CRYSTAL LAKE – Time ran out on Crystal Lake South’s comeback bid Wednesday.
The Gators’ boys basketball team overcame a 19-point deficit to lead with less than two minutes left, but Prairie Ridge held on, 45-44, to snag the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win.
South forced 26 turnovers to mount its rally, and senior Alex Bartush hit a 3-pointer with six seconds remaining to cut the Wolves’ lead to one after a pair of free throws from Michael Bradshaw, but the Gators were out of timeouts.
Junior Steven Ticknor scored 11 points and pulled down four boards to lead eight scorers for Prairie Ridge (5-12 overall, 2-2 FVC Valley).
Senior Max Meitzler had a team-high 12 points and six rebounds for South (5-11, 0-4).
Grayslake North 63, Woodstock 57: At Grayslake, Jordan Turner scored a team-high 15 points and Andy Buhrow drained four 3-pointers for 12 points, but the Blue Streaks (13-5, 3-1) couldn’t quiet A.J. Fish, who scored 19 points on nine buckets for the Knights (11-5, 2-1), which picked up the FVC Fox Division win.
Hampshire 49, Johnsburg 40: At Johnsburg, Tyler Crater connected on a trio of 3-pointers en route to a game-high 18 points, and Ryan Cork added 14 to power the Whip-Purs (14-3, 3-1) to the FVC Fox Division win.
Henry Lobermeier and Kevin Dombrowski scored eight points apiece to lead nine scorers for the Skyhawks (7-10, 1-3).
CL Central 75, Grayslake Central 53: At Crystal Lake, the Tigers (15-2, 3-1 FVC Fox) got 18 points from Corban Murphy and 11 each from Jake Vanscoyoc and Brad Knoeppel to win their division game against the Rams.
The victory, along with Woodstock’s loss, moves the Tigers into a tie for first in the Fox Division with Woodstock and Hampshire.
Johnsburg 3,027, McHenry 2,623: At Johnsburg, Joey Kass rolled the high game (257 pins) en route to the high series (702) and Brian Legnaoilo contributed 671 pins in the FVC win for the Skyhawks.
Geoff McClaughry (608) led for McHenry.
Marengo 2,987, DeKalb 2,959: At Marengo, Alex Gross rolled the high game (264) and the high series (719) to allow his Indians to edge DeKalb in nonconference action.
• Chris Burrows contributed to this report.