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Vernon Hill's Lauren Webb (42) goes up for a shot, Friday, at Wauconda. | Dave Shields~for Suntimes-Media
Vernon Hills continued its strong start to the season Friday night, coasting to a 49-24 North Suburban Prairie win over Wauconda.
The Cougars (9-0, 3-0) — who finished second in the state in Class 3A last season — led wire-to-wire in what was an extremely sluggish shooting performance by both clubs. Vernon Hills shot just 33.8 percent (20-for-59) from the field, while Wauconda shot just 22.9 percent (11-for-48).
Vernon Hills junior Lauren Webb had a game-high 17 points and DePaul-bound senior Meri Bennett-Swanson (12 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks) notched a double-double for Vernon Hills. The Cougars’ bench also chipped in 17 points.
“I think it’s gonna be very important for our bench to keep contributing,” said Webb, who was a key contributor on last year’s standout varsity squad. “So far, in games and in practice, they’ve been improving every single day. That will be really important if we hope to make a run downstate like we did last season.”
The Cougars used all 11 players on their roster against Wauconda.
“Yeah, we’re going to need more kids in our lineup to provide more consistent scoring (aside from Webb, Bennett-Swanson and guard Sydney Smith),” Vernon Hills coach Paul Brettner said. “We got a chance to give some of our younger players some extra minutes tonight, which will only help as the season progresses.”
The Bulldogs (2-6, 1-3) got solid contributions from sophomore Jessie Wood (team-high 10 points), along with junior guards Lauren Nee (8 points) and Dani Sturm (eight rebounds).
“It was probably one of our best efforts of the season,” Wauconda coach Jaime Dennis said. “We did a lot of good things. We passed the ball fairly well, got off some really nice shots, but unfortunately we hurried a lot of them a little bit because Vernon Hills is taller than us.”