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Buffalo Grove wants to be known as a defensive team. Monday night they looked like one.
Just 48 hours after giving up a season-high 92 points to Rolling Meadows, the Bison held Deerfield to 16 second half points in defeating the Warriors 53-40 in a nonconference game.
“Giving up 92 points, it’s motivational,” Buffalo Grove’s Bailey North said. “It makes you step back and think ‘what can we do differently?’”
With 2:30 left in the third quarter, it looked as though Buffalo Grove (6-13) hadn’t done much thinking since Saturday. That’s when Deerfield freshman guard Margot Sylvan scored to make it 37-30. But then something clicked for the Bison, as they did not allow another basket for almost eight minutes.
Turning the Warriors (7-14) over on five straight possessions, sophomore guard Julie Jambrone scored seven of her 12 points during a 15-0 run by the Bison. A Jambrone three-point shot gave Buffalo Grove 45-37 lead with 3:50 remaining.
An inside basket by North (20 points , 12 rebounds) made it 49-38 Bison with 1:50 left, sealing the win.
“It was a great opportunity for us to get past Saturday,” Bison coach Steve Kolodziej said. “We believe in these kids. They are fighters and tonight exemplified that.”
Deerfield was led by Sylvan, who scored 17 points. Freshman Haley Greer finished with 13 points, all in the first half.