The first Friday night in December brought fans indoors for high school basketball action across the region, featuring plenty of conference matchups.
NIC-10 boys action featured Jefferson defeating Belvidere, 56-48 while East took care of Guilford, 90-49. Auburn topped Freeport, 74-48, Hononegah held off Belvidere North, 61-58, and Boylan handled Harlem, 81-54.
Big Northern boys basketball saw Rockford Christian defeat Rockford Lutheran in a BNC, all-815 matchup, 70-64. While the Crusaders lost, their female counterparts celebrated a milestone. Senior Kailyn Strawbridge eclipsed the 1,000 point mark in her Lutheran career in a winning night for the Lady Crusaders.
Other BNC boys scores: Byron defeated Mendota, 73-62, and Genoa-Kingston beat Oregon, 62-29.