The crosstown matchup between the Woodstock and Woodstock North girls basketball teams was a night of fan-demonium, all in a positive way. Student sections for both teams raised the roof in the James Shipley Gymnasium at WHS Dec. 13, but Thunder fans went home the happier of the two as WNHS downed the Blue Streaks 40-31.
Thunder coach Mike Lewis anticipated the loud fan base and high intensity, calling it the loudest game the team had played in this year.
Despite the WNHS win, it was the Blue Streaks who came out strong on their home court early in the first quarter, racking up an 11-0 lead before the Thunder scored their first basket.
“I think early on, the girls were nervous and a little frustrated since Woodstock came out and hit a few shots and our shots were not falling,” Lewis said.
But the Thunder managed to chip away at the Streaks’ lead as WNHS senior forward Lulu Nicks began to hit her shots, and the Thunder started to take advantage of their opportunities at the charity stripe.
“The girls did a nice job hitting free throws to get the lead,” Lewis said.
Both teams will play in the 16-team Northern Illinois Holiday Classic this week. The tournament began last weekend and picks up again Dec. 21 and 22. Along with McHenry and Richmond-Burton, WHS serves as a tournament host.