Senior guard Monraia Wilson poured home a career-high 31 points to help lead Hoffman Estates' girls basketball team to a 59-47 win over visiting Barrington on Friday night.
Wilson, who scored 30 points against Mundelein last season, made 11-of-14 free throws and a pair of 3-pointers as Hoffman (1-6, 1-0) won its opener in the Mid-Suburban West.
Tayler Williams added 12 points and teammate Janiah Fowler added 7 points for the Hawks.
Sophomore Tori Meyer (three 3-pointers and 10-of-11 free throws) led Barrington (0-7, 0-1) with 19 points while senior Cecilia Stack added 11 and freshman Taylor Thompson (9).
Conant 47, Schaumburg 45 (OT): Senior Jorie Wachal finished with a game-high 22 points, including 4 in overtime, to help the visiting Cougars (2-4, 1-0) prevail in MSL West play.
Conant junior guard Cate Fitzgerald hit a 3 in the extra session for her only points of the game, and Morgan Ragusin finished with 9 points for the Cougars.
Mallory Gerber paced Schaumburg (1-5, 0-1) with 18 points, and Laura O'Connell finished with 13, including 4 in the overtime.
Fremd 52, Palatine 33: Palatine didn't have an answer Friday night for Fremd 6-foot-2 senior Grace Tworek.
Especially when the Pirates got the ball in the paint.
Tworek finished with a game-high 15 points, 10 rebounds and most importantly 8 blocked shots as the visiting Vikings defeated Palatine 52-33 in a Mid-Suburban West matchup.
The funny thing is, Tworek says that she isn't even focusing on blocked shots this year.
"I'm actually trying to avoid it (shot-blocking) this season," said Tworek. "I'm trying to stay out of foul trouble."
Senior Midori Williams added 14 points for Fremd, although Vikings coach Dave Yates wasn't particularly happy despite his team's winning effort.
"We've got to play better," said Yates. "We'd make some good plays, then we'd shoot ourselves in the foot. We'd make a turnover at an inopportune time or lose their shooters.
"We're still learning. We've only got one returning starter (Tworek) from last year. We're patiently and continually trying to improve."
Kendra Lindell led the Pirates with 9 points. Reggie Much scored 8 points while Tiana Hendrickson pitched in with 7.
"We had a good game plan, " said Hendrickson. "We've been studying film and practicing hard, but rebounding was the key tonight. We didn't rebound well in the first half or the second half.
"We made some weak passes, but still, we were right in the game."
Palatine used a full-court press from the get-go in an attempt to slow Fremd down, but behind a 3-point play from Emily Klaczek, the Vikings took a 10-3 first-quarter lead.
Fremd opened the lead to double digits in the second quarter, but Palatine fought back behind a 3-pointer by Lindell.
"We weren't playing with our usual aggressiveness in the first half," said Tworek. "Coming in to the second half we had a little bit of an edge to us."
Palatine closed the gap to 24-20 in the third quarter after a Much layup, but Tworek then had two consecutive baskets to give Fremd some breathing room.
Then Fremd went on a run, and a Tworek steal and layup at the other end gave the visitors a 38-23 advantage.
Palatine tried to close the gap in the fourth quarter behind 3-pointers from Much and Elena Porrata, but stellar free throw shooting from Fremd (7-of-8 down the stretch) helped the Vikings close the contest out.
Klaczek finished with 11 points for Fremd, while Melissa Adrian added 6 points.
Sydney Rzepka finished with 9 boards for Palatine, but the home team was far less efficient at the 3-point line than Fremd.
The Vikings finshed 4-of-8 from 3-point range while the Pirates were only 6-of-18 from behind the arc.
"It's always interesting playing Palatine," said Tworek. "I may be the only starter back (on our team), but our other four starters have stepped in this year and done a nice job."
-- Bill Esbrook
Rolling Meadows 69, Elk Grove 37: The visiting Mustangs held the Grens to 2 first-quarter points in rolling to an MSL East-opening triumph.
Kyra Spiwak went 7-for-7 at the foul line and scored a game-high 21 points to lead Rolling Meadows, which saw Melissa Spiwak and Morgan Campagna get 10 points apiece.
Rolling Meadows (6-2, 1-0) finished 16-for-19 on free throws.
"Katherine Nolan was great on both ends of the floor," said Rolling Meadows coach Ryan Kirkorsky. "And Kyra Spiwak attacked the basket and did a nice job on the offensive boards."
Top scorer for Elk Grove (2-5, 0-1) was senior guard Jenny Banak, who made five 3s and finished with 17 points.
Wheeling 59, Buffalo Grove 38: The visiting Wildcats (4-3, 1-0) got a big effort from Melissa Claver, who scored a game-high 19 points in lifting Wheeling to an MSL East victory.
Shannon Kennedy had 11 points and Nosa Igiehon 10 for the Wildcats.
Macy Floro paced the Bison (4-3, 0-1) with 12 points, while Kendall Prochaska finished with 9 and Georgette Topalis had 8.
Hersey 55, Prospect 29: Senior Claire Gritt poured in a game-high 25 points, which included a pair of 3s, to help host Hersey (7-0, 1-0) produce a win in its MSL East opener.
Kelly Weyhrich had 9 points and Gina Miklasz 7 for the Huskies, who took control by limiting the Knights to 5 pounds in the second quarter. Weyhrich also had team-highs of 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
Maggie Determann led Prospect (2-4, 0-1) with 10 points, while Mandy Withey and Margherite Pettenuzzo both had 7. Withey also contributed a team-best 10 rebounds.