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Guerra as a junior averaged a team-high 10.0 points, along with 2.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists for Yorkville, which went 13-21 but finished on a high, a surprise playoff run to a regional title.
That late success didn't mask the Foxes' weaknesses. They still are not a big team, with nobody pushing 6 feet, which allowed opponents to defend them differently because of the lack of size and presence.
"The second time around in conference last year, I felt like I knew we needed something else," Yorkville coach Kim Wensits said. "You can only expect the kids to know so many plays."
To that end, the Foxes have implemented a new four-out "Nova" offense, named after Villanova which similarly runs it at the college level. Instead of a spot-to-spot offense, it's more read and react.
"There's a lot of learning, understanding and reading how the defense plays," Wensits said. "It's different, kind of the way growing you'd play 3-on-3 pickup basketball. It gives the kids a lot more flexibility and more opportunities to be athletes."
Yorkville's loss to Joliet Central in sectionals last year also further identified the need for the Foxes to become a better shooting team.
"They were very athletic, defended us quite well going to the hoop. Until you get someone on the outside that's a consistent threat you can sag off," Wensits said. "I have seen some improvement."
Indeed, Kenzie Senffner had a great start to the summer until an injury two weeks in. Guerra has shown no hesitance to shoot, Olivia Ross has done well getting to the basket and Lexi Sandon has built on the finish to her season with a great summer.
"She has really come into her own," Wensits said.
The Foxes have gone to Neuqua Valley twice, and played in the Geneva Summer League in addition to playing in a shootout at New Trier.
They've dealt with a bunch of injuries, and had more losses than wins, but Wensits likes the team's depth.
On Tuesday the Foxes split two games at Geneva, beating Batavia and losing to Minooka.
"We had 15 kids at camp, 14 kids in league play, it's been nice to see kids improve and get multiple opportunities," Wensits said. "We have not played with a full unit since the first game of the summer, but I don't look at the wins and losses. I look at how we are doing, are we improving, as we slowly import the offense."
Yorkville wraps up play this week, but Guerra's summer is just getting started.
She'll be at the Nike Tournament in Las Vegas in July with her Illinois Evolution AAU team, and also at a big event in Washington D.C. And she's also visited or plans to visit a number of colleges, including William Penn, Lakeland, Concordia-Wisconsin, Cardinal Stritch, Purdue-Northwest, Rollins and Minnesota-Duluth.
"The summer has gone well, it's a new group of people, trying to get the younger girls that didn't play varsity last year acclimated to the speed," Guerra said. "It's been fun to get them that experience."