'Flying Tigers': WW South soars past St. Charles North

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) plays the ball in the post against St. Charles North's Jude Love (5) and Brady Rasso (11) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) plays the ball in the post against St. Charles North's Jude Love (5) and Brady Rasso (11) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

  • St. Charles North's Jude Love (5) shoots the ball in the post over Wheaton Warrenville South's Danny Healy (11) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

    St. Charles North's Jude Love (5) shoots the ball in the post over Wheaton Warrenville South's Danny Healy (11) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

  • St. Charles North's Ned Hayes shoots a three pointer over Wheaton Warrenville South's Rourke Robinson during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

    St. Charles North's Ned Hayes shoots a three pointer over Wheaton Warrenville South's Rourke Robinson during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Rourke Robinson (3) shoots a three pointer against St. Charles North during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Rourke Robinson (3) shoots a three pointer against St. Charles North during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Danny Healy (11) drives to the basket against St. Charles North's Ned Hayes (3) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Danny Healy (11) drives to the basket against St. Charles North's Ned Hayes (3) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Rourke Robinson (3) shoots a baseline floater over St. Charles North's Steven Litteral (34) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Rourke Robinson (3) shoots a baseline floater over St. Charles North's Steven Litteral (34) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

  • St. Charles North's Ethan Marlowe (1) shoots the ball in the paint over Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

    St. Charles North's Ethan Marlowe (1) shoots the ball in the paint over Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

  • St. Charles North's Ethan Marlowe (1) plays the ball in the post against Wheaton Warrenville South's Bray Meredith (25) and Rourke Robinson (3) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

    St. Charles North's Ethan Marlowe (1) plays the ball in the post against Wheaton Warrenville South's Bray Meredith (25) and Rourke Robinson (3) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) drives to the basket against St. Charles North during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) drives to the basket against St. Charles North during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) shoots a three pointer over St. Charles North's Jude Love (5) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) shoots a three pointer over St. Charles North's Jude Love (5) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Colin Moore (10) steals the ball from St. Charles North's Justin Hughes (22) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Colin Moore (10) steals the ball from St. Charles North's Justin Hughes (22) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Colin Moore (10) shoots a free-throw against St. Charles North during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Colin Moore (10) shoots a free-throw against St. Charles North during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

  • Wheaton Warrenville South's Colin Moore (10) plays the ball on the wing against St. Charles North's Ethan Marlowe (1) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

    Wheaton Warrenville South's Colin Moore (10) plays the ball on the wing against St. Charles North's Ethan Marlowe (1) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

  • St. Charles North's Ethan Marlowe (1) shoots the ball over Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

    St. Charles North's Ethan Marlowe (1) shoots the ball over Wheaton Warrenville South's Tyler Fawcett (23) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

  • St. Charles North's Max L. Love (21) shoots a three pointer over Wheaton Warrenville South's Bray Meredith (25) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

    St. Charles North's Max L. Love (21) shoots a three pointer over Wheaton Warrenville South's Bray Meredith (25) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

  • St. Charles North's Ned Hayes (3) drives to the basket against Wheaton Warrenville South's Bray Meredith (25) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

    St. Charles North's Ned Hayes (3) drives to the basket against Wheaton Warrenville South's Bray Meredith (25) during a basketball game at Wheaton Warrenville South High School on Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

 
By Jake Bartleson
Shaw Media
Updated 12/3/2021 10:55 PM

St. Charles North missed its first 13 shots until Max Love finally put one in the basket with 2:07 left in the first half Friday.

During Wheaton Warrenville South's ultimate 50-23 victory over the North Stars to open DuKane Conference play, the North Stars didn't even get on the scoreboard until junior center Steven Litteral hit one free throw two minutes prior.

 

At one point the North Stars had more turnovers (12) than field-goal attempts (10). By the half, they trailed 29-8. Seven of those points were from Love.

That all can be attributed to the style of harassing defense Tigers coach Mike Healy expects from his group.

"Coach Healy really preaches 'got to fly around' defense," said Tigers senior guard Matt Sommerdyke, who had 7 points and 3 rebounds. "Sometimes, your shots aren't going to fall; sometimes guys aren't going to be on that are on. Tonight, we could've done some things better offensively, but I think defensively, we really showed who we are. We got a lot of things to get better on, but it's still early in the season."

Healy, too, had to admit it, "We were flying around."

"We may not have been in the supposed right spots in ball press, (but) kids were flying around," Healy said. "They were making shots difficult; they were making kids put the ball on the floor. Their effort was great. I hope we can learn from it because that was as good an effort as we've had all year defensively. Hopefully, that becomes kind of a staple for us."

Love, for his part, couldn't remember being a part of a scoreless offensive team output like the North Stars experienced.

"You just can't let it bother you," Love said following his 7-point, 4-rebound performance. "You got to keep playing and figure out how to win out of that. We didn't, but that's what we're looking to do in the future."

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The North Stars (2-3, 0-1) bring back a heavily experienced starting lineup headlined by Max and Jude Love, Ethan Marlowe and Justin Hughes.

That group was held to 2 of 16 in that ugly first half.

"Hats of to Wheaton South; they were tougher. They were more organized," North Stars coach Tom Poulin said. "Their aggressiveness put us on their heels. We didn't react real well. We weren't able to execute the game plan that we had at the level that it needed to be executed. We kind of got out of our comfort zone."

"Everything was caused by Wheaton South," Poulin added. "They're a fantastic basketball team and our job now is to improve to the point where (when) we see them at our place, it's a different story."

It's a quick turnaround for them, as they'll face South Elgin on Saturday.

" ... We're going to go out there; give 110%. Always communicate to each other, watch film to get more dialed (in) in practice. Stay focused; focus on the little things and just figure out how to win," Love said.

WW South (5-0, 1-0) earned solid contributions from a variety of players including Tyler Fawcett, Colin Moore, Rourke Robinson and Danny Healy.

"We had a great game plan coming in; we had a full week off," Sommerdyke said. "We had a (good amount of time) to talk about their star players like Ethan Marlowe and (Max) Love. The crowd (being) there was just a big difference than last year."

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