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Sports

Yorkville girls basketball nets third place at IMSA

Foxes resume tournament at home with 55-29 win over Ottawa

Due to a snowstorm on Nov. 21, the Yorkville girls' basketball team could not complete its third-place game against Ottawa at IMSA's Hoop Happenings Tournament.

Instead, the Foxes and Pirates had to wait until Nov. 25 to play the game. Yorkville ended up hosting the contest and defeated Ottawa, 55-29. The strange scheduling was not a problem for either team, as both were just glad to get the game in.

The Foxes are now 3-1 overall entering the first Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference game of the season at LaSalle-Peru on Friday and the non-conference contest at Plano on Saturday.

Indian Creek - Yorkville's only loss - ended up winning the tournament after defeating Aurora Christian, 49-34, in the title game.

"It was a good thing we were able to reschedule. We would have had (almost two weeks off) without a game," Yorkville head coach Luke Engelhardt said. "It was nice to fill that void with a home game. We didn't want to take the forfeit or cancel it."

Against Ottawa, Yorkville jumped out to a 28-6 first-quarter advantage, which was the Foxes' best start of the season. Lauren Daffenberg scored 10 of her team-high 17 points in the first quarter.

At the break, the Foxes led 37-12 and led the rest of the way. Entering the fourth quarter, Yorkville had the 50-25 advantage.

In addition to Daffenberg, Audrey Macciomei added 11 points and Lindsay Harrison scored 10 for the Foxes.

"We'll get better as we get more game experience," Engelhardt said. "We are not at full strength just yet."

Senior guard Sydney Beach is still out after she injured her ankle in the first game of the season, and junior center Katie Nolan, who was last year's leading scorer, was able to play a few minutes against Ottawa after missing the first three games of the year resting a hip injury from the volleyball season.

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