Girls Basketball: Naperville North defense stops Glenbard WestNaperville North's Shannon Bushman (30), nails the open jumper over Glenbard West's Natalie Noland (33) on Saturday December 17, 2011 at Naperville North High School. | Terence Guider-Shaw~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 17, 2011 11:05PM
Naperville North used an aggressive defense to defeat Glenbard West 42-33 Saturday night in Naperville.
The Huskies (8-5) forced 26 turnovers as they moved to 3-0 in the Naperville North-Benet Holiday Tournament.
“We just starting doing our extended two-three zone, and it’s been great for us,” said senior guard Shannon Bushman. “We’re really active in it. We’re getting some great turnovers and making the other teams have to work for their points.”
The Huskies’ disruptive defense led to easy points on the other end.
“Anytime our defense is good, I see instant gratification on the offensive end. We were able to push the floor, run the floor and score. That was super helpful for us tonight,” said Naperville North Coach Jacquie Discipio.
Freshman guard Kayla Sharples turned two steals into easy lay-ups late in the fourth quarter as the Huskies pulled away from the Hilltoppers. Sharples scored eight of her 14 point total points in the final frame.
“Kayla is one of the most athletic girls that I’ve ever seen. She has great natural basketball instincts, she knows the game,” said Discipio. “Once we get her underneath the basket, she goes up strong, so she’s either going to go the line or make the basket, so its a good thing either way.”
Bushman led the Huskies with 15 points. The senior got off to a quick start, scoring the first eight points for the Huskies.
“When we first started, we were just moving the ball around well. The girls we’re doing a great job at making shots available for me, so it was just easy to put it in,” said Bushman.
Junior center Caitlin Stone led Glenbard West with 10 points and six rebounds. Junior forward Natalie Noland added eight points.