Boys Basketball: Fast start propels Dundee-Crown over Huntley
The Dundee-Crown boys basketball team's opening blitz put Huntley in a hole from the start of Wednesday's 53-34 Fox Valley Conference win in Carpentersville.
The Chargers greeted Huntley with a 12-0 game-opening run and never relented. Senior guard Jack Orndahl scored 17 of his game-high 19 points in the first half as D-C bolted to a 16-2 lead after a quarter and 30-9 at the half.
Orndahl splashed his second 3-pointer of the first quarter to make it a 10-0 lead with 3:35 left. That prompted Huntley coach Will Benson to call timeout but there was no stopping Dundee-Crown (5-1, 2-0), which shot 51.4 percent from the field (19 of 37) and 4 of 10 from 3-point range.
"We kind of set the tone early and I think it carried through to the rest of the game," Orndahl said.
D-C's shooting percentage was indicative of an uncharacteristic defensive performance by Huntley (1-5, 0-2). The Red Raiders struggled offensively as well. They shot 10 of 39 from the field (25.6 percent) and 3 of 18 from 3-point range (16.7 percent).
"We're in a major funk right now offensively," Benson said. "The bigger problem, too, honestly, is we've gotten off to such slow starts. Usually, it's not defensively, though. That was the disappointing part. We got off to a slow start defensively and that just made it worse."