Sometimes less is more.
On Monday at the Warren girls basketball Blue Devil Classic, it was not.
More was definitely more as Warren blew by Larkin and one of the best players in the state of Illinois, 57-35. The Blue Devils did it with more firepower, more weapons and more balance.
"We had more firepower today for sure," Warren coach John Stanczykiewicz said. "That's what it came down to. We've got Jordyn (Hughes), we've got Kaylen (Dickson) and we've got Rebekah (Foley). That makes your life easier as a coach for sure. Then, the other girls around them play pretty well, too. There's a lot of balance there."
Larkin senior guard Marlee Kyles, an Arizona recruit, has had games of 46 points and 36 points in the Blue Devil Classic so far. She has been a one-woman wrecking crew, and put up a team-high 25 points against Warren.
But that wasn't enough to offset the balanced scoring of the host Blue Devils, who got 21 points from junior guard Kaylen Dickson, 14 points from junior guard Jordyn Hughes and 8 points from sophomore forward Dana Lundtveit.
"We noticed that even in last year's tournament and again this year that (Larkin) really only has one or maybe two players who can score and generate offense," Dickson said. "We have more depth, even off the bench. We have a lot of players who can score. That's not something you see on all high school teams."
Kyles, who didn't play in the fourth quarter, hit 8 of Larkin's 12 total field goals. She finished with four 3-pointers. The Royals got little help from anyone else. The next-highest scorers on the team were Brianna Young and Aaliyah Dixon, who had 3 points apiece.
"The issue is that Marlee can only go so long. She can't hit every shot, she can't come down and do it every time. We need our team game to be a little better," Larkin coach Steve Knapp said. "Our team needs to get better with and without Marlee. They just need to find that themselves. They've got to flip the switch."
Kyles, who was shadowed closely by the Warren defense, kept Larkin in a tight first quarter with three 3-pointers. She had 19 points by halftime.
"I see a lot of (defensive focus) in all our games," Kyles said. "I expect that. It's never easy to handle being focused on the whole game.
"But I've worked really hard over the years, putting shots up with my brothers. It's awesome to see it pay off."
Warren broke open an 8-point halftime lead (33-25) by reeling off an 11-2 run to start the third quarter. Dickson scored 6 points in that stretch and was often matched up against Kyles. Dickson, who has several inches on Kyles, made sure to take Kyles into the paint to use her height advantage.
"It was really intense. A lot of emotions were thrown out there," Dickson said. "But I like to try to better myself by playing against really good players like that. I like to see what caliber I'm at comparatively."
Warren, which improves to 12-3, will play Grayslake Central at 4:30 today in the tournament semifinals. Larkin will face Phillips at 1:30 p.m. Carmel will take on Lake Forest at 3 p.m. and Deerfield and Wheeling will open the day at 12 noon.
Grayslake Central 44, Wheeling 35: Grayslake Central used balanced scoring to pull out a victory over Wheeling in the Blue Devil Classic at Warren.
Amanda Larson paced the Rams with 9 points while Lindsay Brust and Jordyn Gosell had 7 points apiece. Kate Bullman, Payton Gosell and Rosie Drevline each scored 5 points for the Rams, who got points out of nine players.
Lake Forest 55, Phillips 47: Lake Forest survived a furious rally by Phillips, which outscored the Scouts 22-9 in the fourth quarter.
Maeve Summerville topped Lake Forest with 15 points while Delaney Williams and Grace Tirzmallis added 13 and 10 points respectively.
Autian Fain led Phillips with 16 points and Jealissa Presswood had 15 points.
Carmel 43, Deerfield 27: Carmel was up 26-14 at halftime and kept its foot on the gas.
Daija Pruitt scored 13 points to lead the balanced Corsairs, who got points out of eight players.
Olivia Elkes topped Deerfield with 12 points.