Lockdown mode is becoming the norm for the Warren girls basketball team.
One day after nearly shutting out Carmel in the third quarter (only to surrender a single field goal with 45 seconds remaining), the Blue Devils put together long stretches of lockdown defense against Deerfield.
It's literally been a defensive clinic at times for Warren at its holiday Blue Devil Classic, and the end result has been a 2-0 record thus far. The latest victory for the Blue Devils came in the form of a 68-34 trouncing of Deerfield on Friday.
Warren got out to a 9-0 start in the first quarter, a 13-0 start in the second quarter and a 15-3 start in the third quarter. The Blue Devils then limited Deerfield to just 7 points in the fourth quarter.
"It's our energy on defense. Are we going to stand and watch, or are we going to move our feet?" said Warren coach John Stanczykiewicz, whose team improves to 11-3 on the season. "Today we moved our feet well defensively, we were active to the ball, we got them to take bad shots and we limited them to one shot.
"And I think our defense turned into our offense a lot of times today."
Speaking of offense, the Blue Devils were clicking there, too.
Warren had two 20-point scorers in junior guards Jordyn Hughes (23 points) and Kaylen Dickson (20 points). Both did most of their damage before halftime, scoring 19 points and 13 points respectively in the first half. Neither played much after the first five minutes of the third quarter when Warren went up by 23 points.
"Everyone today had good motion and good movement in the offense. I think we played really well," said Hughes, who drained 3 three-pointers. "Kaylen and I both have a lot of scoring responsibility for our team. We've played together since feeder so I always know where to look for her. I know I can give her a cross-court pass and she's going to get to it fast and get to the basket and finish. I just trust her that way.
"We know there are other girls on our team who can score, too. We have a lot of players who can."
Warren also got double-figures out of sophomore reserve forward Breleigh Gula. She scored 10 of those points after halftime and was a stabilizer after the bench was cleared in the second half.
Deerfield, which has struggled to a 3-10 record this season, got a team-high 8 points from Rachel Elkes. She had two 3-pointers.
"Warren did a great job of coming out and being aggressive," Deerfield coach Mike Muldrow said. "They were deflecting passes and they were being physical inside in a good way. And we came out kind of soft. When they came out that aggressive, it kind of put us on our heels and we didn't react well at all. And they took advantage of that."
Warren next faces Larkin on Monday (4:30 p.m.). Larkin features senior Marlee Kyles, who poured in 46 points and grabbed 14 rebounds Thursday against Deerfield.
"We treated this (Deerfield) game as a trap game because we knew what was potentially in front of us with Larkin and we have hopes of getting to the championship round," Stanczykiewicz said. "This (Deerfield) would have been a real easy opponent to overlook. So we challenged the girls to not do that, to not look past this game and I thought we came out with great energy and great focus."