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Deerfield handles Maine East

02/01/2013, 11:34pm CST
By Eric Van Dril

Deerfield forced Maine East into 24 turnovers Friday en route to a 63-37 win.

Deerfield Friday, 2/1/13 Deerfield's Emma Bertrand (22) pulls down a rebound during the second quarter of Friday evening's game against Maine East. Deerfield won the game, 63-37. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media

Deerfield limited the Maine East to just 14 first-half points and forced 24 turnovers in the game en route to a 63-37 blowout victory Friday.

The Warriors’ superb defense was supported by one of the team’s best offensive games of the season.

“To me, that was one of our strongest ones because we kept passing the ball around and we took good shots when we (were) open,” Deerfield freshman Margot Sylvan said. “Usually we hesitate. We just finished our shots today, and we were successful with transition offense.”

Deerfield (8-17, 5-4 CSL North) built a 30-14 lead at halftime thanks in large part to the team’s three-point shooting. Freshman guard Haley Greer scored the game’s first points when she banked in a three-point attempt, and the team’s offensive momentum never stalled in the game. Greer and Sylvan each hit two three-point shots in the first half, and juniors Emma Bertrand and Kathryn Hoffman both drained one apiece.

While Maine East junior Jazlene Gonzalez came out on fire in the third quarter – the point guard scored eight consecutive points to cut Deerfield’s lead to 30-22 – the Warriors answered with a 6-0 run and never again led by fewer than 11 points.

One of Deerfield’s best offensive games of the season was keyed by the team’s pair of freshmen starters, who combined to score 29 points. Greer and Sylvan both used sky-high confidence and four consecutive days of practice to dismantle the Blue Demons.

Greer and Slyvan “are very good shooters,” Deerfield coach Mike Muldrow said. “I think they know they’re good shooters. The work has not been on their confidence, it’s been more on when to take certain shots and how we want them to take those shots. That’s been the work in progress. This week was a really good week because we were able to practice four times this week – it was our only game this week – so we really prepared for Maine East’s zone; what shots we wanted out of it and the pace we wanted to play. They came out really confident.”

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