Vernon Hills' girls basketball team didn't need any added motivation on senior night, but the Cougars had it.
Kasey Firnbach had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals, and Vernon Hills used a big second half to defeat visiting Wauconda 44-32 on Thursday, avenging an upset loss on Dec. 17.
The Cougars honored seniors Lauren Webb, Sydney Smith, Shannon Healey and Katherine Koczwara.
Webb scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the Cougars, who improved to 19-5 and 8-2 in the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division, while extending their winning streak to a season-best eight games. Smith had 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.
Wauconda (9-9, 4-5) led 23-21 at halftime, but Monica Bahlmann's 3-pointer and Smith's 3 free throws helped Vernon Hills outscore the Bulldogs 13-3 in the third. Webb then scored 5 points, including a 3-pointer, in the fourth.
Wauconda received 10 points apiece from Lauren Nee and Anna Wisniewski. Katie Rossetti led the Bulldogs on the boards with 7 rebounds. Three Wauconda players -- Jackie Lung, Amber Head and Dani Sturm -- each had 5 boards.
Round Lake 57, Northtown Academy 24: Mike Crisantos scored 14 points and Justice Clark added 12 for the host Panthers, who led 12-7 after one quarter and 24-10 at halftime in earning the nonconference win.
Round Lake (4-19) also received 8 points from Ravin Nicoline.
"It's nice for the girls to get a win," coach Howard Conkling said, "considering that we have Vernon Hills (tonight) and North Chicago on Saturday."
Mundelein 55, Libertyville 40: Maggie Mahar scored 17 points, including three 3-pointers, Jamie Hemmer added 14 coming off the bench and Taylor Lintner just missed a double-double, finishing with 10 points and 9 rebounds, as the visiting Mustangs stayed hot with the North Suburban Lake win.
"Taylor Lintner had a great game and played tough on the boards," Mundelein coach Brian Evans said after his Mustangs (16-6, 6-3) won for the 11th time in 12 games, while extending their winning streak to five.
Mundelein, which avenged a Dec. 17 loss to the Wildcats, hosts Stevenson in a key NSC Lake game tonight.
Libertyville (8-14, 6-4) was led by Becky Deichl's 11 points. Sydney Mudd and Claire Keefe each had 8 for the hosts, who trailed 12-10 after one quarter, 31-18 at halftime and 38-27 after three.
"We struggled getting into any offensive rhythm," Wildcats coach Greg Pedersen said.
Grayslake Central 46, Crystal Lake Central 32: Morgan Dahlstrom scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the second half for the visiting Rams in the Fox Valley Fox Division game. The senior center went 6 of 6 from the foul line.
Grayslake Central (16-7, 8-1) also got 9 points from Carson Sparkman.
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