Bartlett's boys basketball team wanted to start fast in its regional opener on its home court Monday night.
After a couple of early hiccups, it was mission accomplished. The Hawks raced to a 17-5 lead after one quarter and coasted to a 71-42 victory over Glenbard North in the Class 4A Bartlett regional.
Austin Gates led 4 Hawks in double figures with 14 points.
Bartlett (15-12) built some momentum heading into Wednesday's matchup with Batavia.
"It was definitely nice to start the playoffs off hot, get up early and basically just get the team rolling for Wednesday night," Gates said. "We need a good practice tomorrow and then we need to come out the same way we came out tonight."
Both teams went scoreless for about 3 minutes, but the Hawks quickly built an 8-0 lead and never looked back. The lead ballooned to 41-15 by halftime. Despite a couple of sloppy stretches in the second half, the Hawks were never seriously threatened.
"One of the big things we really wanted to focus on was getting off to a good start on our home court," said Bartlett coach Jim Wolfsmith. "I thought the first couple of possessions at the beginning of the game were a little bit rough, but we found the inside of the lane and got some easy baskets. They played really good defense in the first quarter and built the kind of lead you want to start a game off with."
Ben Tompson added 13 points and Ben Fisher and Garrett Jurina contributed 12 apiece for Bartlett.
Led by Fisher and Jurina with 6 rebounds each, the Hawks dominated the backboards, 39-15. They also forced 20 turnovers.
It was a chance for everyone to see action at least one more time on their home court. Twelve different players scored for Bartlett.
Andrew Wolf had 3 points and 5 rebounds, and Nick Wolf chipped in 4 points off the bench.
Kris Bulseco finished with 16 points and Lee Rady added 14 for Glenbard North. Tony Wilder had 6 points and 5 rebounds, but the Panthers could never dig out of the big hole.