Jumping out to a 17-point lead at the half, Crystal Lake South's girls basketball team looked strong throughout and cruised to a 51-31 win over Streamwood at the Dundee-Crown Thanksgiving Tournament Wednesday night.
Trailing only once early to start the game, the Gators (2-0) missed their first three shots from the field until a Chanel Fanter bucket opened the scoring.
Defense led the way for South as it held the Sabres (0-1) to under double digit points in the first three quarters.
"Absolutely our offense was triggered by our defense," CL South coach Kyle McCaughn said. "We played real well in our half-court defense and in man-to-man. It was a good all-around game for us."
Helping lead that offense was Sara Mickow, who finished with 17 points despite only having 3 points after the first quarter and not playing at all in the fourth.
"Her and Carly Nolan are coming back from that state run (with volleyball) so we didn't want to kill them early." McCaughn said.
For Mickow's part, she's just ready to get back downstate.
"Me and Carly know what it's like to have such a successful season and I think we're going to bring that over to the basketball court." Mickow said.
For Streamwood's head coach George Rosner, the offensive struggle was not the most discouraging thing he saw.
"Their defense was excellent, but our decision making was not good," Rosner said. "We made too many passes that they just picked off. It was over at that point."
Cayla Hawkins and Holly Foret led the offense for Streamwood, combining for 23 points while the rest of the team had just 8 total. The Sabres played without starting post Hannah McGlone, who is out until Dec. 1 with an injury.