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Sports

Yorkville girls basketball extend win streak to seven

Foxes prepare for Ottawa's Holiday Tournament

Despite playing most of its games on the road so far, the Yorkville girls' basketball team has won seven straight, including two Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference outings against Morris and Sycamore.

Going into the final conference game of the season against Rochelle, the Foxes are 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the league.

"We are playing better - but we know the competition will get stronger as the year goes on," Yorkville head coach Luke Engelhardt said. "Sycamore is a good team and was our first real test. The girls showed maturity, and it was a nice win."

Last Thursday, the Foxes topped Sycamore, 45-32. Yorkville led 19-17 at the break before outscoring the Spartans 18-5 in the third quarter for a 37-22 advantage going into the fourth quarter.

Yorkville was led by junior guard Audrey Macciomei (10 points), sophomore Lauren Daffenberg (eight points) and senior guard Sydney Beach (seven points).

In the 61-22 victory over Morris on Dec. 8, the Foxes led 33-5 at halftime after going on a 23-3 run in the second quarter. Ten players scored for Yorkville, including Daffenberg (13 points), junior Katie Nolan (12 points) and Macciomei (seven points).

"We didn't start off so great, but then we had that nice spurt in the second quarter," Engelhardt said. "We held them to just one field goal in the first half, so the defense is really coming around."

After Rochelle, the Foxes will once again be a part of Ottawa's Holiday Classic, which starts on Saturday. Yorkville will begin action against Rockford East, followed by LaSalle-Peru on Monday. The games on Dec. 22 and 23 are to be determined.

"It's a good tournament with good competition before Christmas," Engelhardt said. "We've never won it - we've placed second a few times, so (winning it) is the goal."

After Ottawa, the Foxes will not play again until Jan. 5 at home against DeKalb in conference action.

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