Naperville North has winning formula against Naperville Central

  • Naperville Central's Lauren Umbright and Naperville North's Greta Kampschroeder battle for position in a basketball game in Naperville Friday.

      Naperville Central's Lauren Umbright and Naperville North's Greta Kampschroeder battle for position in a basketball game in Naperville Friday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Central's Sara Opalka drives into the Naperville North defense in a basketball game in Naperville Friday.

      Naperville Central's Sara Opalka drives into the Naperville North defense in a basketball game in Naperville Friday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Central's Karly Maida drives against Naperville North's Peyton Fenner in a basketball game in Naperville Friday.

      Naperville Central's Karly Maida drives against Naperville North's Peyton Fenner in a basketball game in Naperville Friday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Central's Gabriella Melby bumps Naperville North's Abby Drendel in a basketball game in Naperville Friday.

      Naperville Central's Gabriella Melby bumps Naperville North's Abby Drendel in a basketball game in Naperville Friday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Central's Katlyn Allen fights for a rebound against Naperville North's Sarah Lockridge in a basketball game in Naperville Friday.

      Naperville Central's Katlyn Allen fights for a rebound against Naperville North's Sarah Lockridge in a basketball game in Naperville Friday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville North's Sarah Lockridge passes under pressure from Naperville Central's Karly Maida in a basketball game in Naperville Friday.

      Naperville North's Sarah Lockridge passes under pressure from Naperville Central's Karly Maida in a basketball game in Naperville Friday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville North's Greta Kampschroeder gets a rebound against Naperville Central in a basketball game in Naperville Friday.

      Naperville North's Greta Kampschroeder gets a rebound against Naperville Central in a basketball game in Naperville Friday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Central's Emily Spisak tries to stop Naperville North's Abby Drendel in a basketball game in Naperville Friday.

      Naperville Central's Emily Spisak tries to stop Naperville North's Abby Drendel in a basketball game in Naperville Friday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville North's Greta Kampschroeder fights for a rebound with Naperville Central's Lauren Umbright in a basketball game in Naperville Friday.

      Naperville North's Greta Kampschroeder fights for a rebound with Naperville Central's Lauren Umbright in a basketball game in Naperville Friday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville North's Greta Kampschroeder loses control of her shot against Naperville Central's Lauren Umbright in a basketball game in Naperville Friday.

      Naperville North's Greta Kampschroeder loses control of her shot against Naperville Central's Lauren Umbright in a basketball game in Naperville Friday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville North's Layla Henderson passes under pressure from Naperville Central's Gabriella Melby and Sara Opalka in a basketball game in Naperville Friday.

      Naperville North's Layla Henderson passes under pressure from Naperville Central's Gabriella Melby and Sara Opalka in a basketball game in Naperville Friday. John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
By Scott Schmid
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 12/13/2019 10:01 PM

Heading into the cross-town matchup Friday, one of Naperville North's goals was to have its defense lead to offense.

After a slow start, that is exactly what transpired.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Overcoming an early deficit, the Huskies prevailed 57-41 over Naperville Central in the DuPage Valley Conference girls basketball opener for both teams.

Trailing by as many as 7 points in the first quarter, the visitors held the Redhawks (5-3, 0-1) to 10 or fewer points in each of the remaining periods.

"We know they have great shooters," Naperville North coach Erin Colletti said, "and we know they can shoot from 10 feet behind the arc. At the start they hit some open 3s. We talked about that we had to match up with them and we did a lot better in the second quarter.

"That was so fun, it's an awesome atmosphere to play in the cross-town."

Freshman Abby Drendel scored 8 points during that second quarter when Naperville North turned the tide. Her late 3-pointer gave the Huskies a 27-24 lead heading into halftime.

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"It feels amazing," Drendel said. "I've never had a win this exciting. This is probably the best team I've ever played on, we have a ton of energy. I love it."

Greta Kampschroeder topped all scorers with 22 points, 7 of which she poured in during the fourth quarter when her team slowly pulled away. Naperville North (6-2, 1-0) took a 5-point margin into the final eight minutes as it held Naperville Central to just four field goals in the second half.

"It all starts with our defense," said Kampschroeder, who added 10 rebounds and 3 steals. "We've been really working on that all season. We kept our energy up and we were able to shut them down. It was about making sure we knew where their shooters were at. We just believed in ourselves the whole time."

Karly Maida led a balanced Redhawks scoring output with 9 points, knocking down a trio of 3-pointers. Gabi Melby and Lauren Umbright had 8 apiece.

"I thought we played pretty well," said Naperville Central coach Andy Nussbaum, whose team pulled within 2 points in the fourth quarter. "We had a chance to win. We are the kind of team that if we miss one or two shots, and pardon the pun, it is tough to rebound. We don't have the length that they do. They are tall and long. And the other thing is it's tough to simulate that in practice."

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