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Rebounding helps Naperville Central down DeKalb

Trinity Strand and Naperville Central rushed to the boards all night, but Kailey Porter did their part in keeping DeKalb competitive inside.

Porter scored 27 points and took 16 rebounds, but Stang had 14 of the Redhawks’ 40 boards and Naperville Central had three players in double digits in a 60-43 win over the Barbs Tuesday in a DuPage Valley Conference game.

“[Porter] played well, “said DeKalb coach Kelly Gerace, who took over as head coach in the absence of Mark Sykes.” She’s a big part of our team and when she gets the ball and tries to score she can be unstoppable . “

Porter’s monster game was not enough for the Barbs (10-6, 2-2) against the team performance of the Redhawks (9-7, 3-1).

Despite the 14 boards, including nine offensive, Strand finished their second game since December 11 with three points.

“Trinity had one of their better games,” said Redhawks coach Andy Nussbaum. “She played on Saturday, but not since December 11th before. So she hadn’t played in a while. I was really happy with the way she went after the boards.”

After DeKalb scored the first hit, Naperville Central scored the next 10 and never fell behind. The lead peaked at 16 in the first half, but the barbs went back to nine late in the second and were back 37:24 in the third early.

Then Ella Burke exploded from the fast break, turning a couple of her own steals into layups. In the third, she scored eight of her 13 points, all in less than two minutes. It was part of a larger 11-2 run for the Redhawks that increased the lead to over 20 for the first time.

“She’s quick,” said Nussbaum of Burke. “Our children know that she is quick. We played really good team basketball. We tried to get everyone to do what they can. But Ella’s third quarter, four buckets, that’s pretty good. “

Kendall Lenz led the Redhawks at 14 and Aditi Prasad added 12.

Nussbaum said it had been an odd season for the Redhawks, who hadn’t played since December 23. He said that combined with last year’s short season, this adds to the uniqueness.

“It looks like three halves,” said Nussbaum. “But it’s a pretty good start for us in this third half. … I told our kids it was like a fresh start every day. We don’t know. So you have to be flexible and adapt to your circumstances. I thought we did. ” a really nice job of it. “

Naperville Central ended up with a 40-30 edge on the glass, including 18 offensive rebounds.

“We can’t give the other teams a chance,” said Gerace. “We have to have better defensive rebounds. We have to box out a little more and not give the teams two or three chances to score.”

Amina Gray added 10 points for the barbs while Kira Klapprodt had four steals.

“We had a lot of good possession and some possession that we struggled with,” said Gerace. “We gave everything we had for a week off. There is a lot to do and we will work on it again in training tomorrow.”

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