ROCKFORD – Clutch shots and key stops propelled the Burlington Central girls basketball team past Rockford Christian, 41-35, in Tuesday’s Big Northern Conference East opener.
Behind most of the game, Central (7-0, 1-0 BNC East) took a 27-26 edge entering the fourth quarter. The Rockets held on behind solid nights from Shelby Holt (13 points) and Samantha Pryor (10).
BC recovered from a 7-for-12 night at the free throw line.
St. Charles North 61, Hoffman Estates 37: At Hoffman Estates, North (3-5) romped on the road. Nicole Davidson (17 points) and Ashling Davern (10) sparked the offense and helped North outscore Hoffman Estates, 34-16, after halftime.
Glenbard South 53, Wheaton Academy 32: At Glen Ellyn, Wheaton Academy was limited to 10 points in the first half. Jamie Netzley led the team with seven points, while Molly Thorson snagged seven rebounds.
Burlington Central 74, Elgin 68: At Elgin, Reed Hunnicutt tallied 15 points as all five Central scorers finished in double figures. Sean Fitzgerald added 13 points as the Rockets (6-1) earned what coach Brett Porto called “a good team victory.” Central went 28 for 36 from the free-throw line.
Geneva 140.6, Waubonsie Valley/Metea Valley co-op 124.1: At Geneva, Geneva’s Dominique Brognia captured the all-around title with a 37.35 score that included 9.5 marks in the balance beam and floor exercise.
Geneva improved to 3-0 as teammates Megan Beitzel (34.85) and Grace Ginsberg (33.65) followed Brognia. Both produced better all-around totals than the co-op’s best score.