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Oswego East's VenitParsons pushes ball up floor under pressure from East Aurora's Brandi McAlister. | Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media

Oswego East's Venita Parsons pushes the ball up the floor under pressure from East Aurora's Brandi McAlister. | Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media

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Oswego East Holiday Classic

Thursday’s results

Oswego East 51,
East Aurora 41

Lemont 45,
Plainfield North 44

Joliet Central 53,
West Chicago 39

Downers Grove South 37, Aurora Central 33

Friday’s games

Plainfield North vs. Plainfield Central, 11:30 a.m.

West Chicago vs.
Addison Trail, 1 p.m.

Lemont vs.
Aurora Central, 2:30 p.m.

Joliet Central vs.
East Aurora, 4 p.m.

Metea Valley vs. Downers Grove South, 5:30 p.m.

York vs. Oswego East, 7 p.m.

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Updated: January 29, 2013 6:36AM

At the very least, Julianna Wadsworth deserves an extra bottle of her favorite energy drink.

After what the junior did Thursday in helping her Oswego East teammates speed past East Aurora 51-41 at the Oswego East Girls Tournament, she deserves it.

Not only did Wadsworth lead the Wolves in scoring with 18 points, she grabbed key rebounds, found open teammates with crisp passes and keyed a suffocating early Oswego East defense.

“I don’t think she ever came out,” Oswego East coach Abe Carretto said.

Oswego East (7-6) knew it had to put a clamp on East Aurora senior Tyshee Towner if it had any thoughts of winning the Pool D championship. Wadsworth was a big part of doing just that.

“They’re (the Tomcats) trying to drive to the hoop,” Carretto said. “She’s (Towner) is very good at it. She (Wadsworth) played Towner and she had some nice steals and put the ball in the hoop when she needed to and it was nice to see her do that.”

A horrible start killed the Tomcats. East Aurora had trouble against Oswego East’s pressure defense and one turnover led to another in what became a frustrating three quarters.

“I think what happened was we came out very lackadaisical,” East Aurora coach Bill Anderson said. “They did a nice job in creating the turnovers.”

The key stretch in the game came midway through the second quarter when East Aurora’s 6-1 senior center Desiree Rhodes picked up her third foul and had to come out of the game.

The Wolves took advantage by bolting from a 17-13 lead to a 24-15 cushion at the half, and the Tomcats never were able to get back in the game.

When Rhodes left, the Wolves went inside for three straight baskets during a 7-0 run with Wadsworth scoring off a feed from Sonja Lewis then helping Lewis score twice on layups.

East Aurora (7-8) eventually fell behind by 19 (40-21) after the Wolves went on a 13-1 run that put the game out of reach.

The Tomcats did rally in the fourth quarter, sparked by 11 of Towner’s game-high 22 points, but it was way too little and way too late.

“There were a couple opportunities there and those are the plays we need to make,” Anderson said. “A couple plays here and there and we could have been right in it, but we did not quit.”

The Tomcats play their next game at 4 p.m. Friday while Oswego East plays York at 7 p.m.

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