Benet's Kathleen Doyle said the Redwings' 15-3 run in the third quarter against Rockford's Auburn High School, which led to the team's 67-45 win over the Knights on Friday night in Lisle, was all about looking out for each other.
"We started to improve our offense. We are really good at screening each other open and we started doing that," she said.
Perfect examples of this on the opening night of the Naperville Central/Benet Tip-Off Tournament were when Doyle, who finished with 6 points, was left all alone twice during that third-quarter scoring barrage for easy layups.
Benet (2-0) led 52-37 at the end of the third quarter and took a 20-point advantage with 5:29 left in the contest on a basket by Emily Schramek. Schramek finished with 17 points, and Emily Eshoo put through a game-high 22, including 9 of 10 from the free-throw line and three 3-pointers.
"In general in the third quarter, we played great defense. We were not in the bonus and they were calling the game very tight," said Benet coach Peter Paul.
Auburn (0-1), of the Northern Illinois Conference came out shooting the 3 in a big way to start the game. The Knights' Brianna Davis, who led her team with 15 points, hit for four 3s during the first eight minutes to keep her team within 4. Benet hit for only two during that span.
Auburn, though, only hit two more 3-point baskets the rest of the game, and the Redwings finished with 9, including 4 in the big third quarter. Schramek led Benet with 4.
"We came out at the beginning in a zone and it just didn't work well. We then went to a man-to-man," Paul said.
A steal and layup by Elise Stout put the Redwings up 29-23 late in the first half. The Knights closed out the second quarter on a 5-0 run, including the first 3 by the Knights in the quarter which came with just 50 seconds left.
"We got our hands up on their shooters and that changed the pace of the game," Doyle said of stopping Auburn's 3-point attack.
The Redwings return to tournament play Saturday at home with a 3 p.m. game against North Chicago.