AURORA – The Aurora Christian boys basketball team welcomed three players from its recently crowned state champion football team Tuesday as the Eagles crushed Illinois Math and Science Academy, 87-42, in their season opener.
Ryan McQuade, Ryan Suttle and Cory Windle – all projected starters – made the quick jump from football to basketball, with Windle scoring 17 of his team-high 20 points in the third quarter.
First-year Eagles coach Pat McNamara joked that the football players looked like “The Bad News Bears” in practice Monday but they managed to shake some rust on the fly.
“I thought we played with some energy,” McNamara said. “We’re trying to play defense. Right now, I don’t think we’re a strong defensive team, but guys were hustling, guys were scrapping.”
Johnathan Harrell scored 17 points and Wes Wolfe added 11 for Aurora Christian, the lone area team that did not start its season last week. The game was part of the Burney Wilkie Classic, in which the host Eagles will continue tonight against Joliet Catholic.
Geneva 49, Larkin 19: At Elgin, Abby Novak scored 10 points and Morgan Seberger and Sidney Santos chipped in nine points apiece as Geneva (4-2, 1-0 Upstate Eight Conference River) ripped Larkin in its conference opener. Santos added 11 rebounds.
West Aurora 51, Rosary 50: At Aurora, visiting West Aurora went ahead on a free throw with 7.5 seconds left and Rosary (3-4) was unable to get off a last shot. Rachel Choice and Madison Richmond each scored 12 points for the Royals.
St. Charles East 2,606, East Aurora 2,312: At Parkside Lanes in Aurora, sophomore Erin Heuer paced victorious East with a 629 series.
Sterling 3,267, Kaneland 2,795: At Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb, Kaneland lost despite a 537 series from Christie Crews.