Girls basketball: Metea eases past Naperville North
By Neil Shalin For Sun-Times Media November 13, 2012 10:40PM
Naperville North defenders surround Metea Valley's Nia Flowers on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, in Aurora. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 15, 2012 6:14AM
All in all, Tuesday was a good opening night for the Metea Valley girls basketball team; for visiting Naperville North, not so good.
The Mustangs jumped out to an 18-7 first-quarter lead. They increased that to 31-14 at halftime, and cruised to a 58-34 win over the Huskies.
The Huskies did not score a field goal in the second quarter.
The much taller Mustangs had an edge on the boards and showed a balanced scoring attack with four starters scoring in double figures as they dominated the game from beginning to end.
“We did a nice job of looking to score,” said Metea Valley coach Kris Kalivas. “We came out with good energy and good hustle and worked hard from start to finish. Defensively, we still have some stuff to clean up. We have to cut down on the fouls and hit the boards a little better.”
Metea’s Nia Flowers, a transfer from Montini, led all scorers with 16 including a pair of three-pointers.
Bria Walker had 12, Anna Petersen scored 11 and added nine rebounds and Lori Obendorf registered 10 points.
“Anna did a nice job of taking the ball to the basket,” said Kalivas. “Bria did a great job scoring in transition. Jenny Voytell will be another scoring option for us when she gets her legs under her.”
Voytell, who came up with three steals, is a transfer from Neuqua Valley.
It was a disappointing start for the Huskies who go into the season with a great deal of optimism.
“Metea Valley is a good team,” said Naperville North coach Jacquie Discipio. “But when you fall behind by that much in the first quarter you’re in trouble. Our defense started in a funk, and when that happened we couldn’t get the offense going. Our free throw shooting (13-32) will give me nightmares. A first game like that is disappointing for a coach, but we have a lot of potential. Tonight, we just weren’t working together.”
Discipio praised Lauren LoL0rdo who led the Huskies with 13 points including three three-pointers.
“LoLordo did a good job of leading us tonight,” said Discipio. “She’s been our most consistent player.”
Zoe Swift added 11 points for the Huskies and Kayla Sharples had a game-high 11 rebounds.