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Nice to see butts in the seats for girls' games

These girls-boys basketball doubleheaders that are popping up all over the area this year are a logical way to bump attendance for the girls games.

Batavia and Geneva got together for a double feature on Friday night in Geneva to a pretty much packed house and more of the same was planned for Saturday in St. Chuck until the guys moved their game since East and North met by accident last week in the turkey tournament.

It's just a law of nature that boys basketball is going to draw better than girls 99 times out of 100, but when people actually sit down and watch the ladies play ball, whether they intended to or not, they tend to come away impressed.

As for Friday's game, that loss had to sting for the Batavia girls, who fought Geneva to a standstill for almost the whole game but came up a bit short. Don't look now, but another Fruendt has taken the area basketball scene by storm. Liza is doing some serious ballin' so far this season.

Give credit to the Lady Vikes, though, for defending their home court. A Geneva girls basketball team forgoing the press sounds like basketball sacrilege, but with the Vikings' injury woes and all that size, playing more of a halfcourt game looks like the recipe for success with this group.

Still think it could end up being a three-horse race on the girls' side of the River race, maybe even a four-team race if St. Charles East and Streamwood can both play their way into the mix. Sly see both Batavia and Geneva staying in the hunt all the way, with the Vikings showing Friday they're still the champs until proven otherwise.

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