NORMAL — University High School's 1-2-2 zone defense typically makes it difficult for opponents to score in the lane.
Yet the Pioneers so bedeviled Ridgeview Tuesday at U High Gymnasium that the Mustangs struggled mightily to even fire off a shot from inside the 3-point arc.
Ridgeview attempted 19 of its 22 first-half shots from 3-point range while falling well behind, and the Pioneers cruised to a 68-20 nonconference victory.
"I thought our defense did a pretty good job forcing the outside shot and then getting the rebound," U High coach Cal Hubbard said. "We're starting to rebound better. That's a real key for us."
The Pioneers (4-4) shot 55 percent from the field while limiting Ridgeview (1-4) to 18 percent.
"It was a great effort by them defensively," said Mustangs' coach Rodney Kellar. "Unfortunately we didn't shoot the ball as well hopefully as we can most nights, and we didn't have many answers for them at the other end of the floor. That's a bad combination."
Five points each from Drew Miller and Seth Doran helped U High to a 17-5 lead after one quarter. The Pioneers had reeled off 12 straight points to snap a 3-3 tie.
Ridgeview's only two first-half baskets from inside the 3-point arc came on rebound baskets from Tyler Harper as U High led 31-7 at halftime.
The Mustangs managed just 3 of 22 shooting and misfired on 18 of 19 tries from 3-point range over the first two quarters.
"We were hoping they would miss their shots and we would get the rebounds and go. That's kind of what happened," said Miller, who hit five 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 17 points. "We finally started make some shots. I haven't made anything all year. We got some open looks and knocked them down finally."
Doran was 3 of 4 from 3-point range and added 15 points for U High, which connected on 9 of 17 from beyond the arc.
"We played pretty well and moved the ball pretty well against Pontiac (in a loss last week), but we didn't make any shots," Hubbard said. "Tonight we made some shots. When you shoot the ball well, obviously you look a lot better. I thought our second group did a really good job and got some valuable minutes."
U High's second five of Jake Nord, Tyler Cook, John Mersch, Sean O'Malley and Jack Quarton combined for 23 points and 18 rebounds.
The Pioneers learned Tuesday that 6-foot-4 junior Aaron Schroeder will miss the rest of the season with a torn knee ligament.
Carl Hamlow paced Ridgeview with nine points. The Mustangs finished 2 of 23 on 3-point attempts.