Budnik's double-double leads Highland Park past Grayslake North
Addie Budnik had 22 points, 11 rebounds, 7 blocks and 5 steals to lead Highland Park to a season-opening 44-25 win over Grayslake North in the Mundelein Thanksgiving tournament on Monday night.
The Richmond-bound Budnik, a 6-foot-2 senior, scored 9 points in the final quarter after the Giants led only 30-24 after three. Highland Park received 10 points apiece from Halle Abrams (9 rebounds) and Zoe Hayman. Budnik sank her team's only two 3-pointers.
Grayslake North, which was playing its first game under coach Roger Lass, was led in scoring by Morgan Atwell with 6 points. Jayden Curtis (3 points) and freshman Peyton Gerdes each had 5 steals.
Glenbrook South 36, Mundelein 26: At Mundelein, Colgate-bound forward Morgan Frank had 17 points (two 3-pointers), 7 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals in the Mustangs' season-opening loss.
Antioch 34, Lake Forest Academy 24: At Vernon Hills, sophomore Avery Larson had 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals for the Sequoits in their season-opening win.
Jada Shaputis and Hailey Webb (3 steals) added 7 points apiece for Antioch. Miranda Chamberlin had 6 points on two 3-pointers. Gianna Riforgiato chipped in a 3-pointer, 5 steals and 3 assists.
Antioch resumes the tournament on Wednesday with a 6 p.m. tipoff against Sycamore.
Lake Forest 51, Vernon Hills 36: At Vernon Hills, Wisconsin-bound Halle Douglass scored 21 points to lead the Scouts in the season opener.
Daniella Jarrell had 9 points, 9 rebounds and 5 steals for Vernon Hills.
Cary-Grove 53, Wauconda 42: The host Bulldogs lost their season opener in nonconference action, despite Ella Karg's 19 points and 4 assists.
Kiley Szmajda and Mackenzie Arden (8 rebounds) each had 8 points for Wauconda.
Fremd 71, Lakes 19: Grace Sullivan and Kailey Gara each had 5 points, including a 3-pointer, for the visiting Eagles in their season opener.
"We started with good energy but missed some shots early and got behind," said Lakes coach Brian Phelan, whose Eagles trailed 18-4 after one quarter and 36-7 at halftime. "Their press gave us some fits. They are a good team, well-coached and disciplined. We have a number of things we need to clean up going forward."