Wheaton Warrenville South defeated crosstown rival Wheaton North on Saturday Feb. 20. The Tigers beat the Falcons 41-35 in their biggest game of the season.
Jaylen Brown helped the Tigers get of to a fast start after he drilled back to back threes early in the first quarter. Jaylen said, “The fast start definitely helped us out a ton. It has been something we haven’t been doing consistently in our previous games.”
The Tigers defense was the difference in this game. Despite only shooting 4-16 in the second half they were able to put Wheaton North away. Connor Haake on Wheaton North was hot in the first half as he had 11 points. In the second half Wheaton South held him to just three points which was a big factor on why they won. The Tigers aggravating full court trap just wore down the Falcons as they only scored 12 points in the second half.
Brown said, “We have relied on our defense all season long because you aren’t always going to be on fire offensively but you can always control your effort and hustle on defense.” According to the Daily Herald, Coach Healy added, “Defensively we found a way to make plays at the end.” This has been the recipe of success for the Tigers throughout the season.
Parker Brown led the Tigers with a game high of 16 points. He also tacked on 11 boards as he was consistently crashing the glass. Coach Healy told the Daily Herald, “Find somebody that plays harder than he [Parker Brown] does.”
Because of Parker’s natural scoring ability his defense may be overlooked as he is a scrappy defender who consistently plays hard and gets rebounds for Wheaton Warrenville South. Tyler Fawcett added 10 points and a big bucket to help put the game away in crunch time.
The Tigers will cherish the glorious victory but they have a quick turnaround as they play Batavia at home Sunday, Feb. 21.