After a 51-29 victory over Hononegah on Saturday afternoon, Palatine's girls basketball team is one of only two teams still undefeated at the Dundee-Crown Thanksgiving tourney.
Sophomore Monica Masini scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the Pirates (4-0), who are 3-0 in the tourney. Junior Erin Mayer added 12 points and senior Jamie Lloyd hit three 3 pointers in the first half for all 9 of her points.
Crystal Lake South, who Palatine faces on Tuesday at 7 p.m., is also 3-0 in the tourney.
"It was our best defensive game of the season," said Pirates assistant coach Bill LePage. "We played great (man-to-man) and we handled their pressure offensively. We did a lot of good things.
"We were patient and Lloyd's three 3's in the first half were huge. Jamie didn't play many minutes on the varsity last season but she has really stepped up."
Senior guard Nia Pappas (7 points) also fired home a 3-pointer.
Three-year starter Sydney Wiedemann, back from a knee injury, saw her first minutes of the season and contributed pair of free throws.
St. Viator 48, Dundee Crown 28: An early roadblock did not detour St. Viator from its path to success. in the Dundee-Crown Girls Basketball Thanksgiving Tournament in Carpentersville.
The Lions turned extra opportunities off rebounds and turnovers into 75 percent of their points to give first-year coach Christina Jost her first victory at the school 48-28 over the host Chargers.
"It feels really good because we've improved after every game so far," said Viator senior Michelle Presslak after she had 12 points and 8 rebounds.
"I thought we played well as a team," Jost said after her team scored 26 points off 27 D-C turnovers. "It's finally starting to come together a little bit for us after two tough losses."
Viator (1-2) had a tough start as three of its shots were blocked by 5-foot-11 junior Emily Michalski and D-C (0-3) led 6-4 after a quarter on Lauren Lococo's baseline drive.
But 10 second-quarter turnovers by D-C sparked the Lions to a 20-12 lead at the break as Presslak scored 9 points. Michalski had only one more blocked shot in the final three quarters.
"The girls on this year's squad have a lot of fight in them," Jost said. "Nothing seems to deter them."
Viator also outrebounded D-C 17-4 in the second half to finish with a 35-25 advantage. Justice Johnson scored off 1 of her team-high 10 rebounds for a 26-14 lead with 3:45 left in the third.
"We brought what we worked on in practice here tonight and it showed," Presslak said after the Lions had a 16-7 offensive rebound edge.
"We struggled on the boards a little bit in the first two games," Jost said. "We're slowly getting to where we want to be with everybody boxing out and going to the ball."
D-C got within 26-18 when Michalski (6 points) found Stephanie Magsamen for a layup and Magsamen's steal led to Michalski's layup. But Erin Fabbri, who had 7 points along with Jennie Horstmann and Maddie McAteer, had a drive and a 3-pointer in an 11-point run which put Viator in command.
"We didn't come to play tonight," said D-C coach Michelle Russell. "(The turnovers) just kind of snowballed. We came out flat and this was just a learning-experience game."
-- Marty Maciaszek
Fremd 56, Cary-Grove 33: Fremd (3-0) made 8-of-15 from the field and took a 20-10 lead during the first eight minutes of the Turkey Thriller contest in Cary. Six of the baskets came on layups off turnovers. Haley Gorecki scored 11 and Ashley McConnell 4 during the quarter.
"I liked the way we started the game with great intensity on the defensive end," said
Fremd coach Dave Yates. "We did a good job off getting the ball up court to get easy baskets. The good thing was we kept up the defensive intensity through the whole game."
Trailing 30-18 at halftime, Cary-Grove (2-1) scored the first 4 points of the third quarter to slice the deficit to 30-22 with seven minutes left.
But Fremd put the game away with 10 unanswered points. Gorecki and McConnell each scored 4 points during the run which increased Fremd's lead 40-22 with 2:46 left in the third quarter.
Fremd's biggest lead 52-27 after a 3-pointer by Brianna Lewis with 4:12 left.
Gorecki paced the Vikes with 15 while McConnell scored 12 with a 3-pointer.
-- Dave Hess
Rolling Meadows 77, Johnsburg 38: Alexis Glasgow (24 points, 4 3-pointers, 4 steals), Jackie Kemph (21 points, 11 steals, 10 assists for triple double) and Jenny Vliet (14 points, 11 rebounds, 3-pointers) were top scorers for the Mustangs (4-0), who improved to 3-0 in the Turkey Thriller.
"Jenny Vliet was awesome," said Mustangs coach Ryan Kirkorsky. "We said it at all the time outs, halftime and after the game that she was playing harder than anyone on the floor. She competed everywhere.
"We weren't happy defensively in the first quarter but I think the third quarter was our best effort on defense so far this season."
Morgan Keller had 9 rebounds while Katie Shewmon while Ashely Montanez had 6 and Katie Shewmon 5.
York 57, Prospect 44: Sophomore Taylor Will (12 points), Michele Molini (11 points, 2 3-pointers) and Catherine Sherwood (10 points) led Prospect (3-2, 2-2) in its fourth round game of the your tournament.
Jessica Bianchi scored a career-high 20 points to go along with 5 steals and 3 assists while AnnaBell Lansdowne added 20 points for York (3-1).
York also converted eight 3 pointers.
"We lost track of their shooters and those two girls (Bianchi and Lansdowne hurt us the most," said Knights coach Ashley Graham. "But 3-2 for the week isn't bad at all. I'm so glad the girls can have a day off (today)."
Hoffman Estates 46, Harlan 42: Seniors Destinee Young (19 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists) and Becca Stoczynski (18 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists) were top scorers for Hoffman, which is now 3-0 in the Elk Grove-Hoffman Estates tourney.
Shante Hill (4 assists) and Mary Saitta (1 3-pointer) each grabbed 7 rebounds for the Hawks,
Elk Grove 58, Lake Park 27: Host Elk Grove improved to 3-0 in the Elk Grove-Hoffman Estates tourney as senior forward Diamond Boyd erupted for a season-high 24 points in the first three quarters. Kelly Naughton added 11 points with a 3-pointer for the Grens.
Barrington 64, Westinghouse 55: Alexa Resch (15 points), Aoife Callanan (12), Brooke Gunderson (11) and Bryana Hopkins (10) led Barrington (2-1, 1-1) in the second-round of the Buffalo Grove Thanksgiving tourney. Megan Talbot led the Fillies with 10 rebounds followed Hopkins (8) and Resch (7). Gunderson had 3 steals.
"It was hard battle start to finish," said Barrington coach Babbi Barreiro. "It was high intensity all the way."
Callanan had 11 of her 12 points in the fourth quarter, including 9-of-10 free throws. "She had a great performance," Barreiro said. ""Great clutch play. It was nice to have so many people involved in the scoring."
Buffalo Grove 48, Libertyville 44: Buffalo Grove improved to 2-0 in its own Thanksgiving tourney as Julie Jambrone and Kimberly Herzog each cored 11 poet sot lead the way. Jambrone had a pair of 3-pointers while Sara Brawley, Herzog and Courtney Meyer each had one.
Glenbrook South 59, Schaumburg 47: Amanda Kelly (13 points), Riley Williams (9) and Jada Blackwell (9) were top scorers for Schaumburg (2-1) which lost its first game in its own Thanksgiving tourney.
Resurrection 56, Wheeling 44: Liz Rehberger had 22 points and 5 steals for Resurrection (3-1) in the Niles North tournament.
Maine West 48, Moline 44 (OT): Junior guard Lexi Prosperi scored 6 of her 10 points and made 2 steals in overtime as Maine West evened its record at 1-1 in Des Plaines.
Junior Brittany Collins, who had a bucket in the OT, led all scorers with 19 points and 17 rebounds, while Ashley Collins chipped in 6.
Bridget Burger also had a free throw in te extra session as when the Warriors outscored the Maroons 9-4.
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