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Thornton uses defense in win

02/21/2014, 8:46pm CST
By Tim O’Brien

Justin Taylor scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Thornton rolled to an easy 76-42 win over Lincoln-Way North Friday.

Thornton 76, Lincoln-Way North 42

THE SKINNY

Looking to go into the state playoffs on a hot streak, Thornton (17-5, 10-2) rolled over Lincoln-Way North in the SouthWest Suburban Red game in Harvey. Thornton earned the No. 3 seed at its own sectional and will play at the Lincoln-Way Central Sectional.

TURNING POINT

Defense leading to offense, the Wildcats went up 15-6 early and 17-10 through one quarter off North turnovers as Justin Taylor scored 10 points in the first, Da’Marques Turner (13 points) adding five points.

THE STAR

Taylor. The senior forward finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists for Thornton.

BY THE NUMBERS

Lincoln-Way North (3-19, 1-11) committed 11 first half turnovers, including six in the first quarter. The Phoenix were led by Jaylen Branch’s 11 points and six rebounds with Kenny Christensen adding seven points off the bench. Robert McCalley scored 13 points off the bench for Thornton as 11 different players scored for the Wildcats.

QUOTABLE

“We’re out there having fun and knowing that every game counts. Big game or not, every one of them counts. We try and have fun, get that win. We’re waiting for playoffs. That’s where all the good teams are. We want to have a lot of energy going into the playoffs.” – Taylor

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