1. Aysia Bugg is persistent. Even when her shots were not falling Saturday against Crete-Monee, the Bolingbrook star senior guard kept at it. Helping the Raiders regroup from a nine-point halftime deficit, Bugg scored 20 of her 25 points in the second half as Bolingbrook pulled out a 59-53 win at Young. One of the few holdovers from last season’s team, Bugg added five steals, five assists and four rebounds in the win.
2. Coal City has Peotone’s number. Two weeks after defeating the Blue Devils 54-40 for the Beecher Tournament championship, the host Coalers took down Peotone in an Interstate Eight game December 9, winning 47-39 behind Britta Spelde’s 14 points and eight rebounds and Brittany Jezik’s 12 points, four rebounds and four steals. The two Interstate Eight conference rivals could meet for a third time, the conference tournament scheduled to begin January 18 Reed-Custer.
3. Holiday tournaments shall be fun. The area’s top two teams, Joliet Catholic and Bolingbrook, earned the top two seeds at the Hillcrest Holiday Tournament and should the seeds play out, the two teams would meet in the championship December 28. A revamped Medieval Classic will feature Lincoln-Way East, Providence, Minooka, Lincoln-Way West, Lincoln-Way Central, Andrew, Lincoln-Way North and Plainfield South, pool play begins December 23 with games at East.