STREAMWOOD – The Batavia girls basketball team survived a scare from host Streamwood on Saturday to clinch a share of the Upstate Eight Conference River title, knocking off the Sabres, 46-45.
The gamed ended in odd fashion as Streamwood failed to foul to stop the clock, allowing Batavia to run the last "10 to 15 seconds" off the clock, according to Bulldogs coach Kevin Jensen.
"It was almost as if the girls on their side were thinking we're not supposed to foul Liza (Fruendt) because odds are she's going to knock them both down and someone else maybe is going to miss one or two," Jensen said. "But the last 12 seconds or so she had it and just kind of dribbled it out and had two girls trying to trap her. She kind of dribbled it out, and that was it."
With Batavia not yet in the bonus during the fourth quarter, Streamwood played aggressive defense and managed a few steals to tighten the game. The Sabres almost completed the comeback.
"We tried to slow down a little but just to keep the ball moving," Jensen said. "Sometimes you do that and you wind up not getting anything going on offense."
Batavia (18-8, 10-2 UEC River) shares the conference title with Geneva, which defeated St. Charles North on Saturday night to earn its piece of the conference. Batavia won both head-to-head games with Geneva and thus will host UEC Valley champion Neuqua Valley on Friday in the regular season-ending conference crossovers, Jensen said.
Newark 50, Aurora Central Catholic 46: At Aurora, Gabi Alfaro had 19 points and Kalie Soris added 11 but ACC (11-12) couldn't bounce back after an emotional win the night before against Rosary.
Geneva 53, Quincy 46: At Quincy, Geneva muzzled Quincy 12-0 in the first quarter and played strong defense throughout the non-conference road win. Nate Navigato (19 points) and Chris Parrilli (11) led the Vikings (19-4) offensively, while coach Phil Ralston praised Mike Landi's efforts on the glass and Pace Temple's defense off the bench.
Aurora Central Catholic 50, Aurora Christian 47: At Aurora, Sean Harreld scored 17 points and Sean Anger had 10 as ACC won the intracity, Suburban Christian Conference matchup. Wes Wolfe had 14 and Johnathan Harrell added 12 for Aurora Christian.
IHSA Class 3A Waubonsie Valley Regional: Marmion won the nine-team regional with champions at 113 pounds (Anthony Bosco), 120 (AJ Jaffe), 126 (Johnny Jimenez), 132 (Anthony Cheloni), 152 (Trace Carello), 170 (Nick Ferraro), 182 (Nathan Traxler), 195 (Josh Meyers) and 220 (Lucas Warren).
Batavia finished seventh as a team but advanced individuals Connor McKeehan (220 pounds), Noah Frazier (195) and Joe Posledni (126) to sectionals.
Class 2A Belvidere Regional: Kaneland placed third behind Sandwich and Sycamore in the nine-team field. The Knights were paced by heavyweight champion Justin Diddell and runners-up Tom Price (170 pounds) and Austin Parks (160).
Burlington Central took eighth place as a team.
Metea Valley Regional: At Parkside Lanes, St. Charles North finished second and St. Charles East third as both teams advanced on to sectionals.
Ashley Montgomery (1,220 pinball) and Bobbi Jo Buhlman (1,161) paced North while Erin Heuer (1,177) and Dana Brandt (1,138) led East. Kaneland's Christie Crews (908) and Geneva's Brenna Baumgartner (859) advanced as individuals.