Glenbrook South's crisp passing earns win over Glenbrook North
Glenbrook South's first basket, an inside shot by Christina Korompilas courtesy of Anna Rosenberger's pass in the lane, established a pattern.
On top of the four 3-pointers senior guard Sidney Rogers effortlessly swished seemingly whenever the mood struck her, the Titans majored in making the extra pass.
Glenbrook South's distribution of the basketball led to across-the-board scoring and a 59-29 Central Suburban League South victory over previously unbeaten rival Glenbrook North Tuesday in Northbrook.
Glenbrook South (7-0, 1-0) got 5 assists apiece from guards Chloe Gonzalez and Gina Davorija, but they were not alone.
"I'm very proud of the girls, this was a complete team effort. Our passing is crisp, and that's who we are," Korompilas said. The junior forward made 6 of 7 field goal tries and scored 13 points all in a first half the Titans led 40-12.
Rogers led all scorers with 14 points, sinking all of her shots and both free throws. Davorija added 10 points as each Titans starter scored at least 6.
"We're a very selfless team," Korompilas said. "We play together, there's no individual. A hundred percent, our motto this week is 'We over me,' and we are absolutely living up to that expectation."
Pushed to the perimeter by the Titan man-to-man defense, Glenbrook North (4-1, 0-1) held within 6-3 on a pair of Bryce Wolfe free throws and another from Megan Walther. Glenbrook South went on a 17-2 run to lead 23-5 after one quarter.
"We didn't really want to rush anything on offense. And then things just kind of opened up," said Spartans coach Nick Capalbo.
"Sid hit some big 3s, they got some transition buckets, and it kind of just led to ... not good."
The second quarter continued like the first, Korompilas scoring 3 inside baskets and senior Amanda Karavites coming off the bench for 2.
Glenbrook South shot 16 of 23 from the floor in the first half, and 5 of 7 in the third quarter to post a 54-21 lead.
"The coaches and the girls have so far really spent a lot of time talking about just trying to share the ball really well, and kind of have that ball popping around a lot. Just keep the defense off balance," said Titans coach Scott Nemecek.
"We have a lot of girls that are capable of scoring, so let's not let the defense settle in on one or two people. Let's spread it out and spread the wealth a little bit," he said.
Glenbrook North, led by Walther and Caitlyn Ethen each with 7 points, got more active in the second half and collected 14 offensive rebounds for the game, 4 by Ethen.
Sophomore guard Jamie de Guzman scored 5 points in the third quarter and forward Celestina Onyeise scored twice and had a steal late. But like Capalbo said, Glenbrook South was in juggernaut mode.
"In the past couple games that we played we came out a lot stronger defensively," said Wolf, a senior guard. "So hopefully next time we can prove we're a better defensive team than we were tonight."