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Knocking off the champs : Sports : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Knocking off the champs
Oswego East girls basketball defeat Romeoville to move to 3-0 in SPC

by Kristin Sharp


A lopsided victory over defending Southwest Prairie Conference champion Romeoville kept the Oswego East girls' basketball team undefeated in league play to set up a key road game on Friday.

The Wolves (4-7, 3-0 SPC) will travel to Oswego (4-5, 3-0 SPC) and face the only other undefeated team in the SPC.

"They shoot well and play hard and we have to get ready for their man-to-man," Oswego East head coach Abe Carretto said. "We need to make any adjustments that we need. For right now, I'm just trying to get focused on making sure they're doing well in finals too and get ready for Friday."

It will be the first opportunity for several of Oswego East's top players to experience the crosstown rivalry, including freshman Sydney Schultz and junior transfer Nia Flowers.

"Sydney (Schultz) played with us in the summer and played junior high basketball against the other Oswego girls so she has an idea that it's an important game, but I don't think they realize how much of a rivalry is there," Carretto said. "It'll be the first taste for Sydney of real high school rivalry basketball and it can get kind of crazy in there. Nia has played varsity basketball before, so she understands it a bit more."

Oswego East picked up a 68-44 win at Romeoville last Friday, ending a two-game skid against non-conference foes Naperville North and DeKalb. Oswego East developed a single-digit lead by halftime, but pulled away in the third quarter thanks to several steals that resulted in baskets for the Wolves to extend their lead.

"We did a good job," Carretto said. "Romeoville shot the ball really well and they have a really good three-point shooter. They were hitting shots like crazy and we changed up our defense and that helped out a lot."

Senior Venita Parsons had 14 points while freshman Sydney Schultz had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Nia Flowers contributed to the balanced scoring effort with 14 points and senior Julianna Wadsworth chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds.

"Nia, Julianna and Sydney can look for each other a lot and have a lot of assists to each other," Carretto said. "They get those opportunities to score quick buckets because of what they're doing. We were making our shots and Julianna was driving to the basket. Sydney and the others were there to crash the boards and have some quick putbacks as well.

Oswego East received the No. 5 seed in the 16-team tournament with Metea Valley, Joliet Central and Proviso East filling in the top three, respectively. The Wolves will open tournament play on Monday at 2:30 p.m. against East Aurora in the blue gym. Games will take place simultaneously in the main gym and blue gym through Dec. 28.

"If we win our first game, our second game against York is going to be a tough one because they've played some good competition," Carretto said. "East Aurora always comes in here and plays hard and you have to be ready for anything with them. You've got to take it one game at a time."

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