Auburn’s depth shows in Belvidere North beatdown

ROCKFORD – Super sophomores Brooklyn Gray and Zhakyla Evans were held to just 13 points in Auburn’s Tuesday night showdown with Belvidere North.

The Knights still won convincingly, 64-46, to move back into first place in the NIC-10 by a game and virtually clinch the school’s first conference basketball title.

The Blue Thunder may have kept Gray and Evans in check, but it meant a parade of layups for seniors Da Sani Hannah and Mariah Hill. Hill scored 19 points and Hannah 17 and the only ones that didn’t come at the rim or on free throws was Hill’s three-point shot at the game-ending buzzer.

Auburn improved to 22-6 overall and 14-2 in the NIC-10, while Belvidere North dropped to 13-3. The Knights’ final two NIC-10 contests are Friday at Freeport and February 13 at home against Jefferson. The Pretzels and J-Hawks have a combined five conference wins this year.

A Rockford School District school has not won the NIC-10 in girls basketball since 1991. Auburn’s the school that has come the closest, finishing second three times in the past 15 seasons.

Posted on 02.04.20