Sometimes less is more.
That's the approach St. Charles North girls basketball coach Mike Tomczak took in the locker room at halftime on Thursday with his team down by 3 points to host Dundee-Crown. The North Stars reflected their coach's cool demeanor in the third quarter as they calmly and patiently outscored the Chargers 21-4 en route to a 58-43 win to capture the consolation title at the Charger Classic. The North Stars lost their first game of the tournament, but bounced back to win their next 3 games.
"There was no fire and brimstone speech," Tomczak said. "This is really a player-led team. We have some vocal leaders. Much more vocal than I am. I just reminded them to let's go out in the second half and do what we know how to do. I told them we don't want to take good shots. We want to take great shots. I thought that patience was on display in the second half. We really moved the ball and had some great possessions where we made the extra pass."
Elizabeth Olsem led the North Stars with 18 points and Anna Davern was right behind her with 17 points.
"Those two couldn't be closer on and off the court," Tomczak said. "They have great chemistry and really push one another. As the captains they provide the direction and energy for our team. It's a real positive energy and everyone else feeds off it."
Olsem and Davern played a huge role in the pivotal third quarter, combining for 12 points. The North Stars trailed 27-24 at the half, but went on a 15-0 run to start the third quarter to take a commanding 39-27 lead. North (10-6) shot 10-of-12 from the field in the quarter.
"Being more patient was the key," Davern said. "We were unselfish with the ball and looking to make the extra pass. It was a great way to finish the tournament. We took the edge of losing that first game and took it out on the next three teams we played. Now we want to take that into the second half of the season."
Grace Quinn added a double-double for the North Stars with 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and 10 assists. As a team the North Stars had 20 assists on their 23 made shots from the field.
Dundee-Crown finished the tournament with a record of 2-2. The Chargers had gone on a 12-2 run at the end of the second quarter with a pair of 3-pointers from both Peyton Schmidt and Cassidy Randl to take a 27-24 halftime lead. However, the Chargers shot just 2-of-12 from the field in the third quarter and turned the ball over 6 times.
"I felt like we played real well in that first half," D-C coach Sarah Miller said. "Then we got away from everything we needed to keep doing to win the game. It's one thing when you are not hitting shots, but we were giving up too many on the other end. It's still always great to have this tournament. It's good to face some really good competition and learn what we need to work on."
Paige Gieseke had 9 points to lead the Chargers in scoring.