WOODSTOCK – The McHenry boys basketball team is hard to predict. Luckily for the Warriors, they played well enough Friday to beat Woodstock North, 48-41, in a Fox Valley Conference crossover sixth-place game.
Friday was senior night for Woodstock North (6-21), but McHenry was the team that fed off any pregame emotions as the Warriors jumped out to a 9-0 lead over an all-senior Thunder starting lineup. Woodstock North was able to get on the scoreboard and cut the Warriors (11-15) lead to 11-6 after the first quarter.
McHenry shot an impressive 56 percent in the quarter and the Warriors looked to be in good shape.
In the second quarter, the Warriors shot just 15 percent from the field, scored just five points, and went scoreless for almost six minutes. Woodstock North took advantage of the poor McHenry shooting to take an 18-16 lead to halftime.
Woodstock North came out fast in the third quarter and, at one point, increased their lead to nine points. This was the wakeup call McHenry needed.
The Warriors put together one of their best stretches of the season, going on a 22-2 run to take the lead for good. McHenry shot 75 percent in the third quarter.
“The run we made in the third quarter was huge and really turned the game around for us,” McHenry coach Tim Paddock said. “It was great to see the kids stop thinking and just play.”
McHenry had a nice balance of scoring. Cody Freund led the Warriors with 13 points, Greg Johnson added 11 points, and Nick Bellich chipped in with 10 points.
“We knew we had to get off to a fast start and the 9-0 run is what we needed,” Freund said. “This win is definitely a confidence booster heading in to regionals.”
The Thunder did a nice job battling back in the second quarter, but couldn’t overcome the huge McHenry run in the third and fourth quarter. Josh Jandron led Woodstock North with 18 points.