Naperville North finds Fenner in the clutch
Greta Kampschroeder already commands a lot of defensive attention when she is on the basketball court.
Now the opposition is going have to account for Peyton Fenner too.
On Friday morning the Naperville North freshman poured in 17 points to help lead the Huskies to a come from behind 63-57 win over Oswego at the West Aurora Warhawk Tournament.
Fenner's biggest basket came with just over a minute left as her driving layup broke a 55-55 tie.
"One of my goals for this game was to be aggressive," Fenner said. "Greta is an amazing player; I've known her since I was young and I've been waiting to play with her and this team.
"It was a team effort today and that is so important. That's the difference between being a team and being just one great player. One player can win you a game but a team can win you championships. All of us being aggressive not only helps everybody get good shots but it also helps Greta get good shots."
Kampschroeder also came alive over the final two quarters as Naperville North (2-1) overcame a 32-22 halftime deficit. She scored 15 of her game-high 23 points in the second half, including knocking down nine free throws in the fourth quarter.
"We had a lot of fouls in the first half," Kampschroeder said. "We did a better job keeping our hands off (in the second half). And that energy shifted to offense. We moved the ball around and found good shots and we were able to finish. It was a great team win."
Kampschroeder added 16 rebounds, 7 on the offensive end. Fenner also contributed 7 rebounds.
"The biggest factor for us in the second half was our defense," said Naperville North coach Erin Colletti, whose team had a 12-0 spurt in the third quarter. "We put them in the double bonus early (in the first half). So we talked about not bailing them out and playing clean defense. We are a good defensive team, we were just a step slow to react.
"And we picked up our defensive rebounding, that is something we learned from our first two games. Our key to success was to stay clean, control the boards and keep our composure offensively."
The Panthers (1-2) used a 17-0 run to turn a 16-11 deficit into their double-digit lead at halftime. Oswego, which took a 44-39 advantage into the final eight minutes, was led by the 17 points of Angelina Schlinger. McKenna Engler and Jenelle Rogers had 10 points apiece. Rogers also totaled 8 rebounds.