JOHNSBURG — When the Woodstock boys basketball team met some resistance after building a double-digit lead in its Fox Valley Conference Fox Division opener, guard Jordan Turner knew how the Blue Streaks responded could be a sign of what kind of team they'd be in the weeks to come.
Until now, Woodstock hadn't faced a team that fought its way back after falling behind early. So when Johnsburg did just that after making some halftime adjustments, the Blue Streaks were provided with a learning opportunity in handling adversity.
Woodstock answered a Johnsburg third-quarter scoring surge with its own 12-2 run to re-establish its cushion in a 62-52 FVC Fox win Saturday.
For the Blue Streaks (11-4 overall, 1-0 FVC Fox), Saturday's win – Woodstock's 10th in its past 11 games – became an exercise in execution Turner and his teammates know they'll have to remember as they move into the meat of their conference schedule.
"We had to withstand their comeback," said Turner, who scored a game-high 22 points. "Down the road, other teams are going to do the same thing because this conference is so tight."
Woodstock relied on its perimeter tandem of Turner and Andy Buhrow to outscore Johnsburg (6-8, 0-1) in the second quarter to build a 12-point halftime lead.
But the Skyhawks transitioned from depending on 3-point shooting in the second quarter to establishing themselves in the post after the half. Woodstock struggled to defend Mike Conroy and TJ Sigmund (15 points) during the opening minutes of the third quarter when Johnsburg went on a 10-2 run to get to within four points.
Kevin Dombrowski, who connected on five of Johnsburg's eight 3-point field goals, led the Skyhawks with 17 points.
That's when Woodstock went to an inside-out attack that utilized not only Turner's outside shooting, but an inside presence that included Damian Stoneking, Mitch Kohley and Mason Sutter – all of whom contributed as Woodstock went on its own run to carry a 13-point lead into the final eight minutes.
"It's really a team effort," Woodstock coach Al Baker said.
Johnsburg tried to respond down the stretch but couldn't put enough offense together to make the run it needed to shrink the deficit. Despite playing well in stretches, some of the struggles to produce points Johnsburg has experienced during the first half of the season resurfaced.
"We need to learn from our losses and our mistakes, and I don't know that we're doing that," Johnsburg coach Mike Toussaint said. "I think we just ran out of gas – we ran out of time. We'd make a run, they'd make a run. We just didn't make a run at the right time."