Created:Sunday, November 18, 2012 5:30 a.m.CDT

Gators squeak past South Elgin at girls hoops tourney

CARPENTERSVILLE – Crystal Lake South’s girls basketball team is using the early season to iron things out.

The girls have been working on trying to possess the ball a lot longer and become much stronger with the ball in their end of the court.

However, the Gators’ effort early in Saturday’s game against South Elgin was mostly opposite of that early-season mantra.

The Gators found themselves trailing, 19-16, against a scrappy South Elgin team. South knew what needed to be done to change things.

“We had to stay aggressive with them and stay physical,” Sara Mickow said. “We had to keeping pushing towards the basket. We were really trying to slow our game down. To calm down.”

The Gators (2-1) did just that to squeak past South Elgin for a narrow 43-41 victory.

The game was tied at 37 with three minutes left. The teams exchanged buckets until it was tied again at 41. Facing a tough double team, Lauren Del Vecchio passed out to the wing and Mickow was found under the basket for what turned out to be the game-winner.

Mickow finished with 13 points to lead the Gators.

“It’s still that feeling-out game right now of trying to figure out what we really do well,” head coach Kyle McCaughn said. “It’s going to take us a bunch more games to figure that out.”

McCaughn admitted that his team has the ability to play several different styles with several different lineups. That was evidenced by the fact that eight different Gators reached the scoresheet.

The Gators came out aggressive in the third quarter and built their lead, taking an 18-13 edge in that period.

Rachel Rasmussen added 10 points while Stephanie Oros scored eight.

“We just didn’t capitalize as much as we would have liked to in that first half,” McCaughn said.

“When we finally changed our defense up a bit and started to make them work, the tone changed.”

St. Viator 48, Dundee-Crown 28: The Chargers had real trouble against the Lions. After taking a 6-4 lead after the first period, St. Viator exploded to easily shoot past D-C en route to the 20-point victory.

“We didn’t come to play tonight,” coach Michelle Russell said. “We came out last night against Palatine and we played really good defense. But tonight we just came out flat.”

The Chargers committed 27 turnovers while allowing St. Viator to dictate the pace all evening.

Junior Emily Michalski led the Chargers (0-3) with six points while nine different Lion’s scored points, led by Michelle Presslak’s 12-point output.

McHenry 55, Hampshire 52: The duo of freshman Emma Beniot (20 points) and senior Jen Dumoulin (15) did most of the heavy lifting for the Whip-Purs. However, the more balanced attack from McHenry proved too much in the overtime victory.

Brittany Avonts (16 points), Gleta Taylor (15) and Sawyer Lay (11) helped the Warriors pull out the win. McHenry outscored Hampshire 5-2 in overtime to secure the victory.

Huntley 54, Streamwood 42: The Andrews sisters were dominate yet again for the victorious Red Raiders.

This time, Ali Andrews (21 points) outscored older sister Sam (20) to push Huntley over the top. Haley Ream added eight points to provide the third option for the Red Raiders (3-1).