WOODSTOCK – It was a long road to eight wins last year for Cary-Grove’s boys basketball team.
It was even harder to get to 50 points a game, as the team reached that mark only three times last season while averaging 42.
The Trojans reached 50 points in their opening game of the season Monday in dispatching Woodstock North, 51-36, to get off on the right track in the Woodstock Hoops for Healing Thanksgiving Tournament at Woodstock North.
“Our No. 1 thing is to have fun,” senior Steve Plazak said. “Last year we had a rough year. We have a lot of senior leaders on this team to help us get better.”
C-G is implementing new defensive schemes and a true motion offense into their attack this season. It was firing on all cylinders early in Monday’s game, as the Trojans jumped out to a 7-0 lead and 14-point halftime advantage.
However, the Trojans are obviously still ironing out the kinks in the early season.
“You just have to try and get better every day,” coach Ralph Schuetzle said. “It was a good first game for us.”
The Trojans are looking to increase their shooting percentage from last year, take better shots and take care of the ball to become a more competitive team this season.
Junior Tyler Szydlo scored 14 points to lead the Trojans, and Plazak added 11 points.
Woodstock North (0-1) made a run in the second half to eventually cut the lead to nine points before eventually faltering.
Hononegah 73, Marian Central 28: Marian Central got its dud out of the way early.
The Hurricanes, playing without injured leader Tommy Waytula, who dislocated his left elbow in Marian’s football playoff loss against Montini, ran into a pressing Hononegah and lost big.
The Hurricanes (0-1) had trouble with the Indians’ trapping zone all game.
Marian turned the ball over on its first eight possessions and saw Hononegah go seven-for-seven to start the game.
, which included three 3-pointers and eventually a 17-0 start that was stopped by a J.J. Lindquist layup for the Hurricanes.
Even without Waytula, Price is hardly concerned after Marian’s first game.
“We need kids to step up, and I think they will,” Price said. “Once we get over not having him out there a couple more games, we’ll be all right.”
Junior Quinn Haley came off the bench to lead the Hurricanes with six points. Sophomore Wyatt Lindell and senior Matt Yuk each added five.