The McDonald's Shootout was made for a young team like Benet, with the kind of talented girls basketball players who should be showcased in front of college coaches.
The Redwings pulled away late to take a 77-59 victory from Oregon-Davis of Indiana on Saturday at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park.
"The second half we played a lot better," Paul said. "We took advantage of their press and we scored. Certain kids don't get a lot of press, but Jenna Martin played an outstanding game in the middle. She helped us with a lot of rebounds. And she doesn't get the credit of some of the other girls."
Martin grabbed a game-best 10 rebounds for the Redwings (13-7).
Emily Schramek led Benet with 24 points, adding 9 rebounds. Emily Eshoo scored 19 points, and Kathleen Doyle scored 18.
"We feel confident (in Schramek)," Paul said. "She's only a junior, but she's an outstanding shooter, as Eshoo is and Kathleen Doyle will get there."
The Redwings have been struggling lately with their tough schedule, so the big win against a quality opponent is a relief.
"It's not easy getting a win out of the East Suburban Catholic Conference," Paul said.
Jessica Avarone scored 18 for Oregon-Davis. Lexi Minix added 7, and Alicia McIntosh had 12.
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