HHS girls fight off upset-minded East

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ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Hononegah girls basketball team did something rarely seen this season: Play a close game. The Indians, who rolled through the NIC-10 schedule with their only tight game being a loss to Boylan, defeated Rockford East 48-41 Thursday night.

The victory gave the Indians a final NIC-10 record of 15-1 and an overall mark of 25-4. Hononegah placed second in the conference standings behind Boylan, who carries a perfect 27-0 mark.

The Indians were led by junior Jordan King, who scored 18 points. Hononegah led 22-13 at halftime but saw the E-Rab offense come alive in the third quarter, as East climbed back to trail 40-35 after three quarters.

Hononegah held East to six points in the final period. Cali Schmitz added 10 points for the Indians, who will face either Auburn or Guilford Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Auburn High School in IHSA postseason action.

• CLINTON 73, MCFARLAND 72: The Cougars picked up their most impressive win of the season, defeating McFarland by a single point on the road.

Clinton trailed 35-32 at halftime but rallied to score 41 second-half points. The Cougars were led by sophomore guard Hannah Welte, who scored 22 points and came up with 10 steals.

Liz Kalk had 18 points, including a 10-for-11 performance at the free throw line, and added 10 assists. Kalk hit a 3-pointer with 21 seconds left for the game's final points. Freshman Olivia Roehl finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Katie Rounds finished with 24 points while Gabi Runde had 21 for McFarland.

• BIG FOOT 68, EDGERTON 34: The Chiefs extended their winning streak to six games with an easy win over Edgerton Thursday night.

Courtney Schoenbeck scored a game-high 21 points while Reagan Courier added 15. Big Foot led 37-14 at halftime and was never seriously challenged.

The Chiefs improved to 13-2 in Rock Valley Conference play, just one game behind Jefferson with two games to play.

• WHITEWATER 63, BRODHEAD 43: The Cardinals managed just 12 first-half points and couldn't fight back from a 14-point halftime deficit in their game at Whitewater

Erin Nyhus was the only Cardinal in double figures, finishing with 19 points.

• BOYS BASKETBALL - DEERFIELD 68, PARKVIEW 56: The Vikings trailed 31-24 at halftime and couldn't make up the deficit in a loss to visiting Deerfield Thursday.

Justin Balch led Parkview with 23 points, Eli Hoscheit added 11 and Aydon Campbell finished with 10.

Nate Gjermo led Deerfield with 30 points.

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