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Prep roundup St. Francis boys basketball downs Marian

WOODSTOCK – St. Francis took care of business on the road Friday night with a 61-42 victory over Marian Central in a Suburban Christian Conference Blue boys basketball game.

Brian Spahn and Ryan Coyle scored 16 points each as the Spartans (16-5, 6-2 SCC Blue) led wire-to-wire and were never seriously challenged by the Hurricanes.

“I’m happy with our effeciency against their [2-3] zone,” Spartans coach Bob Ward said. “We’re a very unselfish team. We play hard and we’re a good defensive team.”

Kaneland 52, Rochelle 51:
At Maple Park, Kaneland closed the Northern Illinois Big 12 East and regular season with an inadvertent nail-biter. After taking an 18-4 lead after one quarter, the Knights trailed in the closing seconds before Emma Bradford’s two free throws with 1.2 seconds left provided the winning points.

“Our kids hung in there. Emma stepped up, and we were able to pull one out by executing down the stretch,” Knights coach Ernie Colombe said.

Bradford finished with nine points for the Knights (17-9, 7-3 NI Big 12 East). Ashley Prost (13) and Ally O’Herron (12) finished in double figures.

East’s Sulaitis narrowly makes state finals cut:
At Cherry Bowl Lanes in Rockford, St. Charles East senior Katherine Sulaitis earned the 30th and final individual spot for today’s IHSA state tournament final rounds by one pin.

Sulaitis registered a total pinfall of 1,240 over six games at the state preliminaries to edge Leyden freshman Ashley Kriston (1,239). Sulaitis rolled a 641 series in the morning – which included a 249 in the third game – and a 599 series in the afternoon.

Lincoln-Way West junior Morgan Flaherty leads the field with a 1,430. She, Sulaitis and the top remaining bowlers (30 individuals and 12 teams), are set to conclude the finals with three-game rounds beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. today.

• Joe Stevenson contributed to this report.

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