The Buffalo Grove girls basketball team gave host Fremd a tough test from start to finish in Tuesday night's Mid-Suburban League crossover.
But when it was over, the Vikings had passed their first test of 2013 with a 61-53 victory.
Senior Ashley McConnell poured home 29 points to lead Fremd (17-4) while sophomore Haley Gorecki (ankle), returning to the floor for the first time since the Vikes' seventh game of the season, added 10 points.
Senior Marilyn Lortz was also back from an ankle injury that sidelined her for the past three games.
"It was good to see Haley and Marilyn back in action and to be able to play with a full roster," said Fremd coach Dave Yates. "We took a lot of time off last week so we knew we were going to have to kick some rust off."
Buffalo Grove (4-12) led 13-4 at the start and 32-27 at half.
"I felt like we finished the game well," Yates said. "Ashley had some big plays to change the outcome of the game. Credit Buffalo Grove. They hit some big shots and 3-pointers and it seemed like every time we made a run they answered right back."
Bailey North (14 points), Amanda Salzman (14) and Julie Jambrone (12) were double figure scorers for the Bison. Sophomore teammate Maddie Callahan (9 points) converted three 3-pointers.
"I know BG got off to a rough start with some injuries to start the year but they are playing some good basketball lately," Yates said. "Coach (Steve) Kolodziej has them really playing well. I felt like they played consistently harder than us and that is disappointing since we pride ourselves on that. We had too many breakdowns defensively and turned the ball over much more than we typically do."
Schaumburg 46, Elk Grove 35: Host Schaumburg (9-10) received 13 points from Amanda Kelly and 9 apiece from Carly Brossard and Jada Blackwell in the MSL crossover.
Diamond Boyd (15 points) and Kelly Naughton (9) led Elk Grove (10-7) in the MSL crossover.
Conant 51, Wheeling 46: Sophomore forward Haley Anderson scored 16 points with 6 rebounds and 2 assists as host Conant improved to 7-11.
Top rebounders for the Cougars were Katie Lomas (7), Sarah Mazurek (5), Lexi Zades (4) and Nireet Dhillon (3).
Wheeling was led by Deanna Kuzmanic (15 points) and Hannah Dobrowski (8).
"It was a great team effort coming back from 10 points down at one time," said Cougars coach Dan Travers. "We came out wanting to play more in the second half to get the win."
Hersey 49, Hoffman Estates 46: Morgan Harris (17 points), Casey Weyhrich (13) and Meg Cerniglia (10) led visiting Hersey (10-7) in the MSL crossover.
The Huskies were 8-of-8 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
"Morgan, Meg and Casey all hit key free throws down the stretch," said Hersey coach Mary Fendley. "Our team defense was much better in the second half. Casey and Morgan's clutch shooting plus clutch free throws made the difference."
Hoffman (9-7) was led by seniors Destinee Yong (25 points) and Becca Stoczynski (15).
Christian Life 42, Christian Liberty 29: Christian Liberty Academy (11-4) was paced by Megan Sullivan (11 points, 2 3-pointers) and Shelbi Hernandez (9),