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Prep roundup: Aurora Central Catholic girls basketball hangs on for win

OSWEGO – Up and down? The Aurora Central Catholic girls basketball team will take it, so long as the Chargers end the game on top.

That was the case for ACC during Monday’s 59-50 victory against Downers Grove South to open Oswego East tournament play. After navigating several lead changes to take a two-point lead at the break, the Chargers erupted for 22 third-quarter points, then held off the Mustangs’ late charge.

“Great game for us today,” Chargers coach Mark Fitzgerald said. “I’m really proud of them. DG South, for the most part, had us outsized, and our kids just refused to quit.”

Natalie Droeske paced 7-3 ACC with 13 points, as nine Chargers scored. ACC has won four of its past five games.

“It couldn’t have come at a better time,” Fitzgerald said. “I’m going to have a nice Christmas now.”

Montini tournament – Huntley 47, Geneva 36: At Lombard, recent freshman call-up Grace Loberg had 14 points to lead Geneva in scoring for the third time in as many games. Abby Novak added 11 points for the Vikings (8-3)

Ottawa tournament – Geneseo 45, Kaneland 38: At Ottawa, Kaneland fell to 4-6 and will play for seventh place.

DeKalb Tournament – Marmion 59, DeKalb 43:
At DeKalb, Marmion moved to 4-6 with an opening-round win against the host Barbs.

Glenbard West tournament – Northridge Prep 44, St. Francis 26: At Glen Ellyn, St. Francis’ Adam Hart notched a double-double (14 points, 12 rebounds) in defeat. The Spartans fell to 3-4.

Elgin Tournament – Batavia 69, FW Parker 37: At Elgin, Micah Coffey scored 19 points to help 3-7 Batavia snap a six-game skid.

Kaneland’s Koehring St. Cloud-bound:
Kaneland senior linebacker Gary Koehring committed Sunday to play his college football at NCAA Division II St. Cloud (Minn.) State.

Koehring had been in touch with the program since the end of his junior season. He made an official visit on Dec. 14.

“I’m a pretty blue-collar guy and I like the outdoors, and northern Minnesota is just beautiful, the big trees and stuff,” Koehring said. “But it’s still a big city of 60 thousand or something, so you definitely get the best of both worlds there.”

Koehring led Kaneland with 113 tackles in 2013 and was named Northern Illinois Big 12 East defensive MVP.

St. Cloud State, nicknamed the Huskies, finished 12-2 this season, advancing to the Division II quarterfinals.

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