Based on scouting reports, Oswego East coach Abe Carretto felt the Wolves could take control early against Rockford Jefferson.
The Wolves did just that – and more – setting a program record for most points scored in a game with Tuesday's 90-21 victory in the opening game of the Oswego East Holiday Classic.
"We're trying to work on our transition and more moving. Sometimes we stand still offensively," Carretto said. "We worked on a lot of shots, getting a lot of steals defensively and our transition game. Once halftime came around, we were just trying to match what we did offensively. I wanted to hold them to less, but when you're bringing a lot of pieces in and out and taking more chances, they're going to get some shots."
Oswego East (10-2) put in its first bucket within the first 10 seconds of the game, Amaya Johns (11 points) put in back-to-back layups and the Wolves established an 8-0 lead before Jefferson called a timeout. Jesinde Thomas (17 points) knocked down a three-pointer and Ty Battle (23 points) tipped in her own missed bucket to push the lead, 18-0.
Sydney Schultz had six points before the first period ended with Oswego East owning a 27-0 lead, and Thomas scored the first six of the second quarter for a 33-0 advantage.
Oswego East's lead swelled 35-0 before Jefferson got on the board at the foul line, but the Wolves led 41-1 before the J-Hawks (1-8) found their first field goal of the game with 2:16 left in the first half.
Jefferson's Elizabeth Bankole scored six points to close the first half with the J-Hawks trailing 45-7.
With a Schultz basket, Oswego East led 66-12 in the third quarter as Carretto continued to rotate in his entire lineup off the bench.
Despite the lopsided win, Oswego East moves ahead cautiously into the championship side of the bracket. The Wolves have only made one appearance in the title game and have never won their own tournament. Edwardsville is the No. 2 seed and opened the lower half of the bracket with a win over Joliet Central on Tuesday night.
"They're a Sweet 16 team and really well coached, so we're going to take the games one at a time because we always tend to falter in Game 2 or Game 3," Carretto said of Edwardsville. "We've got to keep our focus on each game. We've only bee in the championship game once."