Mark Johnson recorded the first win of his varsity coaching career on Wednesday night when his Palatine girls basketball team posted a 59-43 triumph over Jacobs in the opening round of the Dundee-Crown Thanksgiving Tournament.
Seniors Sami Heuertz, Morgan Radtke and Morgan Gallagher each scored 11 points while classmate Erin Mayer added 10 and sophomore Carissa Multon (9).
Gallagher, Katie Conklin, Heuertz, Radtke and Multon each had a 3-pointer as the Pirates evened their record at 1-1.
Cary-Grove 40, Elk Grove 33: After falling behind 29-12 at intermission, the Grenadiers (0-2) made a valiant comeback in the second half closing to within 37-33 when sophomore Sarah Pauscher made a 14-footer with 1:30 left in the game.
But the Trojans (2-0) held on in the second-round game of the Lake Zurich Turkey Thriller held at Fremd.
Elk Grove didn't help itself by missing 5 free throws in the final two minutes. The Grenadiers were 7-of-17 from the line overall.
"We came out slow in the first half and that hurt us," said Grens coach Kathie Swanson. "We gave them too many offensive rebounds and free throws (Cary-Grove was 16-for-20 at the line).
"But we fought really hard n in the second half, holding them to 4 points in the third quarter. Now we have to put together four quarters."
Seniors Taylor Brown (2 assist) and Melissa Solorio (7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 rebounds) each scored 11 points for EG while junior center Amber Lindfors added 5 points with 9 rebounds.
Lindfors had 7 rebounds on Monday against Fremd and Solorio had 9.
Brown accounted for half of Elk Grove's points in the first half by hitting a pair of 3-pointers.
"It would have been a completely different game had we done the little things," Brown said. "We just weren't clicking but we have the potential to, and we will."
"Taylor did a nice job stepping up and being aggressive on both sides of the court," Swanson added. "We've just got to keep building each game."
Brown said the seniors are trying to lead.
"We have a lot of talent," she said. "Some of our players just haven't competed at this level. With more experience we'll get it together."
Trinity 89, Schaumburg 32: Tatiana Doroskin (7 points), Paige Alt (6) and Jada Blackwell (6) were top scorers for the Saxons (0-2) in the second-round game of the Schaumburg Thanksgiving Tournament.