Plainfield East holds off Bolingbrook, headed to 1st sectional final in school history

History was made and matched Tuesday night in the East Aurora Sectional semifinal matchup between No. 7 seed Plainfield East and No. 1 Bolingbrook. In the Bengals’ 69-60 win over the Raiders, East set a program record with its 25th win, the girls became the first team in school history to advance to a sectional final and they are only the second basketball team in District 202 history to advance to a sectional championship (Plainfield girls, 2001). “We’re not settling,” Plainfield East coach Tony Wazonis said. “Our goal is to be…

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Plainfield East wins first regional title; Bolingbrook up next

Not many people gave No. 7 seed Plainfield East a chance to beat No. 2 Oswego East in the Plainfield East Regional final Thursday. However, the Bengals believed and that belief paid off in a 51-48 win after losing each of their previous two meetings by more than 20 points. “The first time we played them Kennedy Collins was hurt and we weren’t sure how long she would be out for,” Plainfield East coach Tony Wazonis said. “The second time we just lost to Minooka and were a little bit…

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Plainfield East rolls past Lockport; earns rematch with Oswego East in regional final

Olivia Jenkins talks about Plainfield East's win over Lockport. Jenkins scored 26 points. Posted by Plainfield Sports Network on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Typically a matchup between seven and 10 seeds is a close game, but that wasn’t the case in the Plainfield East Regional semifinal. Plainfield East, the No. 7 seed, got off to a fast start and never looked back in a 70-55 win over No. 10 Lockport. “Losing Kennedy (Collins) Tuesday, we knew it would be a big loss for us and she would be out for…

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District 202 girls basketball teams face difficult postseason road

Once again this year the Plainfield girls basketball teams will face an uphill battle in perhaps the state’s toughest sectional complex. All four schools are in the East Aurora Sectional, which is home to a couple of the top teams in the state. Two-time defending champion Benet is the No. 1 seed and a threat to win a third straight state title. Meanwhile, Southwest Prairie Conference foe Oswego East is a tough No. 2 seed in the sectional. Of the local teams, Plainfield East (21-7) is the highest seed, sitting…

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Pressure defense, ball movement key Plainfield East win over South

Plainfield East used its pressure defense and ball movement to jump out to a 15-0 lead en route to a 77-35 win Tuesday night over Plainfield South at South. It was a 22-5 lead after the first quarter and 48-11 at the half. “We talked about staying unselfish and we’ve been very unselfish lately,” East coach Anthony Wazonis said. “Most of our baskets come off assists and when we do that and run up and down the court, we are hard to stop. We want to keep that focus for…

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Plainfield Central boys hoops tops Plainfield North; East girls roll Joliet Central

Plainfield Central took down Plainfield North 50-41 Tuesday night at Central. Kameron Williams led five Wildcats with at least eight points, scoring 10. •Plainfield East fell to Joliet Central 60-39. GIRLS HOOPS Plainfield East moved to 13-4 with a 61-33 win over Joliet Central. Olivia Jenkins led the way with 16 points, Ashley Smoldt added 12 and Jada Neal chipped in with 10. The Bengals jumped out to leads of 14-3 after one quarter and 35-7 at the half.

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Plainfield girls hoops teams gear up for holiday tournaments

By Scott Taylor Multiple teams will be competing in new tournaments this year for the area girls basketball teams as Plainfield North and Plainfield East left the Oswego East Holiday Classic. The Tigers (9-3) will be entering the St. Viator Holiday Tournament, where they will play four games. They open play at 7 p.m. Dec. 26 against Lane Tech. Their next two pool games are at 5:30 p.m. against Zion-Benton and Leyden the next two days. The final round on Dec. 29 will be against a team from the other…

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Cougars get defensive in win over JCA

By Scott Taylor Plainfield South has been struggling defensively at times this year, but you wouldn’t have known it Tuesday night at Joliet Catholic. The Cougars (3-7) forced turnovers and difficult shots throughout the game in a 31-20 win over the Angels. “We were stressing that if they were going to score, it would have to be from the outside,” South coach Lincoln DePaula said. “We wanted to protect the paint and the girls took it to heart. We pressured the ball and they couldn’t really get anything going. It…

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Plainfield North pulls away late, tops Plainfield Central

By Scott Taylor Plainfield North outscored Plainfield Central Tuesday night 10-1 in the fourth quarter in a 37-23 win at Central. The Tigers led 27-22 after three quarters and that was the score early in the fourth quarter when the game’s turning point took place. The Wildcats missed a pair of free throws that could have made it a one possession game. On the other end the Tigers missed a shot but Lauren Higgins picked up her own miss and was fouled on a shot. She sunk both free throws…

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