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Wins are one thing, and Crete-Monee coach Christina Cobbins is glad to get them.
Recently for the Warriors, though, playing defense in those wins has been a different story.
“I haven’t seen that kind of defensive pressure we look for over our last five games,” Cobbins said. “We took a five-game break from defense, basically. Although we’ve won, teams have scored an enormous amount of points against us.”
Getting back to basics and using big runs keyed by the defense, Crete-Monee rolled to a 66-47 win over host Joliet West at Monday’s MLK Day of Hoops.
Marsha Howard had a huge day for Crete-Monee (19-2), finishing with 20 points and 16 rebounds while Ashley Henry ended with 15 points and eight rebounds. Howard had 15 points in the first half to Henry’s one, prompting a halftime challenge from Cobbins.
Henry responded in the third, scoring eight points overall as part of Crete’s 13-0 quarter-opening run. A three-point halftime lead turned into a 16-point advantage.
“I couldn’t find the basket early,” Henry said. “The first half I was just quiet, really quiet, so the second half we wanted to extend that lead, and I had to be more vocal.”
Joliet West shot just 1-of-16 from the floor in the third quarter while committing four turnovers.
“Ashley rose to the competition,” Cobbins said. “We try to keep it competitive between Ashley and Marsha, especially in practice, and hopefully, it rolls over into games.”
The Warriors outscored West 19-4 in the third quarter.
“We wanted to extend the lead, but also get back to the things we’d done to get that (big) lead,” Cobbins said. “Bring back that same level of intensity and discipline and finish strong.”
West (5-14) was led by Monica Barefield’s 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting from three-point range. Kailey Foster added seven points and five rebounds for the Tigers.
Joliet West MLK Day of Hoops
Yorkville 64, Lockport 63: Anna Novak’s 17 points led the way for Lockport (8-10). Nora Polaski added 13 points for the Porters and Paige Kooi had 12.
Joliet Central 43, T.F. South 40: Kaitlin Togtman contributed a team-high 11 points for T.F. South (7-12).
Contributing: Josh Krockey