Every win from here on out will be a bonus for the Elgin girls basketball team.
Maggie Powers led a balanced scoring attack with 10 points Wednesday as the Maroons downed Willows Academy 38-35 in the opening round of the Elgin Academy Thanksgiving tournament. It was Elgin's first win of the season, as many wins as the Maroons had all of last season.
"It's our first win besides Larkin in four years," said Elgin coach Dr. Nick Bumbales, whose team lost its season opener to Glenbard East on Tuesday. "It was a much better effort tonight. We're looking to win this tournament."
Sarah Rahmany, Abby Pierre-Louis and Kristine Tayag added 6 points each for Elgin, which will play Alden-Hebron in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
Westminster Christian 31, Hinckley-Big Rock 25: McKaila Hays erupted for 18 points to lead Westminster to a win at the Somonauk tournament. Claire Speweik had 7 rebounds for the Warriors (2-0), while Hays, Maddie Versluys and Kinsley Donahue each had 5 steals.
Cary-Grove 55, Lake Zurich 37: Olivia Jakubicek had 26 points to lead Cary-Grove to a season-opening win at thwe Turkey Thriller.