SOUTH HOLLAND | When the Seton Academy girls basketball team has success, it's usually because of the team's defense.
While the defense may not have been there early in the season for Seton, the Sting are getting back to basics.
Seton rode its 'D' to a 68-22 win over St. Francis de Sales in a Girls Catholic Athletic Conference win. Ebony Bailey led the Sting with 16 points, eight rebounds and six steals. Brittany Harderman added 11 points and 11 rebounds.
"I see that we're a good defensive team," Bailey said. "As long as we're talking and hustling and getting back on defense, we should be a pretty good team."
Seton Academy (2-2, 2-0) jumped out to an early advantage and held the Pioneers scoreless in the first quarter. As the Sting held a 35-7 lead at the half, St. Francis de Sales (0-2, 0-2) was unable to record its first point until Jocelyn Valerio's free throw with 7:14 remaining in the half finally put the Lady Pioneers on the score board.
"They were a little disorganized, but we're a young team," St. Francis de Sales assistant coach Thomas Casanova said. "They're still learning, and they're getting better. Our end goal is still the same: get better everyday. We were a couple people short due to injuries, so that affected our play as well."
Seton was able to use their pressure defense to record 23 steals on the night, and the Sting were also able to overcome some early foul trouble. The teams combined for 37 fouls in the first half, but Seton's pressure proved more costly to the Lady Pioneers.
"Tonight we played better defense," Sting coach Kevin Green said. "In the Rich South Galaxie tournament, we were trying to push and do stuff we don't normally do. Now, the past week, we've practiced what got us where we were last year and the last couple of years to the super-sectional."
Seton's Kyra Ford added nine points and seven rebounds, and teammate Danielle Bailey scored nine while picking up four steals.
"We saw that they were much smaller than us and we could attack," Ebony Bailey said. "We could just keep pushing the ball and running up the court. We know we can't foul as much, but we need to just keep pushing the ball."