A year from now Megan Gamber plans to be studying elementary education at Illinois State University class rooms.
On Friday, she showed she can already give teaching lessons in scoring points on the basketball floor.
Gamber tossed home a career-high 23 points, including four 3-pointers in the second quarter, to help lead Buffalo Grove's girls basketball team to a 63-51 triumph over Barrington in the penultimate round of the Bison Classic.
Gamber finished with five 3-pointers while Jackie Bickhaus, Georgette Topalis and Alyssa Floro each had one.
Gamber was 6-of-6 at the free throw line.
"Obviously it's awesome personally," she said about her big scoring game. "But it's just a reflection on my teammates. They felt I was hot and they were getting me the ball."
Bison coach Steve Kolodziej was just as impressed with Gamber's all-around game.
"She was guarding their posts inside," he said. She was doing everything we asked of her.
"Offensively, she was not just settling for jumpers. We've talked to her about taking the ball to the rim, and that really opened up things for her teammate, too, as it forced their defense to collapse."
Senior guard Topalis added 11 points while Bickhaus and Macy Floro each chipped in 8 points.
"Georgette played real well, defensively, too," Kolodziej said. "As a group, the girls did a good job of pressuring their guards. There are still things we have to work on but overall it was a great effort. We found a way to win."
Freshman Taylor Thompson led Barrington (0-4) with career highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds, followed by Alex Van Ryne (11), Tori Meyer (11) and Claire Collier (9).
"It was nice to see a lot of kids involved in the scoring but we have to do better job defensively as a team and taking care of the basketball," said Barrington coach Babbi Barreiro. "We are taking incremental steps but giving up too much defensively.
"I was really happy for Taylor (Thompson). It was nice to see her go to work in the paint and look to score. That's what we've been working on."
Maine West 66, Proviso West 45: Maine West improved to 4-0 at the Hoffman Estates Thanksgiving tournament as junior guard Alisa Fallon tossed home a season-high 19 points along with 6 rebounds.
Classmate Jessica Riedl added 12 points while sophomore Rachel Kent chipped in 10 points with 9 rebounds.
The Warriors also received 9 points from Allison Pearson and 5 from junior Catherine Johnson.
Hampshire 47, Hoffman Estates 42: Senior guard Monraia Wilson scored 20 points for the Hawks in the fourth round game of their own round-robin Thanksgiving tournament.
Junior guard Tayler Williams added 8 points and sophomore guard Kate Mongold 7 for Hoffman (0-4).
Wheaton Warrenville South 52, Schaumburg 38: Senior Mallory Gerber scored 21 points and classmate Lauren O'Connell added 10 for the Saxons (1-4) in the final round of their own Thanksgiving tournament.
Evanston also recorded a win over St. Viator (0-5) in Friday's final day of the tourney.