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College basketball: Waubonsee sweeps Sauk Valley

Some teams would have wilted on the vine.

After all, their comfortable lead was wiped out by halftime and — adding insult to injury — the guests threatened to make it a one-horse race by scoring the first seven points of the second half, bolting to a 40-31 lead.

Only the Waubonsee Community College men’s basketball team had no interest in wilting and battled back to defeat Sauk Valley, 70-62, Tuesday night at Erickson Hall.

“The kids came out and responded, particularly after Sauk Valley opened up in that second half,” WCC coach David Heiss said. “I called a timeout, got on a couple people and the kids kept their composure.”

Heiss didn’t wave a magic wand, but asked for and received solid performances from every number he called.

D.J. Vaughn ended Sauk Valley’s 7-0 second half start by dropping a three-point shot from the corner. That fueled a 12-0 Chiefs run for a 43-40 lead. Sauk Valley would never get back in the game.

Vaughn finished with 16 points and was one of four Chiefs in double figures.

Marcus Franklin led the way with 19 points, dropping a pair of free throws to ice the win with 33.5 seconds remaining.

Tramell Weathersby took advantage of some sharp passing by teammates to score 12 points. He also battled for seven huge rebounds.

Then there was Nick Townes. Held scoreless in the first half, Townes erupted fort 14 points after intermission. He also had a game-high six assists.

“He made some good decisions, ran the offense and took charge,” Heiss said. “He made some free throws and took it to the rim.”

Waubonsee’s defense was another factor. The Chiefs held 6-8 Daven Ottley, who averages 18 points and 10 rebounds a game, to 10 points and four rebounds.

It wasn’t a complete win for the 5-2 Chiefs but they did show positive signs against a pretty good Sauk Valley (3-3) team.

“It’s something to build on,” Heiss said.

Women’s game

Waubonsee 72, Sauk Valley 64 — Karla Vietinghoff had a monster game with 28 points and 11 rebounds to help lift the Chiefs to the .500 level at 4-4. Vietinghoff was 13 of 13 from the free throw line.

Freshman point guard Emily Magee added 10 points while Samantha Alvis and Katilyn Rosa had eight points each.

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