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Vernon Hills prevails on senior night against Wauconda
Daily Herald report

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.

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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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