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Lincoln-Way North senior guard Denton Wallace hit three three-pointers in a fifty second span late in the second quarter to break open what was a six-point game at the time and fuel the Phoenix to a 71-41 victory over host Lincoln-Way West in Southwest Suburban conference action Friday night.
Wallace finished with a game-high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting (5 of 9 from three) while teammate Daryle Morgan added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Phoenix (11-7, 3-2). Junior forward Hayden Witt led West with 16 points on 5-of-19 shooting and was the only Warrior to score in double figures.
“We really stressed and worked on our fast-break in practice this week,” North coach John Terry said. “We were pushing the ball up and then had Denton running the right side of the floor and hitting shots.”
Wallace’s first trey on the night came with fifteen seconds left in the first that gave North a 12-8 lead after one quarter.
A driving layup by West’s Luke Horvath (8 points) pulled the Warriors to within eight at 21-13 with 2:53 left in the half and later West cut the deficit to six before Wallace’s outburst.
Wallace’s first of three straight treys pushed the lead up to 24-15 with 1:20 remaining in the half. Wallace then connected on each of the next two possessions and quickly the lead grew to 30-17 with thirty seconds left before halftime.
“We had been working on the break in practice and I was knocking down the shots,” Wallace said. “I was in a groove once I hit my first.”
A pair of Witt free-throws cut the North lead to 37-26 with 4:45 left in the third but that was as close as West (1-13, 0-4) would get.
Morgan’s strip, steal and dunk made it 58-35 with four minutes left in the game and put the exclamation on the victory.
“Those three three’s were the ballgame,” West coach Jon White said. “My kids are getting a taste of varsity basketball but I was excited in glimpses.”