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Rosary's Megan Conlin is fouled from behind as she drives to the basket against Aurora Central on Wednesday, Jan. 09, 2013. | Donnell Collins~For Sun-Times Media
After Rosary coughed up a lead late against Plano two weeks ago, first-year coach Jessie Wilcox preached that as long as the Royals learned from it, it was worth going through.
“We still have plenty of games left,” Wilcox said after that game. “Hopefully they can use it as a lesson.”
After that loss, Rosary went on to win three straight games, including a win over rival Aurora Central Catholic after losing to the Chargers the past two seasons. The Royals’ loss to Walther Lutheran Saturday puts them at 10-10 heading into the home stretch of the season.
“I’m very proud of this team because it’s been up and down,” Wilcox said after the ACC win. “This is a big win for Rosary.”
Rodriguez ailing for ACC
The Chargers have gone in the opposite direction the past couple of weeks in the wake of a concussion to top player Lisa Rodriguez. ACC has dropped four straight after Rodriguez went down.
In addition to losing to Rosary, the Chargers fell to a one-win St. Edward team they had beaten by 18 points earlier this season on Saturday.
“I’m not going to make any excuses,” ACC coach Mark Fitzgerald said. “She is our leading scorer, rebounder, assist person, steals person. Maybe (she’ll be back) Monday, I don’t know. Obviously we miss her and we hope that she gets back soon.”
The Chargers have fallen to 8-10 on the season after their recent slide.
Fruendt adds a college offer
Batavia junior Liza Fruendt added to her big season with a 25-point effort in a 10-point loss to rival Geneva last week, and her college recruiting is starting to heat up.
She picked up a Division I offer from Northern Kentucky this week, and as her big season continues to roll on, she figures to pick up some more interest. Her brother, Nick, was a standout at Batavia before playing four seasons at Northwestern.
Thurmond named to East Aurora Hall
Former East Aurora three-sport star Kim Thurmond will be among six new inductees to the school’s Hall of Fame on Jan. 19. Thurmond was a two-time letterwinner on the basketball team in addition to reaching the state track meet three times and playing volleyball.
Neuqua takes control of the UEC Valley
It was a big week for Neuqua Valley, as the Wildcats cemented their place atop the Upstate Eight Valley by posting wins over both of their Indian Prairie district rivals, Metea Valley and Waubonsie Valley. Neuqua is now 8-0 in league play, while Metea stands at 6-2 after a win over East Aurora Saturday.