Sophomore guards Savannah Norfleet and Cookie Boothe combined for 27 points and 10 steals to lead the Evanston girls basketball team to its first victory of the season Wednesday at the Schaumburg Thanksgiving Tournament.

The Wildkits evened their record at 1-1 by thumping Wheaton Warrenville South 50-35 in the second round of the round-robin tourney.

Norfleet, who was replaced by Boothe in the starting lineup, notched a game-high 16 points and 6 steals and teamed with Boothe (11 points, 4 steals) to trigger Evanston’s transition game as the winners capitalized on 29 South turnovers.

Evanston broke out to an 18-8 first quarter advantage and never looked back, leading 32-16 at halftime and 45-28 after three quarters. Leighah-Amori Wool added 13 points, Krystal Forrester scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, and Hanan Richmond was credited with 3 blocked shots to go with her 4 points.

“I thought Savannah played well and Cookie did some good things, too,” said Evanston coach Elliot Whitefield. “We still have to keep working, especially on defense. We got beat on their cuts over and over, and against the really good teams, those are baskets.

“This was a step forward for us — a very small one. Sometimes for this team it’ll be a small step, and other times it will be by leaps and bounds. It’s just good to get that first win.”

Source: ETHS Sports Information

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