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Girls basketball: Romeoville breaks away from Oswego

Oswego's Krissy Klingbeil looks for an open teammate during Tuesday's game. | Terence Guider-Shaw~For Sun-Times Media

Oswego's Krissy Klingbeil looks for an open teammate during Tuesday's game. | Terence Guider-Shaw~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 29, 2012 6:14AM

Romeoville’s girls basketball team shared the Southwest Prairie Conference title with Oswego East last season, and the Spartans got their defense of that crown off to a solid start against Oswego Tuesday.

The Spartans trailed by one at the half, but a 10-0 run in the third quarter created enough separation for a 47-40 win as they improved to 5-0 overall this season.

Of Romeoville’s nine field goals in the third quarter, eight were layups.

“That was something that we talked about at halftime,” Romeoville coach Julio Carrasco said. “We had to attack the hoop. It helped that we started making some shots. First half, we missed a few.”

Oswego (3-3, 0-1) held a 10-4 lead late in the first quarter but didn’t score a point in the second quarter until the 3:11 mark. Romeoville took advantage with an 8-0 run to start the period. But Siarra O’Neill’s layup in the waning seconds of the half gave Oswego a 19-18 lead at the break.

In the third, it was back and forth before the Spartans put together the critical 10-0 run. They forced nine Oswego turnovers in the quarter, which helped build the lead.

“We missed 11 free throws and we had 19 turnovers,” Oswego coach Chad Pohlmann said. “Against good teams like Romeoville, you can’t afford those kinds of mistakes.”

Despite all of that, O’Neill’s three-pointer in the fourth cut the lead to 40-35, keeping the Panthers in the game. But Romeoville senior Kiera Currie took over to put the game away. She scored seven straight Spartans points to push the lead back out to 45-36.

Despite not starting and not scoring in the first quarter, Currie wound up leading Romeoville with 21 points and eight rebounds.

“She did a tremendous job,” Carrasco said.

Abigail Smith added 14 points for Romeoville, which has an all-senior starting lineup.

Conversely, Oswego started four sophomores and a junior against the defending conference champions and wound up losing by only seven points.

“To take them to seven points for our young ballclub is a good performance,” Pohlmann said. “This is a good bounce-back game for us, even though we ended up losing. We’re going to keep working.”

Erin Sinnott led the Panthers with 14 points. Amri Wilder added 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

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