WEST CHICAGO – The St. Charles East girls bowling team moved closer to an Upstate Eight Conference River Division title on Tuesday, defeating St. Charles North, 2,857-2,817 in a home dual at Bowling Green.
While North's Bobby Jo Buhlman rolled the meet's high game (265) and series (632), East countered with five 200-plus games. Erin Heuer led the way with a 236, and also turned in the team's top series (616).
"Tonight was awesome," North coach Lindsay Madej said. "Both teams came out marking. It was fun to watch from a coach's and fan's perspective, and the girls had a ton of fun bowling tonight. It was an awesome atmosphere."
East and North both entered the meet having earned all 20 possible conference points to date. Teams can win up to five points at a meet, gaining one for winning a game and two for taking the overall series.
The Saints won the first and last games as well as the series. The conference season is set to conclude at Thursday's UEC Position Night at Elgin Lanes. All teams will roll three more games, with separate River and Valley champions to be determined after those results.
Dana Brandt added a 218 game for the Saints, while Angela Solis had a 216. North's Lynn Byers rolled a 213 in her second game.
Rochelle 2,718, Kaneland 2,688: At T-Byrd Lanes in Rochelle, Morgan Wojciechowski (482 series) and Christie Crews (475) paced Kaneland in a narrow Northern Illinois Big 12 defeat. Ellissa Eckert had the Knights' top game with a 168.
Mooseheart 68, Luther North 41: At Mooseheart, Makur Puou scored a career high 35 points to go with 17 rebounds and four blocked shots as the Ramblers (9-4, 4-0 Northeastern Athletic) cruised. Ramblers coach Ron Ahrens said the 6-foot-10 Puou's continued emergence has been driven by his teammates.
"It's not him, it's our other guys figuring it out that he's the best player on the floor," Ahrens said. "And we're trying to get him the ball more. We're really getting the ball down quick, getting it into the post quick. He's going to be seeing the ball more."
Montini 67, Wheaton Academy 24: At West Chicago, Wheaton Academy lost in SCC play.