Eau Claire North went into the locker room at halftime down 11 points.

Then the second half started.

Less than six minutes later, the Huskies shot into the lead. And they never let up, moving to a 74-56 win over Superior Thursday night at the Doghouse.

“We just picked each other up,” said Dalton Banks, who blistered the nets for 35 points, 21 in the second half. “We focused on getting stops, getting out on offense and getting good shots.”

It worked to perfection. During a 16-point unanswered run, North decided the game.

“It all started with Dalton, he was unbelievable.” North coach Todd Marks said. “You could see his offense, but his defense was incredible.”

Banks ignited the winning surge with a 3-point basket and Chad Kron and Bennett Mayer chipped in.

Kron hit a 3-pointer and when Banks sank two free throws, it was tied. Kron’s two free throws gave North a 47-45 lead with 12:15 to go and when the sophomore guard followed with his second 3-pointer, the Huskies were off to the races.

“We got Dalton out in space and higher percentage shots,” Marks said. “It all just seemed to snowball.”

Superior was almost unstoppable in the first half, hitting 12 of its 20 field attempts, six from 3-point land. Xavier Patterson scored 13 of his game total of 23, Beau Severson dropped in three 3-pointers and Mason Ackley added eight points.

And when Ben Rhodes canned a 3-pointer at the buzzer, the lead was 40-29 and it didn’t look good for the Huskies.

“We played hard in the first half but Superior was getting the good shots and knocking them down,” Marks said.

But the Huskies clamped down on defense, forcing 14 of Superior’s 19 turnovers in the second half.

Banks credited Preston Dorn in particular for fueling the defense, saying he was as good as anyone in the state for getting stops.

But it was a great overall effort by a team that only returns Banks from last year’ starting lineup.

“We’re definitely a new group,” Banks said. “But we really focused on practicing hard and we’re starting to grow together really fast.”

Banks’ main scoring help came from Mayer with 15, Kron with 12 and 10 from Ashton Kallstrom off the bench. All played key roles in the win.

Banks also led the Huskies with seven rebounds and seven assists in an outstanding overall job.

Marks praised the defensive work of Kron on Superior ace Ackley in the second half.

It was the second straight win for the Huskies, who begin defense of their Big Rivers conference championship Tuesday at River Falls.

“I’m pleased, but not satisfied,” Marks said of the team’s play to date. “We have a lot of things to clean up.”

North 74, Superior 56

Superior — FGM-FGA FTM-FTA TP: Mason Ackley 3-8 7-10 13, Xavier Patterson 7-10 8-9 23, Beau Severson 4-6 0-0 11, Ben Rhodes 1-2 0-0 3, Elijah Owens 1-6 1-2 3, Jarrett Gonski 0-1 0-0 0, Johnny Rhodes 0-1 0-0 0, Kaden Kimmes 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-37 16-21 56.

North — Bennett Mayer 7-11 0-0 15, Dalton Banks 11-23 10-16 35, Preston Dorn 0-2 0-0 0, Chad Kron 3-7 4-4 12, Carter Hesselman 0-2 0-0 0, Luke Warren 0-1 0-0 0, Aaron Martin 0-1 0-0 0 Jarret Loe 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Fisher 0-0 0-0 0, Elyjah Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Ashton Kallstrom 5-8 0-0 10. Totals 27-54 14-20 74.

Halftime: Superior 40-29. 3-point goals: Superior 4-17 (Severson 3-5, Patterson 1-3, Ackley 0-1, B. Rhodes 0-2, Joey Barker 0-1, Owens 0-4, Kimmes 0-1), North 6-19 (Banks 3-10, Kron 2-5, Mayer 1-1, Kallstrom 0-2, Hesselman 0-1, Warren 0-1). Rebounds: Superior 27 (Patterson 7, Ackley 6), North 32 (Banks 7, Mayer 6). Assists: Superior 8, (Ackley 5), North 19 (Banks 7, Dorn 5). Total fouls: Superior 14, North 20. Turnovers: Superior 19, North 6. Officials: Fred Heffling, Davis Johannes, Gary Eslinger. Records: Superior 0-2; North 2-0.