JOLIET – Big games from Kaitlin Aylward and Andriana Acosta led the University of St. Francis women’s basketball team to an 87-58 thrashing of Olivet Nazarene on Saturday at the Sullivan Center.
Aylward and Acosta combined for
55 points and 22 rebounds while shooting 20 of 26 (77 percent) from the field. Aylward added seven assists, and Acosta finished with a career-high 22 points. Madi Canady also had seven helpers to go along with 10 points.
On the defensive end, USF (7-3, 5-1 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference) limited the Tigers (5-7, 3-3) to their second-lowest scoring output of the season. The Saints held ONU to only five 3-pointers and none in transition. St. Francis helped itself out by only turning the ball over 19 times, resulting in only 14 Olivet Nazarene points. Coming into today’s matchup, the Tigers were forcing 32 turnovers and knocking down over 12 3-pointers per game.
IESA GIRLS BASKETBALL
Troy eighth-graders reach title game: Troy Middle School’s eighth-grade girls basketball team beat Arlington Heights Thomas, 65-43, in the quarterfinals and Rochester, 41-11, in the semifinals to advance to the Illinois Elementary School Association state finals.
The Trojans (27-1) play East St. Louis Lincoln at Macon Meridian at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. They were led against Rochester by Lisa Thompson (19 points) while in the semifinals, Thompson (22 points), Kennise Johnson (15 points) and Jasmine Brown (14 points) were Troy’s leading scorers. Summit Hill edged Effingham, 34-32, in its quarterfinal but then fell to East St. Louis 45-44 in the semifinals.
Leading Summit Hill in the semifinals was Kelly Raslavicz (13 points), while the Spartans were led by Maddie Raske (15 points) in the quarterfinals.
Joliet Central first at Pontiac: The Steelmen outscored Normal West, 222.5-207, to take first place in the competition. Leading Central were Mario Leon (second, 138 pounds), Ke’Andre Wiley (second, 170) and Damaris Stanley (second, 220).
Lincoln-Way West wins DG South title: The Warriors won the dual-meet tournament after beating Rolling Meadows, 77-0, Belleville West, 52-19, Wheaton Warrenville South, 47-21, Grant, 46-17, and Barrington, 48-12. Going 5-0 for the Warriors were Javen Estrada, Payton Geigner, Alex Grenier, Chris Kennedy, Josh Pakula and Jacob Cronk.
Lockport at Walsh Ironman: Porter Matt Ramos went 5-2 to finish in fifth place at 120 in one of the nation’s toughest tournaments.
Providence St. Mel 56, Lemont 44: St. Mel ran away with the contest in the second half during play at the Team Rose Shootout at Mount Carmel.
Billy Bozue led Lemont (4-4) with
17 points, while Nate Ferguson added 15.
Madison East (Wis.) 79, Bolingbrook 74: The Raiders dropped their second consecutive game at the Jerry Slykhuis Showcase in Iowa.
The Raiders now are 5-2.
Morris 41, Seneca 37: Jacob Overbeck scored 14 points as Morris squeaked out a win on the floor of the United Center to improve to 4-4 on the season.
Seneca fell to 4-3 with the loss.
JCA splits at Marian Catholic: The Angels (5-6) beat Neuqua Valley, 50-43, behind Mia Bertino (16 points) and Jen Krizka (11 points). But they fell, 56-44, to Aurora Central Catholic with Bertino (16 points) leading the way.
Iroquois West Holiday Hoopla: Gardner-South Wilmington won a pair of games in tournament play on Saturday, besting Iroquois West, 42-16, in the morning session and then returned in the afternoon for a 50-28 win over Clifton Central.
Kaitlyn Kavanaugh led the Panthers (8-3) in the Iroquois West game with 10 points, while Kennedy Fair paced things for GSW in the Central game with 14.
Dwight also split a pair of games, losing to Clifton Central, 50-49, and defeating Iroquois West, 56-25.
Mel Stewart scored a career-high
33 points in the Central game, while Kayla Kodat paced the Trojans (3-4) with 22 in the Iroquois West contest.
Knights fifth at Sandburg: Lincoln-Way Central took fifth of
24 teams and were led by Alex Nolan (eighth, 1,326) and Tommy Martini (ninth, 1,308).