ST. CHARLES – Scoring only eight points in a half is not a formula for success in basketball.
That’s how many points the St. Charles North girls basketball team scored Friday in the second half of a 50-27 loss to Upstate Eight Conference River Division rival Streamwood.
The North Stars’ lack of offense was not because of a shortage of high-percentage shots, a fact which North (5-14, 2-5) coach Colleen Backer found frustrating.
“For the second game in a row, our shooting percentage has really been down,” she said. “We really are concentrating on shooting more in practice. I don’t know, maybe they’re shooting too much. So that obviously didn’t help us, and mentally, when the other team goes on a run, you lose your composure a little bit on the offensive end.”
Backer was referring to a 10-0 run by the Sabres (15-4, 6-1) from midway through the third quarter to early in the fourth that broke open what had been a competitive game. Six-foot junior center Hannah McGlone capped the run with a basket inside that put Streamwood up 41-23. She finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, and five blocked shots, four of which came in the third quarter.
“We were shooting the ball a little bit scared,” Backer said. “When you get blocked a couple times, you shoot the ball a little differently.”
In the first half, the North Stars were getting open looks from 3-point range, and senior guard Alex Silverman took advantage. She drained a pair of three-pointers to give North an early 6-2 lead. The North Stars managed to stay on top for much of the first half, with Silverman scoring 11 of her team-high 13 points before intermission.
“It’s the second half of the season, so we wanted to come out strong with a win and we were doing it in the first half,” Silverman said. “We had a good first quarter, but, unfortunately, we just started losing it in the second half. I don’t know what it was.”
Silverman’s hot hand early certainly got the attention of the Streamwood defense.
“They hit two threes early on and it kind of brought us down a little bit,” Sabre senior Jessica Cerda said. “But we picked it up and were able to bring up the intensity more.”
Silverman, who also had six rebounds, said the Sabres increased their defensive pressure on her in the second half.
“I just think they were playing up on me tighter,” she said. “It was harder for me to get the ball also.”
Unfortunately for the North Stars, no one stepped forward to pick up the scoring slack. Freshman center Morgan Rosencrants was the team’s next-leading scorer with eight points, six of which came in the first half. Sophomore Nicole Davidson added five points and grabbed eight rebounds to help North battle evenly on the boards.
Cerda, a Chicago State recruit, scored 17 points, 9 from beyond the arc. Silverman had the unenviable task of trying to guard the 5-9 swing player much of the night.
“She’s got everything,” Silverman said. “She’s strong, so she can drive. She obviously has a great outside shot. She’s just a great player, so it’s really hard. You can’t give her space, but you can’t be way up tight on her because she will go around you. You’ve got to find a happy medium somewhere.”
Senior guard Deja Moore, the third member of Streamwood’s talented triumvirate, added 12 points.