Szmajda's double-double, Pakaski's near-triple-double lead Wauconda to title
Kiley Szmajda had 16 points and 16 rebounds, Jessie Pakaski nearly had a triple-double, and Wauconda's girls basketball team won its own Thanksgiving tournament by beating Richmond-Burton 52-35 on Monday night.
Szmajda also had 4 steals and 4 blocks. Pakaski tallied 11 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Both players were named to the all-tournament team.
Ella Karg had 13 points and 6 assists for Wauconda (3-1, 3-0 tourney), which led 17-6 after one quarter, 25-11 at halftime and 44-23 after three.
"We played a great first and third quarter," Bulldogs coach Jaime Dennis said. "We passed the ball well and ran the floor well. We had a few breakdowns on both ends that we will need to work on going into conference play, but this is a nice way to start the season. Kiley had a dynamite game. She was a difference-maker on the floor tonight."
Stevenson 68, Plainfield Central 48: At Willowbrook, Simone Sawyer sank three 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished with 22 points for the Patriots.
Ava Bardic (four 3s) and Avery King added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for Stevenson, which improved to 4-1 and 3-1 in the tournament with its third win in a row. The Patriots play host Willowbrook at 6 p.m. Tuesday in their tourney finale.
Elk Grove 47, Antioch 35: At Vernon Hills, the Sequoits lost despite Molly Volkmar's 13 points, including four 3-pointers, and 5 rebounds.
Hailey Webb had 4 points, 7 steals and 6 rebounds for Antioch (1-3, 1-3 tournament), which finishes the tournament Tuesday with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff against Lake Forest.