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Kampschroeder, Naperville North score win against Neuqua Valley

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  • Naperville North's Greta Kampschroeder takes a shot after getting past Neuqua Valley's Megan Callahan during girls basketball at on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

      Naperville North's Greta Kampschroeder takes a shot after getting past Neuqua Valley's Megan Callahan during girls basketball at on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Neuqua Valley's Erin McCarthy has her shot blocked by Naperville North's Sadie Jurkovic during girls basketball at on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

      Neuqua Valley's Erin McCarthy has her shot blocked by Naperville North's Sadie Jurkovic during girls basketball at on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville North's Kara Rivard drives past Neuqua Valley's Taylor Crowley during girls basketball at on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

      Naperville North's Kara Rivard drives past Neuqua Valley's Taylor Crowley during girls basketball at on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Neuqua Valley's Ashley Ishman after getting by Naperville North's Piper Fenner during girls basketball at on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

      Neuqua Valley's Ashley Ishman after getting by Naperville North's Piper Fenner during girls basketball at on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville North's Nikki Kwilosz drives around Neuqua Valley's Ashley Ishman during girls basketball at on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

      Naperville North's Nikki Kwilosz drives around Neuqua Valley's Ashley Ishman during girls basketball at on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 
By Phil Brozynski
Daily Herald Correspondent

If Naperville North coach Jason Dycus has one complaint about Greta Kampschroeder, it's that the 6-foot freshman guard is a little too unselfish.

"She's a tremendous girl to coach," Dycus said. "She's very team-oriented. Sometimes she's a little too unselfish. She needs to take the ball a little bit more and score because she's got that kind of talent.

"As a coach, you want to see her take over the game more because she has the ability," he added.

Despite deferring to her teammates a few more times than Dycus might have liked, Kampschroeder still finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists to lead Naperville North to a 57-50 victory Wednesday at Neuqua Valley.

"(Dycus) always tells me, 'Greta, I know you have a good (basketball) IQ,' and that's one of my best skills," Kampschroeder said. "I can see my teammates. I trust people. (Lauren) Platou is such a great player, so I do want to get her the ball. I know she can score like she did today.

"But (Dycus) does want me to be more aggressive offensively," the freshman added. "I do have to find my moments."

There were plenty of moments to go around. A Kampschroeder 3-pointer extended the Huskies' lead to 14-9 early in the second quarter, and a little less than two minutes later Kampschroeder found Platou inside for a 21-11 advantage.

A short jumper by sophomore Nikki Kwilosz pushed the lead to 25-11 with 4:09 remaining in the first half.

But Neuqua Valley (6-8, 2-4 DuPage Valley Conference) rallied, closing the first half on an 11-3 run fueled by 3-pointers from 5-5 junior guard Sofia Medina and 5-6 senior Megan Callahan to get within 28-22 at halftime.

"We're this close all year long," Neuqua Valley coach Mike Williams said. "We've been playing every good team right to the wire. We'll figure it out. We're running in a lot of people and playing hard, we just got to figure out how to get over the hump."

A 3-pointer by freshman Piper Fenner put Naperville North (7-7, 3-3) in front 39-26 with 22 seconds left in the third quarter, and the Huskies still led 53-43 with fewer than 45 seconds remaining, but Neuqua Valley made one final push.

The Wildcats got within 53-48 with 17 seconds remaining on a basket by junior Kelly Vonnahme and a 3-pointer by Jada Harvey.

"Harvey did a phenomenal job tonight," Williams said. "She did a good job on defense and made some nice shots on offense. She's come a long way."

However, Platou put back her own missed free throw with 15.1 seconds left to give the Huskies some breathing room.

"Lauren Platou was huge," Dycus said. "She was the toughest girl on the court. She played so tough. She defended and rebounded. It was good to see her break out and have a great game."

Platou finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Naperville North, which also got 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks from 6-5 senior Sadie Jurkovic. Harvey led Neuqua Valley with 13 points and Medina came off the bench to add 8 points.

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