It was hard to figure out the St. Charles North girls basketball team on Monday as it did its best Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde impersonation at the Dundee-Crown Charger Classic.
At times the North Stars stood toe-to-toe with defending tournament champion New Trier -- like when they scored the first 8 points of the game or when they shot 8-of-11 from the field in the third quarter and scored 21 points. However, at other times the North Stars looked overmatched and in the end the latter prevailed and the North Stars came up short 62-48.
"We can play very well in stretches," said North coach Mike Tomczak. "But we are still a very young team with very little varsity experience. That really shows sometimes when we are up against a team like New Trier. I thought we hung with them very well at times. I just wish we could have done it for all four quarters instead of parts of three quarters."
The North Stars (4-5) led 8-0 out of the gate with Elizabeth Olsem giving them a big lift early scoring the first 6 points. However, just as quickly New Trier turned the tables by scoring the next 15 points. The Trevians (6-5) extended their lead to 29-14 at the half.
The game turned into a shootout in the third quarter when both teams combined to make the first 9 shots and 14 of the first 15. It included four 3-pointers by the North Stars. But even with that offensive explosion the North Stars could get no closer than 11 points in the second half.
"We were very disappointed with our performance in the second quarter," Tomczak said. "I didn't even have to say anything. They took it to heart and came out determined to play better in the second half. We have shown that we have a lot of potential. We just have to show it all the time. Playing some of the teams in this tournament like New Trier is only going to make us better in the long run."
Olsem had 20 points to lead the North Stars.
"She has really worked on her whole game," Tomczak said. "And she's rounding into form. Her outside shot has really improved and she has become our emotional leader."
Olsem shot 7-of-9 from the field and scored 14 of her points in the second half.
"I'm just gaining a lot of confidence," Olsem said. " I feel like my teammates and coaches really believe me. I was really excited to play a team like this. We showed we can play with them when we stick together, but there were just other stretches where we lost our confidence."