2016-'17 Season Coverage
updated: 11/19/2016 3:57 PM

Defending champ Benet a tough opener for Bartlett

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  • Benet center Katherine Jaseckas (54) steals a pass against Bartlett guard Kayla Hare (4) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

    Benet center Katherine Jaseckas (54) steals a pass against Bartlett guard Kayla Hare (4) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016
    Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Benet center Katherine Jaseckas (54) plays the post against Bartlett forward Kasia Obrzud (11) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

    Benet center Katherine Jaseckas (54) plays the post against Bartlett forward Kasia Obrzud (11) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016
    Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Benet guard Emma Lyne (15) applies pressure against Bartlett guard Kayla Hare (4) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

    Benet guard Emma Lyne (15) applies pressure against Bartlett guard Kayla Hare (4) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016
    Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Bartlett head coach Dave Mello talks to his players during a break in play against Benet at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

    Bartlett head coach Dave Mello talks to his players during a break in play against Benet at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016
    Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Benet forward Kendal Schramek (22) goes up for a fast break layup against Bartlett at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

    Benet forward Kendal Schramek (22) goes up for a fast break layup against Bartlett at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016
    Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Benet guard Clara Prasse (21) brings the ball up the court past Bartlett guard Kayla Hare (4) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

    Benet guard Clara Prasse (21) brings the ball up the court past Bartlett guard Kayla Hare (4) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016
    Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Benet guard Tsimba Malonga (1) brings the ball up the court against Bartlett at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

    Benet guard Tsimba Malonga (1) brings the ball up the court against Bartlett at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016
    Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Benet guard Clara Prasse (21) drives to the hoop against Bartlett forward Brooke Bednarke (31) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

    Benet guard Clara Prasse (21) drives to the hoop against Bartlett forward Brooke Bednarke (31) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016
    Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Benet forward Kendal Schramek (22) puts up a shot against Bartlett at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

    Benet forward Kendal Schramek (22) puts up a shot against Bartlett at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016
    Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Benet guard Emma Lyne (15) moves the ball up the court against Bartlett at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

    Benet guard Emma Lyne (15) moves the ball up the court against Bartlett at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016
    Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Bartlett guard Kayla Hare (4) drives to the hoop against Benet guard Tsimba Malonga (1) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

    Bartlett guard Kayla Hare (4) drives to the hoop against Benet guard Tsimba Malonga (1) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016
    Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Benet guard Clara Prasse (21) defends against a layup attempt by Bartlett guard Kayla Hare (4) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

    Benet guard Clara Prasse (21) defends against a layup attempt by Bartlett guard Kayla Hare (4) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016
    Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Benet center Katherine Jaseckas (54) plays the ball in the post against Bartlett Paige Bednarke (43) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

    Benet center Katherine Jaseckas (54) plays the ball in the post against Bartlett Paige Bednarke (43) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016
    Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Bartlett guard Kayla Hare (4) drives the basket against Benet center Katherine Jaseckas (54) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

    Bartlett guard Kayla Hare (4) drives the basket against Benet center Katherine Jaseckas (54) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016
    Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Sean King for the Daily Herald  Benet forward Kendal Schramek (22) dives for a loose ball against Bartlett at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

    Sean King for the Daily Herald Benet forward Kendal Schramek (22) dives for a loose ball against Bartlett at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

  • Benet head coach Joe Kilbride talks to his team during a timeout against Bartlett at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

    Benet head coach Joe Kilbride talks to his team during a timeout against Bartlett at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016
    Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Bartlett guard Sarah Jurek (22) pushes the ball up the court on a fast break against Benet at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

    Bartlett guard Sarah Jurek (22) pushes the ball up the court on a fast break against Benet at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016
    Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Bartlett guard Sarah Jurek (22) goes up for a shot against Benet forward Lauren Stack (23) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

    Bartlett guard Sarah Jurek (22) goes up for a shot against Benet forward Lauren Stack (23) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016
    Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Benet center Madison Demos (41) blocks a shot by Bartlett forward Brooke Bednarke (31) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

    Benet center Madison Demos (41) blocks a shot by Bartlett forward Brooke Bednarke (31) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016
    Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Bartlett Paige Bednarke (43) drives to the hoop against Benet forward Kate Heiberger (13) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

    Bartlett Paige Bednarke (43) drives to the hoop against Benet forward Kate Heiberger (13) at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016
    Sean King for the Daily Herald

  • Bartlett forward Brooke Bednarke (31) shoots a three pointer against Benet at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016

    Bartlett forward Brooke Bednarke (31) shoots a three pointer against Benet at Benet Academy in Lisle, IL on Friday, November 18, 2016
    Sean King for the Daily Herald

 
 

There are easier ways to start the girls basketball season than to visit two-time defending state champion Benet.

Bartlett learned Friday night that despite heavy graduation losses, the Redwings are still a very good team.

Benet led from start to finish, blowing out the Hawks in the third quarter for a 79-51 victory in the Naperville Central Tip Off Tournament.

"It was a little sloppy here and there, but I thought we were really just into it on defense, a lot of good energy," Benet senior guard Emma Lyne said. "That helped to clean things up."

Benet (2-0) scored the game's first 10 points, frustrating Bartlett with its usual stifling full-court press. Bartlett adjusted and cut the lead to 20-15 after one quarter but never could pull even.

Benet forced 12 Bartlett turnovers in the first quarter, 31 through the first three quarters. The Redwings led 71-40 after three quarters and emptied their bench to start the fourth.

"We practiced the best we could to prepare for it," Bartlett coach Dave Mello said of Benet's press. "We saw the film of their game against St. Ignatius. And obviously we played them last year and we know their style. You can't simulate it. If we could simulate it then we'd be able to run it."

Benet led by 7 late in the second quarter before pulling away to a 42-28 halftime lead, then came out in the third quarter ready to prove something.

"We just really brought the energy," Lyne said. "Coach (Joe Kilbride) told us to clean it up. No fouls, or not as many fouls. Box out, get the rebounds. We want to get more rebounds than next year."

That's one of the ways the Redwings are different this year without all-state guard Kathleen Doyle, now playing at Iowa.

"What I've told them is I think we have an opportunity to be a dominant rebounding team," said Kilbride, who played five 6-footers Friday.

Senior center Katie Jaseckas led Benet with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Junior point guard Tsimba Malonga, who sat out last season as a transfer student, scored 15, 14 of them in the third quarter while mixing in layups with 15-foot pull-up jumpers.

"She was a little upset about the first half, but I told her, keep your head up, forget about the first half," Lyne said she told Malonga. She's good about forgetting it, worry about the next play."

Freshman Brooke Schramek scored 11 points off the bench, and her senior sister, Kendal, added 10. The Redwings played without senior Ali Kramer, nursing an injured ankle.

Bartlett got 16 points from senior Sarah Jurek and 15 from junior Kayla Hare. The Hawks also suffered deep graduation losses. Six of their 11 players Friday earned their first varsity experience, and four more played limited minutes behind seniors last year.

"They're a great team," Mello said of the Redwings. "They lose Doyle, but they get Tsimba on the transfer. They're going to be there at the end, so for us to play them opening night is only going to benefit us. I said, there's no tougher test on opening night, and they played already."

Benet resumes tournament play today against Plainfield North. Bartlett continues with another big challenge against Naperville Central.

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