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Big wins precede big week for Bolingbrook girls

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 4:10 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:43 a.m. CDT
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Erica Benson - ebenson@shawmedia.com Bolingbrook's Alecia Gulledge looks to set up a play during the Raiders' game against Stagg on Jan. 8. The Raiders topped the Chargers and won over Lincoln-Way East the next night.

BOLINGBROOK – In terms of building momentum before a tough stretch, Bolingbrook’s girls basketball team couldn’t have done any better.

Scheduled to face Homewood-Flossmoor and former head coach Tony Smith yesterday before playing Lockport tomorrow and Class 3A heavyweight Montini on Monday, the Raiders earned SouthWest Suburban Blue conference wins over Stagg and Lincoln-Way East in the last week.

“Lincoln-Way was a good win for us,” head coach Chris Smith said of the Raiders’ 62-60 victory. “It gave us some confidence going into these games [this week]. We know if we play our best basketball, we’re capable of playing with anybody in the state.”

Against the Griffins, Aysia Bugg led the Raiders as she scored 25 points, none bigger than the pair she scored at the buzzer to lift Bolingbrook to victory. The win upped the Raiders’ record to 10-2 overall and 4-0 in the SWSB and provided a first this season. Smith said it was the first game all year in which all 14 players on the roster did not take the floor.

The win over East on Thursday came a day after a more comfortable 59-49 home win over SWSB foe Stagg. So far this season, the Raiders’ only losses have come to Class 3A powerhouse Joliet Catholic and an out-of-state team at the Turkey Jamm shootout in Tennessee during Thanksgiving weekend. The games against H-F, Lockport and Montini are tough tests but ones Smith thinks his squad can pass.

“We’re still searching for chemistry a little bit, but the girls are starting to buy into the system and buying into each other as a team,” Smith said.

Bolingbrook hosts Lockport at 7 p.m. Thursday before facing Montini at 4:30 p.m. Monday as part of the McDonald’s Shootout at Willowbrook High School.

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Trailing 11-10 against visiting Lincoln-Way East on Friday, Bolingbrook’s boys basketball team went on a 20-3 run in the second quarter on the way to a 54-38 win.

Prentiss Nixon scored 11 points in the second quarter and 15 in the first half as he topped all scorers with 19 points. He also added nine rebounds, five steals and four assists.

Gage Davis added 13 points and four blocks as the Raiders improved to 10-2 overall and 4-0 in the SWSB.

The Raiders travel to Homewood-Flossmoor for a 7 p.m. game Friday.

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