CARPENTERSVILLE – Much of the halftime discussion in Dundee-Crown’s locker room centered around how to retake the lead and maintain it.
The Chargers had a seven-point lead in the second quarter only to have Prairie Ridge score the last seven points of the half to tie the score.
“We knew we were not playing our best,” D-C guard Payton Schmidt said. “We had a seven-point lead and let them come back. We focused on pushing them more and not letting them come back.”
The Chargers’ defensive pressure slowed down Prairie Ridge and created some offense through transition, as they forged ahead and stayed there for a 49-37 Fox Valley Conference victory Wednesday night.
“We talked about our defensive intensity in the third quarter and coming out hard,” Chargers coach Sarah Miller said. “I felt like we really made them work on their offense. We kept the ball out of the lane and made them take tougher shots. We were aggressive on rebounds, and it led to more transition buckets. Our defense was phenomenal.”
Freshman forward Gianine Boado provided the offensive boost in the second half, scoring 15 of her game- and season-high 20 points in the third and fourth quarters.
“I gained my confidence and my teammates brought me up, and it worked for me,” said Boado, who had three 3-pointers, two in the second half. “We were smarter with our passes, and we shared the ball when we had to and took shots when we needed to.”
Schmidt added 13 points, and Maddie Tripp scored eight for the Chargers (13-8, 8-4 FVC).
Nicole Dorn led Prairie Ridge (11-12, 5-7) with 14 points and seven rebounds. Karly Statter added eight for the Wolves.
“Nicole’s a warrior, and I cannot take her off the floor,” Wolves coach Rick Lima said. “The problem is she’s such a good floor leader that it’s hard to take her off the floor. She had a great game tonight; she was very explosive. She had a stretch there, it was beautiful, two or three baskets, and then she hit the wall.”
Dorn scored eight of her 14 in the third quarter, and two driving baskets back-to-back, the second with 2:30 remaining, cut D-C’s lead to 32-29, but the Wolves could not get closer.
D-C opened the fourth quarter with a 37-31 lead and scored the first seven points of the quarter, with three layups and a free throw, for a 44-31 lead.
“We really truly attacked and finished around the hoop,” Miller said. “For the most part, every look in the lane was going in, and it allowed us to pull away with that 10-, 11-point lead.”