MORRIS — It took a little while Tuesday night for the Yorkville girls basketball team's offense to get going in a Northern Illinois Big 12 East matchup with Morris.
But, once the Foxes got going, they didn't stop. Yorkville (14-3, 6-1) outscored Morris 31-18 in the second and third quarters en route to a 54-36 victory.
"We did a pretty good job of keeping things at our pace in the first quarter," Morris coach Kate Carey said. "But, we let them choose the speed of the game after that and it wasn't very pretty.
"They did a good job of taking Mya [Shannon] away. We didn't execute very well when they did that."
Morris kept things close early on, playing a deliberate style of offense and a tight defense. Midway through the first quarter, Yorkville owned just a 4-3 lead before Lauren Daffenberg, who led all scorers with 22 points, converted a three-point play to put the Foxes ahead 7-3. At the 1:00 mark of the first, Daffenberg scored again to make it 9-3 before Shannon scored for Mrris to make it 9-5. Courtney Hall scored with 22 seconds left in the quarter to give Yorkville an 11-5 lead at the break.
Neither team scored in the second until Morris' Kennedy Dransfeldt made a free throw with 4:39 to play until halftime, but Daffenberg answered with back-to-back three-pointers. Morris sandwiched a Shannon basket and a pair of Alexis Smith free throws around a basket by Lexi Meyer to pull to within 19-10, but Yorkville scored the final six points of the second quarter, a bucket by Kenzie Senffner and a pair of baskets by Lily Guerra, to give the Foxes a 25-10 halftime lead.
After Dransfeldt opened the second half with a basket for Morris, Yorkville went on an 11-0 spurt to take a 36-12 lead. Daffenberg had seven points in the run, including a steal that she converted into a layup. The Yorkville lead reached 42-15 before Morris closed the quarter with eight straight points, including two three-pointers by Karrina Riley, who led the Redskins with 11.
Riley scored five more points in the fourth quarter as the Redskins outscored Yorkville 13-10 in the final frame. Shannon finished with 10 points and seven rebounds, while Dransfeldt had five points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
"It was nice to see Karrina come in and make some shots," Carey said. "She's a role player and she came in and did what we asked her to do. She was in there to get us some points and she ended up as our leading scorer."