St. Charles East coach Lori Drumtra tested herself upon hearing five of her players scored in double figures during Saturday's 72-68 win at St. Charles North.
As she scanned her memory, one of the first Saints Drumtra identified was the last player to accomplish the feat in order of appearance.
Senior reserve guard MacKenzie Meadows notched 10 of her 13 points in the first half, striking most often with smooth jumpers around the baseline and elbow.
"She gave us a little bit of a spark off the bench there at the beginning of the game when we were a little bit tight. And I'm sure that North, their adrenaline was flowing, which I kind expected," Drumtra said. "She came in and really gave us a nice lift."
Sophomore Hannah Vitkus added 10 points off the bench, the only other non-starter to reach double figures.
Vikings seek more patient attack
Saturday's game against Bloom at the Crete-Monee Crosstown Shootout provided Geneva with a chance to recover quickly from Friday's loss to Batavia – the program's first setback against the Bulldogs in nearly six years.
Vikings coach Sarah Meadows pledged her team would "kind of shy away" from Bloom's fast-paced style in long stretches. She was hoping Geneva could slow things down one night earlier.
"We're getting looks, we just can't make a basket," Meadows said. "Part of that is, I think, we've got two passes and we take a shot. Three passes and we take a shot. I think that we can get a better shot ... maybe we wait, and we're a little more patient, and we get [a hot shooter an open shot], and then we get more success right there."
Knights welcome holiday tour
Kaneland played its final Northern Illinois Big 12 East game until Jan. 7 when it hosted Rochelle on Tuesday night.
The Knights now will brace for separate tournaments hosted by NI Big 12 West members Ottawa and Dixon over the holidays.
"The Christmas tournaments, they help us really figure out how we can improve and stuff," Kaneland junior wing Amber Winquist-Bailey said. "Although they don't count for conference wins, they help us improve. It's fun to play in those tournaments, because you get to play teams that you don't always see, so it's different competition."
Kaneland visits La Salle-Peru in its regularly scheduled NI Big 12 road crossover in February.
– Kevin Druley, email@example.com
In the groove
Burlington Central, So., F
What she did: Colby drilled three of Central's eight 3-pointers in Saturday's road win at Hampshire, helping the Rockets come untracked after a sluggish start.
Batavia, So., G
What she did: Without Orman's shooting and ballhandling down the stretch, coach Kevin Jensen said, the Bulldogs would not have defeated Geneva Friday night.
WHAT WE LEARNED LAST WEEK
Wheaton Academy keeps rolling. The Warriors earned their fifth straight victory and seventh in eight games with Monday's 36-24 victory against visiting Chicago Christian. The Warriors won eight games during all of last season.
WHAT WE'LL LEARN IN THE WEEK AHEAD
Whether Batavia can build an early lead in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division race. With St. Charles East and Geneva set to meet Friday night, the Bulldogs – 3-0 in conference play – could enjoy a one-game edge in the loss column on the two top contenders should the Vikings defeat the Saints.
COACH SLY SEZ
As a champion of chivalry, Sly gets the appropriateness of the whole "Ladies first" thing. But opening doors isn't the same as scheduling basketball games, so here's to giving the girls the second slot in some of these conference doubleheaders once in awhile.
It's a small sample size, but the Batavia-Geneva and St. Charles North-St. Charles East girls' finishes last weekend featured a good deal more drama than the boys' games.
Many fans witnessed these sequences, of course, but only as they found their seats to watch the boys.