The St. Charles North boys basketball team certainly wasn't going to get caught looking ahead to rival St. Charles East.
The North Stars scored the game's first 7 points Thursday night, led by 31 in the second quarter and held Streamwood scoreless in the third quarter en route to a 70-26 Upstate Eight River victory over the Sabres.
"We weren't pleased with our performance against Bartlett (on Tuesday), and when I say 'We,' I mean the kids, which is great to see," North coach Tom Poulin said. "They were ready to play another game. I'm glad we had this one before Saturday."
North (11-5, 5-1) should head into Saturday's game at St. Charles East with plenty of confidence. Thursday's rout was the North Stars' fourth consecutive victory.
"Every game is the most important game for us," said North senior Erik Miller, who scored 11 points and had 6 rebounds. "Coach said before the game that we haven't won four games in a row in how many years. Going to East now, it's going to be a lot of fun."
Alec Goetz and Miller each had 6 points in the opening quarter as the North Stars took a 22-4 lead. Camden Cotter hit North's eighth 3-pointer of the game with 2:45 remaining in the first half to give North a 37-6 lead. The lead was 42-15 at halftime.
Streamwood (1-15, 0-6) went 0-for-8 from the floor, turned the ball over 8 times and was held scoreless in the third quarter to fall behind 53-15 heading to the fourth.
"We moved the ball and got open shots. We need a bigger hoop I guess," Sabres coach Paul Kowalyszyn said.
No North Stars starter played the final 11 minutes. Thirteen different players scored for North. Goetz had a team-high 12 points, hitting 4 3-pointers. The North Stars hit 13 3-pointers in the game.
Streamwood shot just 14 percent (4-for-29) and had 18 turnovers in the first three quarters. The Sabres did hit 4 of 7 shots in the final quarter. Jacob Siewert led Streamwood with 7 points.