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South Elgin's Senior Night a success
Brian Schaumburg

South Elgin four-year varsity starter Kennede Miller celebrated Senior Night Friday with four other seniors and the rest of her teammates.

But Miller doesn't know how she's going to feel walking off the court at South Elgin for the final time yet.

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While the Storm still have another home game, Friday was a good way to celebrate. South Elgin won for the eighth time in its last nine games, defeating West Chicago, 55-23 in Upstate Eight Valley action.

"It's kind of weird to be a senior already. I can remember like it was yesterday when I was a freshman and celebrating Senior Night," Miller said. "It really hasn't hit me yet. I think when we play Neuqua, when we don't play again, I'll kind of be a little (emotional)."

The Storm (16-7, 8-2) were supposed to host Neuqua Valley Saturday, but the game was rescheduled to Monday because of the inclement weather forecast for Saturday.

The five South Elgin seniors -- Miller, Savanah Uveges, Anna Tracy, Taylor Warrick and Karissa Bush -- started and also played the final 4:39 despite the game being a blowout. Tracy scored a game-high 12 points. Miller finished with 8 points and 12 rebounds. Uveges, also a four-year varsity starter, had 4 points.

"As a coach you're always worried the kids aren't going to be focused, but I thought we got out to a good start," Storm coach Tim Prendergast said of Senior Night.

Bush scored the opening basket and the Storm scored 14 of the game's first 16 points. South Elgin led 16-4 after the first quarter and 29-10 at halftime.

West Chicago (4-20, 1-9) shot just 4 of 27 (15 percent) in the first half. Mae Elizabeth Gimre led the Wildcats with 7 points.

"I thought we were getting some good shots," West Chicago coach Kim Wallner said. "We've struggled to put the ball in the basket all year. We work on it a lot. We're trying to work on their confidence a little bit."

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