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Prep roundup: Novak 3 gives North girls first win

Published: Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ELMHURST – Sam Novak hit the decisive 3-pointer with about 13 seconds to go to complete a comeback for the St. Charles North girls basketball team, which defeated host York on Friday, 55-54, in York’s tournament.

North girls coach Sean Masoncup said a Morgan Rosencrants screen helped set up Novak.

“We got her the basketball, she caught it and shot without thinking, and that’s what we’ve been talking to the girls about, making sure believing in what we’re doing,” Masoncup said. “That’s what she did, and it was huge.”

So was the victory overall for North, which improved to 1-3 at the season-opening tournament ahead of today’s finale against Conant. The win was the first for North under Masoncup, who saw his team rally from an eight-point deficit with just a few minutes to go.

“The girls were really excited, walking into the locker room,” Masoncup said. “We’ve been talking about believing – this is such a tough tournament, they’ve struggled in the past [at York], to finally be able to get one out here shows that they can believe in themselves and know they can compete with anyone. It was a lot of fun.”

Nichole Davidson (17 points), Rosencrants (12) and Novak (11) were all in double figures for North.

Immaculate Conception Tournament: Kaneland defeated Regina, 45-37, behind 14 points from Caroline Heimerdinger. Heimerdinger made three of the four 3-pointers hit by the Knights (3-2) .

Morton Tournament: Batavia went 1-1 on the day, defeating Peoria Richwoods, 64-57, before falling to host Morton. Batavia (2-1) will continue tournament play today against Morton.

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Wheaton Academy tournament: Wheaton Academy trounced Streamwood, 84-41, to improve to 3-0 at its tournament. Gordon Behr scored 15 points for the Warriors while Josh Ruggles and Chandler Fuzak each chipped in 13 points.

Joliet West tournament: Aurora Central Catholic lost to Thornridge, 77-65, despite 20 points from Andy Czerak and 18 points from Brett Czerak. The Chargers fall to 0-3.

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