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Published: 11/16/2012 12:01 AM

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Junior forward Lauren Webb led four players in double figures, as Vernon Hills’ girls basketball team improved to 2-0 in its own tournament with a 60-27 win over Lake Forest on Thursday night.

Webb finished with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals. Fellow Cougars junior forward Sydney Smith had 16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Haley Lieberman (4 steals) and Brie Bahlmann added 13 and 11 points, respectively, for Vernon Hills.

Smith sank three 3-pointers and had 11 points in the first quarter in helping the hosts build a 15-2 lead.

The Cougars’ DePaul-bound center Meri Bennett-Swanson played only one half due to a school band commitment and was held scoreless.

Marian Central 63, Wauconda 40: At Marian Central, the Bulldogs fell behind 23-9 after one quarter and never recovered, despite getting outscored only 23-22 in the middle quarters.

Dani Sturm led Wauconda (0-2) with 12 points. Lauren Nee, the Bulldogs’ only returning starter, added 8 points, and Maggie LePage chipped in six.

Elk Grove 42, North Lawndale 32: As North Lawndale kept trying to cut into the lead, Elk Grove’s girls basketball showed team its composure in the second half.

That showed up on the scoreboard, too, as the Grenadiers posted their second win in the Elk Grove-Hoffman Estates tournament.

Led by 6-foot-4 sophomore center Amber Lindfors (14 points, 8 rebounds) and 5-6 senior guard Kelly Naughton (13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals), Elk Grove pulled away to a 43-32 win on its own floor.

The Grenadiers, Hoffman Estates and Harlan are all 2-0 in the six-team tourney.

“I thought Amber played really well,” said Grens coach Kathie Swanson. “Offensively, she was aggressive. She saw she had the advantage inside and she capitalized.”