LOMBARD – Freshman post player Grace Loberg continued to make a big impact for the Geneva girls basketball team, scoring 17 points and grabbing eight rebounds as the Vikings defeated St. Joseph in consolation play Thursday at the Montini Holiday Tournament, 57-40.
Loberg has led Geneva in scoring in each of the four games since being called up to the varsity. She is averaging about 17 points, according to coach Sarah Meadows, who said she was hesitant to pull the freshman up to start the season after Loberg’s lengthy postseason run with the Vikings girls volleyball team.
“She’s clearly making us second-guess that we didn’t do it from the beginning, but she’s playing some huge minutes for us,” Meadows said.
Meadows said she’s also been impressed by Loberg’s maturity.
“She doesn’t get worked up or show emotion at all, positive or negative, which I think is a great quality in a basketball player,” Meadows said. “She just is even-keeled, and our kids love her. Very, very humble kid.”
Morgan Seberger scored 15 points for Geneva (9-3), while Sidney Santos had eight points and 10 assists as she shoulders more of a distributing role in the absence of Michaela Loebel, out indefinitely with knee discomfort that Meadows hopes is not long-term.
“[Santos is] for sure our point guard, and a ton of those [assists] are to Grace,” Meadows said. “They’re starting to click, and I can only see that getting easier and better and more successful as they continue to play together.”
The Vikings will face South Elgin – a team Geneva beat in overtime earlier this season – in the next round at 1:15 p.m. today.
Dixon tournament: Kaneland fell to Stillman Valley, 46-39, despite nine points apiece from Katie Brinkman and Camri Conley. The Knights (6-7) committed 23 turnovers in the opening round of the tournament.
Elsewhere at the Dixon tournament, Aurora Christian lost to Dunlap, 52-41.
Alyssa Andersen scored 13 points and Natasha Brown had 17 rebounds for the Eagles (8-5).
Dundee-Crown tournament: St. Charles North fell to New Trier, 72-44, as the North Stars were dropped into the consolation bracket, where North will face Resurrection today.
Oswego East tournament: Aurora Central Catholic sputtered out of the gate and lost to Metea Valley, 56-42. Gabi Alfaro scored 11 points to pace ACC (7-4), which trailed, 15-3, after the first quarter.
Lisle tournament: Wheaton Academy whipped Timothy Christian, 59-24. Ten players scored for the balanced Warriors, led by nine points from Marissa Gagliano.
Elgin tournament: Phillips defeated Batavia, 53-46, in second-round play. The Bulldogs (3-8) came within three points in the fourth quarter after trailing by double digits in the third. Batavia will play Walther Christian at 1:45 p.m. today.
Plano tournament: No. 12 seed Aurora Christian upended No. 5 seed, Genoa-Kingston, 61-44, behind 23 points and nine rebounds from Zach Singer. Johnathan Harrell added 15 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and R.D. Lutze also had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles, who dominated the glass. Aurora Christian advances to face Newark at 3:30 p.m. today.
East Aurora tournament: Five Aurora Central Catholic players were in double figures – Evan Schuetz (18 points), Brandon Babier (15), Sean Harreld (14), Matt Schaefer (11) and Andy Czerak (11) – as the Chargers won their tournament opener against Milwaukee North, 81-77.
DeKalb tournament: Marmion fell to Belvidere, 60-43, in a Chuck Dayton semifinal. The Cadets will play for third place at 6 p.m. tonight against West Chicago.