Grayslake Norths 3-point shooting sinks Hampshire
Faster than you can say, "Jen, Becky, Nikki and Tricia Dumoulin," Grayslake North sophomore Emily Dugan was jacking up 3-pointers during a frenzied fourth quarter in a Fox Valley Fox Division basketball game.
Hampshire coach Ed Haugens didn't have a problem with it.
"A loss is a loss," Haugens said with a shrug after Dugan came off the bench to score a career-high 21 points on seven 3s in Grayslake North's 68-52 win over the visiting Whip-Purs on Wednesday night.
Dugan hit her fourth 3-pointer of the fourth quarter in the final half-minute, with the Knights up 13 points.
"Give them credit," Haugens said. "It's not only her, but a whole bunch of them can hit 3s. They did a nice job. I thought we played great in spurts. I thought we did some good things."
Grayslake North (23-2, 10-0) did a lot of good things to help offset the 18 points Hampshire (9-14, 4-6) received from Jen Dumoulin and the 15 provided by Emma Benoit. Cousin Becky Dumoulin along with Jen's sisters Nikki and Tricia combined for 9 points. Sara Finn added 8 points coming off the bench.
Specially, Grayslake North shot the 3-ball well, going 12 of 20 from beyond the arc.
Knights coach Nate Flannery didn't mind seeing Dugan shoot and score and score and score and score in the fourth.
After all, Flannery's other Emily — Stinner — also hit a pair of 3s in the final quarter. She and Dugan helped the Knights blow open a game that saw them up only 43-36 in the closing seconds of the third. That's when usual-bomber Kendall Detweiler (9 points) sank a 16-footer and then swiped the inbounds pass and scooped in a layup to beat the buzzer.
On the night, Grayslake North also got 3-pointers from Detweiler, Brittney Thibeaux and Jordyn Bowen.
"I loved it," Flannery said. "We've been so much of an inside team, and shooting from the perimeter has kind of been an issue. With (Dugan) and Kendall (hitting shots from the perimeter), it prevents people from packing it in inside against Brittney and Jo (Guhl) down low."
Thibeaux finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 2 steals. She was the main reason why the Knights played from in front essentially the whole night. Fellow 6-footer Guhl tallied 10 points.
"The thing that's good about their team is they've got a perfect mixture," Haugens said. "If you want to take away their inside game, they got the outside game. It's like, pick your poison."
"We had our transition offense going a little bit," Flannery said. "(Hampshire) plays well defensively. We had to make a lot of perimeter shots to put up points."
On Tuesday night, Grayslake North had broken the school record it set last season for wins in a season. The Knights' next goal is to wrap up the FVC Fox title. They host Crystal Lake Central on Saturday afternoon, before visiting Grayslake Central on Tuesday night.
"The girls deserve all the credit in the world," Flannery said of the school-record win total. "I'm happy for them, but at the same time, we have more goals. It was a nice moment (Tuesday night), but we've moved on, and now we're trying to finish out the conference season well."
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