Girls basketball dominates against DeKalb on Senior Night

The Naperville North High School varsity girls basketball team defeated DeKalb High School on Thursday, Jan. 26.

The Huskies (18-9) beat the Barbs (11-13) with a final score of 59-12.

The Huskies came out strong, scoring 20 points in the first quarter alone and not allowing a point for the Barbs. Heading into the break, the Huskies lead 37-5. Senior Gabby Panek explains why the Huskies were so successful.

“We’re just able to communicate well [and], talk, and pass it well, [and] I think we all came together tonight,” Panek said.

The Huskies maintained their strong momentum throughout the second half. They put 16 points up in the 3rd quarter and allowed only seven points. NNHS Head Coach Erin Colletti notes that it was the defense that propelled the offense.

“Our defense was going to create our offense. The first time around we forced a lot of turnovers… and then capitalize off their turnovers. And [so] that was the plan,” Colletti said.  

With the season winding down, the team honored their seniors for their dedication to the program throughout their athletic careers. The Huskies honored six players and their team manager: Celia Wroble, Gabby Panek, Layla Henderson, Abby Drendel, Peyton Fenner and Abby Homan and Bella Wheeler. The team celebrates their accomplishments and what they have done for the orange and blue. Fenner comments on the feelings she has toward graduating from the program. 

“It’s kind of surreal to have everything up when [like] I for the last [like] three years, I’ve been setting it up for other people,” Fenner said.

Although this was senior night, some players didn’t feel the emotions hit quite yet. The team will be hosting a regional IHSA tournament early next month. Fenner emphasizes the point that this isn’t the end of the Huskies at home.

“We’re like, ‘oh we have regionals at home’, so we’ll have one more game here,” Fenner said.

The team will play their next game on Friday, Feb. 3 against Metea Valley High School. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Metea Valley High School.