Plainfield East turned up its defensive intensity Friday, smothering host Romeoville to stay in first place in the Southwest Prairie Conference.
The Bengals (16-9, 10-3) held the Spartans (4-21, 0-13) to single digit scores in each quarter, including one point in the second quarter. Plainfield East held a 9-6 lead after the first quarter and then buried the Spartans by outscoring them a combined 31-10 in the second and third periods.
Bengals' junior Aaron Jordan scored all 11 of his points in the first half. East senior Tristin Esker came off the bench to score 12 points and grab nine rebounds.
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Plainfield East held Romeoville to 7-of-29 shooting from the field for the game and held a 26-17 edge in rebounding.
"I thought we did a pretty good job defensively. I thought our guys did a nice job of pressuring the ball. We wanted to take control of the game at the start of the second half and not give them any hope. Our start wasn't what I wanted it to be, but I'm happy with the result," Plainfield East coach Branden Adkins said.