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Basketball: Wauconda girls win home championship, boys fall in away tourney



Wauconda held its first Thanksgiving tournament this year, and the trophy won’t have to travel very far as the Bulldogs went 3-0 to capture the inaugural championship. In the final game, Wauconda defeated Richmond-Burton 52-26. Corrina Vaughan led the way for Wauconda with 16 points. Allie Tylkla added 11 points for Wauconda. Richmond-Burton kept the game close in the first half, only to be outscored in the third quarter 17-2 and Wauconda cruised from there.

For their play in the three-game tournament, Katie Rossetti and Vaughan were named to the all-tournament team.


Vernon Hills had an impressive showing at its own Thanksgiving tournament, finishing with a 4-1 record. Lake Forest Academy won the tournament with a 5-0 record, including handing the Cougars their only blemish. In the tournament finale, Vernon Hills defeated Lake Forest 49-32. Dakiya Daniels led the Cougars with 10 points. Becky Bahlmann added nine points and Sophia Lehocky added eight points.


Libertyville 46, Mother McAuley 40

The Wildcats entered the win column for the first time in a close game Nov. 24 against Mother McAuley. Claire Keefe led the way for Libertyville with 21 points. Caroline Frea came through with a nice game for Libertyville, scoring 14 points.

Barrington 47, Grayslake Central 42

The Rams were in the game most of the night Friday, but fell just short against a tough Barrington team. Amanda Larson had five points for Grayslake Central.

Buffalo Grove 70, Libertyville 48

Libertyville struggled against host Buffalo Grove on Saturday, falling in tournament play. The Wildcats were led by Claire Keefe with 15 points.


Deerfield 58, Lakes 44

Lakes held a first-half lead Nov. 24, only to see Deerfield storm out of the gate in the second half and take the lead, eventually pulling away. Ellie Haviland led the way for Lakes with 14 points and Natalie Iacopetti added 11 points for the Eagles.

Lakes 54, Elk Grove 42

In the finale of the Lake Zurich tournament, Lakes used a strong third quarter to get the victory over Elk Grove. Sarah Zellman led the way for Lakes with 15 points, while Natalie Iacopetti poured in 13 points. Savannah Sikora led the way with seven rebounds for Lakes.


Antioch 76, Niles North 64

The Sequoits gained their fifth victory of the season against tournament host Niles North on Friday. Antioch was led by the Reiser twins who combined for 48 points with Amy Reiser scoring 26 points and Ashley Reiser scoring 22 points.

Antioch 51, Wheeling 31

Antioch won the Niles North tournament with a 20-point victory over Wheeling. It was once again the Reiser sisters who came through to lead the Sequoits. Amy Reiser led the way with 22 points while Ashley Reiser added 14 points. With the victory, Antioch improved to 6-0 on the season.



Grayslake North took home the championship Saturday with a 4-0 record. The Knights defeated a tough Crystal Lake South team 72-61 in the championship.

After dropping its first game in the tournament, Lakes ended the tournament with a 3-1 record and took home the third place trophy. In the third place game, Lakes squeaked by the host Rockets 51-50. Jack Christensen led the Eagles with 17 points.

Wauconda finished in sixth place in the tournament posting a 1-3 record. The Bulldogs fell to Johnsburg in the fifth place game.


Warren 78, Mundelein 38

Warren wasn’t too kind to the tournament host Friday, as the Blue Devils took down Mundelein by 40 points. Mundelein was led by Aaron Woolford with 11 points, while Warren was led by Jayson Dorsey with 13 points.

Chicago Uplift 72, Warren 53

Warren ended the Mundelein tournament with the tough task of facing defending Class 2A state champion Chicago Uplift. Uplift showed Warren it might be a year later, but they are still the real deal.

Uplift defeated Warren behind a strong defensive third quarter in which they forced 14 Blue Devil turnovers and blew the game wide open, thanks in part to a 22-4 run.

Warren held its own against Uplift in the first half and trailed by just three points. Pierre Bailey led Warren with 17 points, while Branden Ellis added 13 points. Warren finished the tournament with a 2-3 record. Uplift went 5-0.


Carmel 62, Grant 56

It is sure nice to have a D-1 caliber basketball player to lead your team, and that is exactly the fortunate case of Carmel this year. CJ Duff, who will be attending Western Illinois for college, led Carmel this season and also helped the Corsairs finish in fourth place Saturday in the Grant Thanksgiving Tournament. Waukegan was the tournament champion.

In the tournament finale, Carmel withstood a huge comeback by Grant to hold on to a 62-56 victory. Shareif Belser-Bailey led the way with 22 points and six steals. Davion Williams scored 11 points for Grant. Carmel finished the tournament with a 2-3 record while the host Bulldogs finished 1-4.

Duff, Belser-Bailey and Williams were all named to the all-tournament team.


Libertyville’s Boys Basketball team started a new regime with a successful showing at the Maine West tournament Saturday. Brent Mork is the new coach at Libertyville, which finished in second place in the tournament with a 3-1 record.

In the tournament finale, Libertyville took down Chicago Math and Science Charter 64-39. The Wildcats jumped out to a big lead in the first half and were able to cruise from there. Drew Peterson led Libertyville with 13 points. Maine South won the tournament with a 4-0 record.

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