be successful at the next level of school basketball.
• Evaluate each player’s skills and develop and implement a plan for individual improvement.
• Ball handling and passing.
• Triple threat and court spacing.
• Post moves and rebounding.
• Defensive keys and transition play.
• Offensive & defensive keys.
• Floor vision, court communication, and moving without the ball.
• Team offensive schemes and team defensive schemes.
• Special game situations and strategies.
Hoop Dreams News
IHD Girls Led HS Conference Domination – (88 Straight!)
Two historic HS varsity winning streaks came to an end recently. Burlington Central (BNC/KRC, 54 games) and Huntley (FVC, 34 games) won a combined 88 consecutive conference games over multiple seasons; an amazing accomplishment under any circumstances. Active feeder programs, talented and dedicated players, supportive parents, and engaged communities all played important roles.
Saluting these IHD players for their key contributions to the most successful eras in their respective school histories and for their sustained commitment to excellence. Well done ladies!
Galauner and Spagnola Join the 1,000pts Club!
Class of 2017 and 4-year varsity starting point guards Julie Galauner (Genoa Kingston) and PG Maddie Spagnola (St. Edwards) each joined the 1,000 Club this month. Galauner is just the forth Lady Cog to achieve the career milestone, while Spagnola is the 14th Lady Wave to join the club. Both players are the on-court leaders for their respective teams from the PG position and are off to great starts in their senior seasons. Julie has already had a 26pt game (w/5 buckets from 3pt range), while Maddie got the season off to a great start by dropping 31 (w/5 buckets from 3pt range) in her first contest. Galauner was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Oregon Thanksgiving Tournament while Spagnola was named All-Tournament at Hinsdale South. Congratulations to both players, their respective HS programs, and their families!
Brooke Weisbrod - Fall Ball Guest Speaker/TrainerIHD welcomes back Brooke Weisbrod as our Fall Ball guest speaker/trainer to share her knowledge, keys to success, and experience with our girls. Weisbrod is a sportscaster and college basketball analyst for ESPN and the Big Ten Network. A three-sport athlete at Coastal Carolina University, she was the second player in school history to amass at least 1,000 points, 300 rebounds and 200 assists. Her basketball awards include Big South Conference Rookie of the Year, Big South Conference Player of the Year, Big South Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year, NCAA Woman of the Year, and the Big South Conference All Decade Team. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was selected into to the Wall School of Business Wall Fellows Program. In 2007 she was inducted into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2013 she was the first female athlete to be named Chanticleer of the Year. Weisbrod played professionally for Germany’s Marburg Marlins until a back injury forced her to retire.
Ivy League for Clausen!Congratulations to Morgan Clausen and her family for her commitment to Coach Behn and the Brown University Bears of the Ivy League. Ranked among the Top 10 schools in the nation academically, Morgan chose Brown over an attractive offer from the US Naval Academy and was recruited by several other high-academic schools including Colgate, Holy Cross, Bucknell, and St. Bonaventure on the East Coast, and locally by the University of Chicago and University of Indianapolis among others. An amazing accomplishment for an amazing young lady from a great family. Well done!