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Naperville North's Bryan LoLordo finds an open teammate to pass to while driving through the Wheaton Warrenville defense on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Naperville North High School in Naperville IL. | Terence Guider-Shaw~For Sun-Times Media
All coaches, even Naperville North’s Jeff Powers, would probably readily admit they would love to have a true “go-to-guy.”
But what his team lacks in a true superstar, it makes up for it and then some behind using true team efforts.
Showing off the balance that has defined the program recently, nine different men scored for Naperville North in its 57-49 victory over Wheaton Warrenville South on Tuesday night in Naperville.
The Huskies’ leading scorer on the season entering Tuesday with 14.9 points, senior Derek Westman, led the Huskies with a team-high 15 points while senior Bryan LoLordo was the team’s only other double-digit scorer, chipping in with 10.
“We need the balance. We need everyone on every day to come out and play hard because every day, someone else can go off,” Westman said. “We all have talent and we all have different talents and in order to beat these teams, we need to have a balanced attack because we don’t have a tall person. So we need to have a balanced attack every time.”
Turning a three-point halftime lead into a lead as large as 14 points in the second half, the Huskies started to get some separation in the third as they brought a seven-point lead into the fourth.
“(The Tigers’) zone is difficult. They swarm the ball. It seems like they’re everywhere,” Westman said. “You just gotta … third quarter, we started to find this hole around the free-throw line and we started to attack that, get some inside passes and start getting some scores.”
Naperville North (15-6, 6-3 DuPage Valley) had seven different players score in the first half. To expound on that balance, six different Huskies were responsible for their first six field goals on the night.
Coming off the bench, junior Brendan Herbstritt and senior J.P. Riley combined to score all 13 second-quarter points for the Huskies.
After Riley hit a pair of three-pointers to open the Huskies’ scoring in the second, Herbstritt went on a personal 7-0 run to help turn a 17-16 Huskie lead into a 24-16 advantage before the Tigers closed the half by scoring five straight points to go into halftime trailing 24-21.
“That’s why we use them. Both of them are really, really good shooters and when they come in, they know what they’re supposed to do,” Powers said. “They’re supposed to light it up and they did. They were huge in the second quarter, give us a little boost there because Wheaton Warrenville South team is vastly improved since we played them the last time.”
Matt Kienzle had 13 of his game-high 21 points in the first half for Wheaton Warrenville South (5-16, 1-8 DuPage Valley).