HARVARD – Burlington Central’s girls basketball team wasted no time asserting its game plan against Harvard.
The Rockets pounced on the Hornets’ backcourt Wednesday with their full court press, forcing 34 turnovers, including 16 in the first quarter. Easy points off the fast break pushed Central to a 21-point lead by halftime as it cruised to a 61-17 Big Northern Conference East win.
Central (8-1, 3-0 BNC East) jumped to a 13-2 lead within the first 3:30 of the game, with four of its baskets coming off layups.
“We’re trying to get them to communicate and talk and be aggressive,” Rockets coach Mark Smith said. “They’re already naturally pretty good basketball players, so I’ve been blessed with some good talent and they bought into what we’re doing. So far, it’s pretty good and hopefully we’ll keep it up down the road and keep improving.”
Freshman guard Kayla Ross led Central with 16 points and Alison Colby and Shelby Holt each added 11 points. Randi Blazier led the Hornets (2-9, 0-3) with nine points.
Aurora Christian 47, Ottawa Marquette 42: At Aurora, Aurora Christian withstood eight three-pointers from the visitors to improve to 7-4.
Alyssa Andersen sparked the Eagles with 18 points, while Natasha Brown, Alex Hultine and Taylor Eaves tallied seven apiece. Brown added 18 rebounds, four steals and two blocks.
Ottawa Marquette swished just one 3-pointer after halftime.
Oswego Invitational: Neuqua Valley 80, Batavia 46: Erin Bayram scored a team-high 15 points to lead 8-4 Batavia in defeat.
Geneva wins triangular: At Lombard, Geneva (138.8) topped Glenbard South (123.85) and host Glenbard East (91.5) in a triangular.
Ashley Puff won the all-around (34.2) and floor exercise (9.2) for the Vikings, while Dominique Brognia took titles in the bars (8.7) and beam (8.5). Winner McKenna Merges scored a 9.2 on vault.
St. Charles East 2,595, Larkin, 2,175: At Bowling Green in West Chicago, East swept all five conference points from the dual behind Erin Heuer's 627 series. Heuer's 245 was the team's high game. Emily Brown (216) and Vicki Banas (205) also shined for the Saints.
• Shaw Media’s Meghan Montemurro contributed to this report.