Schaumburg eases past St. Francis

 
 
Updated 12/10/2018 9:54 PM
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  • St. Francis' Julia Mills, left, and Schaumburg's Vicky Aguirre battle for the ball during varsity girls basketball at Coach Peg Kopec Court on the campus of St. Francis High School in Wheaton Monday night.

      St. Francis' Julia Mills, left, and Schaumburg's Vicky Aguirre battle for the ball during varsity girls basketball at Coach Peg Kopec Court on the campus of St. Francis High School in Wheaton Monday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg's Vicky Aguirre takes the ball to the net during varsity girls basketball at Coach Peg Kopec Court on the campus of St. Francis High School in Wheaton Monday night.

      Schaumburg's Vicky Aguirre takes the ball to the net during varsity girls basketball at Coach Peg Kopec Court on the campus of St. Francis High School in Wheaton Monday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • St. Francis' Katelin Chaparro brings the ball up against Schaumburg during varsity girls basketball at Coach Peg Kopec Court on the campus of St. Francis High School in Wheaton Monday night.

      St. Francis' Katelin Chaparro brings the ball up against Schaumburg during varsity girls basketball at Coach Peg Kopec Court on the campus of St. Francis High School in Wheaton Monday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • St. Francis' Ashley Sullivan , right, shoots past Schaumburg's Ariana Doroskin during varsity girls basketball at Coach Peg Kopec Court on the campus of St. Francis High School in Wheaton Monday night.

      St. Francis' Ashley Sullivan , right, shoots past Schaumburg's Ariana Doroskin during varsity girls basketball at Coach Peg Kopec Court on the campus of St. Francis High School in Wheaton Monday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg's Jackie Drs moves past St. Francis'  Megan Kruse during varsity girls basketball at Coach Peg Kopec Court on the campus of St. Francis High School in Wheaton Monday night.

      Schaumburg's Jackie Drs moves past St. Francis' Megan Kruse during varsity girls basketball at Coach Peg Kopec Court on the campus of St. Francis High School in Wheaton Monday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • From left, St. Francis' Shannon Cooney reaches with Schaumburg's Megan Luecht for a rebound as Schaumburg's Alyssa Orozco keeps eyes on the action during varsity girls basketball at Coach Peg Kopec Court on the campus of St. Francis High School in Wheaton Monday night.

      From left, St. Francis' Shannon Cooney reaches with Schaumburg's Megan Luecht for a rebound as Schaumburg's Alyssa Orozco keeps eyes on the action during varsity girls basketball at Coach Peg Kopec Court on the campus of St. Francis High School in Wheaton Monday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg's Ariana Doroskin takes a shot during varsity girls basketball at Coach Peg Kopec Court on the campus of St. Francis High School in Wheaton Monday night.

      Schaumburg's Ariana Doroskin takes a shot during varsity girls basketball at Coach Peg Kopec Court on the campus of St. Francis High School in Wheaton Monday night. Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

Schaumburg freshman Alyssa Orozco was under orders from girls basketball coach Jacqie Strauch on Monday. She didn't disobey.

"Coach tells me to shoot the ball, so I shoot it," Orozco said.

Following her coach's orders, Orozco led Schaumburg with 11 points, and the Saxons (5-6) cruised to a 53-30 nonconference victory in Wheaton.

"She's a kid who knows how to score," Strauch said. "As a freshman she was hesitant to be up on varsity. And I said, 'You know how to score the basketball. We'll help you with everything else.' And that's where we're at right now, and she's doing what she's supposed to do."

Like a smart underclassman, Orozco passed the credit to her teammates.

"Everyone was passing the ball and we got wide-open shots and layups," Orozco said.

St. Francis never led, but the Spartans did tie the game at 6-6 in the first quarter. The Saxons' lead hit double digits at the start of the third quarter on a layup by junior guard Katie Smith. Schaumburg took a 35-21 lead on a Meghan Luecht putback, but the Spartans cut the lead to 7.

That was as close as the Saxons let the game get. They closed the third period with a Jackie Drs putback at the buzzer that gave Schaumburg a 37-22 lead.

"We weren't hitting shots in the beginning, so I think we teetered back and forth there for a second," Strauch said. "Then once we started going to the basket and took advantage of our size with (6-foot-2 center Vicky Aguirre), getting some dumps into her. And even if she missed, our offensive boards saved us today. We got after the offensive boards, I think, and were able to get some putbacks and finally get to the line a bit."

Aguirre added 8 points for the Saxons.

The lack of offense stood out for St. Francis (2-7). The Spartans made just 10 of 43 shots. It didn't get much better at the free-throw line, where they made 6 of 15.

"Shooting, offensive rotation was a huge problem for us," Spartans coach Sandy De Craene said. "We played so well against Rosary (Thursday), with our movement and our passing and our intensity. And it wasn't there today. We paid the price."

Junior guard Katelin Chapparo led the Spartans with 12 points.

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