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Close finish favors Wauconda
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Published: 12/5/2012 12:39 AM

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Kodey Thomas had a game-high 23 points, 4 steals and 3 assists, and Wauconda’s boys basketball team finally won a close one, 73-72 over visiting Grant in a North Suburban Prairie Division thriller Tuesday night.

Ricky Sidlowski added 16 points for Wauconda (2-5, 1-1), which has lost two overtime games this season and, in total, four contests decided by seven or fewer points. Austin Swenson had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals for the Bulldogs. Dion Head contributed 10 points, 4 steals and 3 assists, and Keith Blomberg chipped in 8 points, 5 assists and 4 steals.

Keion Miller’s 16 points paced Grant (2-4, 0-2), which dropped its fourth straight. Tom Blanchette, Ryan Noda and Steve Dunning each had 14 points, while Rayvon Jones (11) also scored in double digits.

Lakes 79, Round Lake 40: Justin Bergeron led the host Eagles with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Jake Kohler added 11 points in the North Suburban Prairie game.

Lakes (5-2, 2-0) led 48-18 at halftime en route to its third win in a row.

Karnell Wright had 13 points for Round Lake (0-6, 0-2).

Vernon Hills 63, Grayslake Central 51: Stephen Curry scored 11 of his game-high 17 points in the second half, as the visiting Cougars pulled away.

Vernon Hills (4-3) also received 13 points apiece from Michael Mariella and Dylan McNamara, and 10 from TJ Flis. McNamara and Mariella sank four and three 3-pointers, respectively.

Grayslake Central (1-5) received 14 points from Danny Reed and 10 from Kevin Orozco.

Zion-Benton 54, Libertyville 40: At Zion-Benton, the Wildcats lost their fourth in a row to fall to 1-5 and 0-1 in the North Suburban Lake.