Wheaton North always takes a lot of pride in its defense. The Falcons had a lot to be proud of Tuesday night.
The Falcons held Glenbard North without a field goal the first 11 minutes, 29 seconds of their DuPage Valley Conference girls basketball game in Carol Stream and defeated the Panthers 52-25.
That makes six straight victories for the Falcons (7-3, 5-0), who jumped into a tie for the DVC lead with Naperville Central. The Falcons, however, aren't making a big deal of the league standings.
"We just take it one game at a time," Wheaton North junior Matti Zander said. "We just have a 1-0 philosophy, so it doesn't matter what our record is."
The Panthers scored at the free-throw line early in the game, but by the time Leah Miller scored from the floor, there was 4:31 left on the clock for the second quarter and the Falcons led 23-7. And with the way the Falcons were defending, the Panthers had no chance at getting back in the ballgame.
"We've got some really good offensive players, I think, that really balance out the defense and can give us some breathing room, but I think the defense is what we focus on," Wheaton North coach Dave Eaton said.
"It doesn't matter who's guarding the ball, we're all just focused on not letting anyone score," added Zander, who drew the assignment of guarding dangerous Panthers guard Zakiya Newsome. "That's just our philosophy. That's just what we do."
The Falcons did it very well, holding Glenbard North to single-digit scoring in each quarter. They also did free throws very well, converting 13 of 15.
Junior Hannah Swider was the only player to score in double figures with 16 points to go with her 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 charging call drawn. Sophomore Sarah Topps came off the bench to score 8 points, one of 10 Falcons to score.
Sophomore Lauren Lee scored 7 points off the bench to lead Glenbard North (5-6, 0-5).
Follow Orrin on Twitter @Orrin_Schwarz