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Burton, Grant put a hurtin’ on N. Chicago
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Published: 11/29/201 11:18 PM

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Junior guard McKenzie Burton scored a career-high 23 points, including a 3-pointer, as Grant’s girls basketball team defeated visiting North Chicago 62-54 on Thursday night.

It was the second straight win for the Bulldogs, who improved to 3-4 and 1-0 in the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division.

Grant also got 9 points apiece from junior forward Deanna Rodriguez and freshman guard Jasmine Sangster.

Lakes 46, Wauconda 35: Terese McMahon and Amanda Smith scored 15 and 13 points, respectively, in limited minutes, as the Eagles improved to 4-3 and 2-0 in the North Suburban Prairie Division.

“We played a good first half but got pretty sloppy in the fourth quarter, giving up 17 points to a Wauconda team that did not give up,” Lakes coach Pete Schneider said. “Our kids have to be ready to play when given the opportunity, and we just did not play well in the fourth quarter.”

Lakes led 27-10 at halftime and 39-18 after three quarters. The Eagles were still up 21 points with less than four minutes left, but gave up what Schneider called “a ton of easy looks and putbacks.”

Heather Hurlbut added 9 points for Lakes, and Sam Ney had 7.

“Sam and Heather stepped up their game and showed some good leadership tonight,” Schneider said. “It was great to see them get after it and have good games.”

Wauconda (1-4, 0-1) was led my Lauren Nee with 14 points.

Vernon Hills 54, Round Lake 23: The Cougars cruised in their North Suburban Prairie opener, improving to 7-0.

Alina Lehocky scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for Vernon Hills, while Meri Bennett-Swanson added 10 points and 5 boards. Sydney Smith had 9 points and 6 rebounds, and Lauren Webb contributed 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.

Shawna Edens scored 7 points, including a 3-pointer, for Round Lake, which fell to 0-2 in the NSC Prairie. Bianca Mahoney had 6 points.

Warren 41, Lake Zurich 23: Alyssa Phillips had 12 points and 6 rebounds, and Cassie Christie added 10 points and 6 boards for the host Blue Devils in the North Suburban Lake Division opener.

Kristin O’Brien chipped in 7 points and 3 assists for Warren.

Lake Zurich’s Sarah Stefaniu led all scorers with 13 points. Eleanor Daleske grabbed 8 rebounds, blocked 2 shots and recorded 2 steals for the Bears, who fell to 2-5 overall.