So this surely felt extra sweet.
The Oswego girls basketball team won its first game of the season on Friday, beating Joliet Central 62-48.
Oswego (1-19) led 15-10 after one quarter, won every quarter – and never looked back.
"Happy with our performance," Oswego coach Dave Beebe said. "We finally had one of those games that we put all aspects of the game together."
Eight different Panthers scored, led by Angelina Schlinger's 21 points.
Julia Henrikson, who recently returned from sickness, added 12 points. Jenelle Rogers added 10 points and double-digit rebounds. McKenna Engler added six points.
"Angelina let the game come to her, and she also distributed," Beebe said. "She played like we know she can play."
Oswego saw Joliet Central play at the holiday tournament, and knew it would be a challenging game.
"They have a pretty nice team," Beebe said. "We watched them in the Oswego East tournament and they beat East Aurora and Aurora Central Catholic, two teams we lost to. I told the girls we have to start putting stuff together."
It's been a tough season results-wise so far, but Beebe said the dedication is unquestioned.
Recently the Panthers lost a tough one at Romeoville on a Friday, and were back at practice at 8 a.m. the next morning.
"They've put the time and effort in," Beebe said. "Hopefully we get a little momentum."
Oswego East: Chelsea McCullum scored a career-high 28 points and added 10 steals for the Wolves in a 71-45 win over Rich Central on Saturday. Oswego East led 24-7 and never looked back. Christine Corpuz added 11 points and Riley Kelsch had eight for the Wolves.
McCullum and Corpuz each scored 13 points for Oswego East in a 49-45 win over Plainfield Central on Friday. Chyna Scott added eight points and five blocked shots.
Plainfield Central led by four at the half, but McCullum Kaili Chval, Corpuz, Carly Engelhardt and Scott sparked an 8-0 run that turned into a 21-11 third quarter. Plainfield Central came back to within a point after being down by nine with 1:30 left, but Corpuz hit a free throw to go up four and sealed the win for Oswego East (12-9, 8-2 Southwest Prairie Conference).