ROCHELLE – DeKalb’s offense was in a nice rhythm all evening.
The Barbs moved the ball around in Friday night’s game against Rochelle. They found the open player and shot the ball with success.
Five different players – Brittney Patrick, Alexis Hammond, Paige Wogen, Madelyne Johnson and Ashlei Lopez helped contribute early, combining to score DeKalb’s first 10 points of the game.
It was a nice, relatively easy 54-38 win for DeKalb, which improved to 11-6 and 4-1 in Northern Illinois Big 12 East play.
“Our 3s came in rhythm instead of one girl just picking it up and shooting,” Barbs coach Chris Davenport said. “The first half, offensively we were more efficient than we’ve probably been all year, in the halfcourt.”
Johnson led DeKalb with a game-high 20 points while Patrick added 17, including three 3-pointers. Lopez contributed eight points and Wogen finished with five.
Patrick was able to run the point well as the Barbs moved the ball around. DeKalb had its share of open 3-point attempts that weren’t contested by Rochelle (5-12, 1-3 NI Big 12 East) defenders.
“Coach (Mark) Sykes and I just keep telling them about spacing. Be in the right spots, looking to the short corner, looking to the high post against a zone,” Davenport said. “That seems to help our movement because we’re in the right spots. A lot of times we get too tight, we can’t see anybody.”
Davenport said his team hasn’t had a problem getting open shots all year. However, putting the ball in the basket has been a problem at times. The Barbs shot only 1 of 25 from 3-point range in a loss to Rockford Boylan less than a week ago, but started off hot and went 5 for 19 Friday.
Both Davenport and Patrick said the team’s shooting just comes down to confidence.
“All of it. Some of us just get down on ourselves, we need to pick each other up,” Patrick said. “When we do that it’s just knock down after knock down.”
The Barbs’ record isn’t extremely impressive due to the tough non-conference schedule they’ve played. DeKalb is still right in the thick of the conference race and Friday, everything started to go right before the game even began.
“We just came together before the game, we were all laughing, you know. We just played as one,” Patrick said. “Defense was really good, and so was offense. Offense just clicked, we just kept it going all game.”
Barbs-Hubs boys game postponed: There was originally supposed to be a doubleheader Friday night, with the DeKalb and Rochelle girls teams taking the floor at 5:30 p.m. before the boys tipped off at 7.
However, following the girls contest, it was announced that the boys game would be postponed, thanks to the bad road conditions due to the weather.
A makeup date has not been decided on. The boys team didn’t find out about the postponement until they were getting ready to go on the floor. DeKalb has not had a game since Dec. 29, when the Barbs beat Geneseo in their final game of the Chuck Dayton Tournament.
DeKalb is scheduled to play at Chicago Vocational at 3 p.m. Saturday.
“They were disappointed, they were ready to play,” DeKalb coach Dave Rohlman said. “It’s been a long spell without a game, so they were really looking forward to playing.”