Girls Basketball: Dundee-Crown pounds rival JacobsDundee-Crown's Ali Sanders (11) goes up for a shot, Tuesday, at home vs. Jacobs. | Dave Shields~For Suntimes Media.
Updated: December 6, 2011 10:29PM
The golden rule of three-point shooting certainly applied to Dundee-Crown’s backcourt duo of Ali Sanders and Carlin Faulkner when the Chargers hosted Jacobs Tuesday in a Fox Valley Valley opener.
“You’ve got to keep shooting when you’re on,” Faulkner said.
The Chargers duo started hitting three-pointers almost immediately, and Faulkner finished with five while Sanders had two in a 56-35 victory.
“Carlin Faulker, these last two games, she’s really been hot,” D-C coach Michelle Russell said. “We’ve been trying to get the ball in her hands. She’s been open and she’s hitting them lately.
“Were giving her the green light lately to just go at it with the 3s.”
Faulkner had a game-high 19 points and Sanders added 14 points to lead the way for the Chargers (3-4, 1-0).
“They were in a zone, so it’s much easier to shoot off of, but you’ve got to work hard still and I was just on I guess,” Faulkner said.
Faulkner hit her first three-pointer in the first quarter and Sanders made one in the first quarter as the Chargers pulled out to an 18-11 lead. They led 28-16 at halftime.
“I told them at halftime 12 points isn’t anything,” Russell said. “Anything can happen and we’ve seen it happen, and so they came out the second half and played like they were supposed to.”
Including Faulkner at the three-point stripe. She hit her first three three-point tries in the third quarter and Sanders nailed her first three-point try that quarter as D-C charged out to a 39-20 lead with an 11-4 run.
Faulkner went 5-of-11 from the three-point line for the game and Sanders went 2-for-4.
“They kept extending the defense out (with their 3-point shooting), and it’s hard to defend,” said Jacobs coach Keith Chuipek. “It’s like a three-point team — I’ve had some of those before. Either you live or die by the 3.
“Obviously they knocked their’s down tonight. Other times if they don’t make them then you’re probably going to be in the game.”
The Chargers’ defense made it tough for Jacobs to come up with two-point field goals, let alone three-pointers. Jacobs made no second-quarter field goals and had two in the third quarter. The Golden Eagles were outscored 31-16 those two quarters as they went 2-of-18 from the floor then, after making 5-of-7 in the first quarter.
“We’ve been stressing our defense a lot lately,” Russell said. “It’s really starting to come together.”
D-C, which mad 23-of-60 from the floor (38 percent), got nine points and five rebounds from Diamond Williams and eight points from Jillian Wiechmann.
Jacobs (0-8, 0-1), which had 22 turnovers, took just 36 shots and made 10 (28 percent). Jessica Tennant had 18 points to lead the Golden Eagles.
“I think we’re OK with our seniors,” Chuipek said. “I think we really get hurt with our younger kids.
“And it’s not just that but our overall play from the guard position. ... But we can’t go and play with no baskets like in the (second) quarter.”
The win was the second straight in the rivalry for D-C after several years struggling to beat Jacobs.
“It’s a big rivalry,” Sanders said. “We get our biggest crowd when we play Jacobs and we have a sense of pride when we win.”