2013 GIRLS BASKETBALL ALL-AREA TEAMS

Posted on March 5, 2013. Filed under: Basketball, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Best of the Best Girls in our coverage…

March 4, 2013

The Associated Press released its Class 3A and Class 4A All-State teams last Wednesday. There were some surprises to say the least. When a bunch of voters based in different areas of the state are unable to see several teams and players, the final selections can be somewhat head-scratching. One notable surprise came from our coverage area, in which Hillcrest senior, Dana Gettis, was NOT named to Class 3A first or second team. Gettis did everything for Hillcrest this season – she averaged 20.2 points, 5.9 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists in her senior year. You won’t find many players in the state with her numbers.

Then you have Morgan Park and Rich South, who didn’t have a single member on the all-state teams. In addition, Joliet Catholic freshman Nicole Ekhomu joined Gettis as an honorable mention pick. Ekhomu’s career should be filled with many awards and accomplishments.

But as we know, voting isn’t an inexact science that produces a wide range of results. Well, we tried to go through our coverage area with a magnifying glass… Whew, this is what we came up with…

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Here is our All-Area Amateur Sports Team (alpha order):

FIRST TEAM
Leah Bolton, Marist, (Sr.)

Kennedy Cattenhead, Bolingbrook, (Sr.)

Nicole Ekhomu, Joliet Catholic (Fr.)

Dana Gettis, Hillcrest, (Sr.)

Bria Gaines, Bloom (Sr.)

Linnae Harper, Young (Sr.)

Jasmine Lumpkin, Joliet Catholic (Jr.)

Ashton Millender, Marian Catholic, (Jr.)

Teniya Page, Marian Catholic, (So.)

JeTaun Rouse, Marist (Sr.)

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2013 HS Girls Basketball State Finals

Posted on March 2, 2013. Filed under: Basketball, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Knock knock…. who’s there? March…

March who? MARCH MADNESS!!!!!

And it’s the Girls 3A / 4A State CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!!

March 2, 2013

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As the headline states “it’s that time again” – March Madness time!

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This weekend, Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, the best of the best Illinois Girls 3A / 4A basketball teams were on one court at Redbird Arena, the campus of Illinois State University in Normal. This was the 37th annual edition of this tourney, the 22nd consecutive year that Redbird has served as the host and the sixth year of the four-class system.

For Friday’s semifinals recap, click here.

    Championship Saturday recap

What a wonderful afternoon of “amateur” sports hosted by Illinois High School Association in Normal, IL at RedBird Arena where their will be two “new” 2013 Class 3A and 4A champions.

Class 4A Championship

Marian Catholic vs Rolling Meadows

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Class 4A Third Place game

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We are unway as the 2012 Class 4A champs come out playing what we are used to seeing – aggressive and attacking basketball. With this form of play the Dolphins jumped out in the first period to a 16-6 lead.

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Class 3A Championship

Quincy Notre Dame 62, Vernon Hills 45


CONGRATULATIONS Lady Raiders on yet another undefeated season 30-0!

The two-time defending Class 2A girls basketball champion, Quincy Notre Dame, moved up this year and put some distance between them an ALL of the naysayers as they won the 2013 IHSA Girls Class 3A championship Saturday afternoon in Normal against Vernon Hills 62-45.

“It’s a great honor to be part of three straight championship teams and win Class 3A undefeated,” said Quincy Notre Dame senior Jordan Frericks, who had 14 points. “We’ll be remembered forever, and created a lot of great memories.”

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Quincy Notre Dame – Class 3A Champions

Kassidy Gengenbacher led the Lady Raiders (30-0) with 20 points.

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Vernon Hills Cougars

Vernon Hills (31-3) finished second for the second year in a row. Lauren Webb finished the game with a double-double – 17 points and 10 rebounds.

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Class 3A Third Place game


Montini 42, Morton 38

Lady Broncos were led by Kelly Karlis, who scored 11 points followed by teammate Pauline Castro who added 9. Junior guard Sara Ross contributed 8 points and 8 boards.

Sarah Livingston had the hot hand for the Potters with a natural double-double – she knocked down 16 points and 12 boards.

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The games will air live on the IHSA TV Network (click for local listings – http://www.ihsa.org/NewsMedia/IHSATVNetwork.aspx) and will also be carried live on the internet at www.IHSA.tv. Fans can also get unprecedented coverage of the state finals on Twitter by following @IHSAState. Lee Hall and ISU legend Jill Hutchison will bring viewers the 3A action and Dave Bernhard and Patricia Babcock McGraw step in to call the 4A games. Matt Rodewald will handle the hosting and sideline duties, along with the Class 3A and 4A finals of the Country Financial Three-Point Showdown on Friday and the Country Financial Queen of the Hill three-point shooting on Saturday, which pits the four class winners head-to-head.

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2013 HS Girls Basketball State SemiFinals

Posted on February 28, 2013. Filed under: Basketball, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Knock knock…. who’s there? March… March who? MARCH MADNESS!!!!!

March 1, 2013

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It’s that time again basketball fans…. March Madness time as our calendars turn to March in a couple of days Illinois features the best of the best Girls 3A / 4A basketball teams on one court at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal – Friday and Saturday, March 1-2. This is the 37th annual edition of this tourney, the 22nd consecutive year that Redbird has served as the host and the sixth year of the four-class system.

Here’s our recap of Friday’s semifinals:

Class 3A

FINAL: Vernon Hills 48, Montini 45 OT

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NORMAL, Ill. — Call it an upset? Sure…. But as many coaches always say, experience sometimes is the best learning tool a young team could ever have. Well, this proved to be the winning formula for Vernon Hills as they knocked off State finals foe Montini 48-45 in overtime at Redbird Arena Friday afternoon in the IHSA Girls Class 3A semis.

The Cougars showed their growth with a composed and methodical team effort as team leader Lauren Webb knocked down 21 points from Lauren Webb, followed by Meri Bennett-Swanson, a DePaul recruit, who added 10 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks and Alina Lehocky, who contributed 7 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals.

“A lot of the experience from last year really carried forth,” Vernon Hills coach Paul Brettner said. “The little things, like we don’t go out for a timeout. Little things when they are not new, make you more comfortable.”

Montini (34-2) made just six of its first 30 shot attempts and didn’t take advantage of some shaky ballhandling by the Cougars in the first half.

The Cougars led 35-24 after three quarters, but Montini junior Kelly Karlis scored seven straight points late in regulation to give the Broncos a 40-38 lead with 1 minute, 22 seconds left. Webb made two free throws and Sydney Smith missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer for Vernon Hills.

“I thought we struggled in all phases of the game today,” Montini coach Jason Nichols said. “I think our defensive rebounding was absolutely a killer.”

Vernon Hills outrebounded Montini 50-23, including 21-9 on offense. And in overtime, the Cougars scored the first six points in overtime, and Webb made all six of her free-throw attempts in that span.

The Cougars (31-2) advance to Saturday’s 2 p.m. title game against Quincy Notre Dame, a 67-51 winner over Morton. Vernon Hills avenged last year’s state title loss to Montini, ended the Broncos’ quest for a record-breaking fourth straight championship and halted their winning streak at 21.

3A CHAMPIONSHIP — Vernon Hills vs. Quincy Notre Dame, 2 p.m. Saturday.

GAME NOTES
Vernon Hills’ Sydney Smith (13.1 ppg), Lauren Webb (12.6 ppg) and 6-2 DePaul recruit Meri Bennett-Swanson (10.9 ppg) — who all average around 11 points per game — should get theirs against Montini. Montini’s 6-4 Malayna Johnson (8.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and the Broncos’ young depth, featuring freshman sharpshooter Lea Kerstein and 6-1 sophomore Rainey Kuykendall, could be the difference, along with junior guard Kateri Stone (11.7 ppg).

Montini has won state titles in 2010, 2011 and 2012, compiled a 136-10 record over the last four years and has chance to become the first girls team in Illinois history to win four consecutive state titles.

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Quincy Notre Dame 67, Morton 51

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Morton (30-5) vs. Quincy Notre Dame (29-0)
Quincy Notre Dame was able to potentially extend their state championship streak to three after defeating Morton Friday afternoon at Redbird Arena 67-51.

Jordan Frericks (12 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals), Kassidy Gengenbacher (15 points) and Kristen Gengenbacher (13 points) led QND (29-0). Chandler Ryan had 18 points in the Morton (30-5) loss.

There winning treak dates back to back-to-back titles at the Class 2A level before moving up to Class 3A this year. Prior to this contest, Morton won 18 in a row behind 6-2 Illinois recruit Sarah Livingston (27 points, 12 rebounds in the super).

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Class 4A

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Marian Catholic 63, Young 39


GIRL ON FIRE….

NORMAL, Ill. — Ashton Millender was truly in the matrix during the Illinois Girls Class 3A semifinals against highly-ranked Whitney Young, as she knocked down 29 points to lead the team to the championship game against Rolling Meadows.

“I knew that I had to get touches,” Millender said. “I had to get my teammates involved, but I had to shoot the ball.”

The 5-foot-10 Millender made five straight baskets in Friday’s game, spanning the first and second quarters.

It just seems as if the Dolphins (26-5) didn’t have a sufficient game plan for Millender who played several possessions at point guard. Millender closed the first half by driving to her right, crossing over to her left and hitting an off-balanced, underhanded, left-handed scoop banker at the buzzer to extend Marian Catholic’s lead to 29-12.

“I just knew I had to keep shooting,” Millender said. “But one person doesn’t win a basketball game. It was fun out there. ”

On the defensive end, the Spartans made life miserable for Young in the paint. Young’s Linnae Harper, a McDonald’s All-American selection, finished the contest shooting 3-for-19 from the field and nine points.

“I thought Ashton played phenomenal defense on her,” Byrne said. “She did a great job of keeping her in front of her, containing her, staying low instead of falling for things.”

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And from here the Spartans never let up and stretched out to as much as a 25 point lead in the second half. The game play and lack of favorable calls forced Young to come undone as they received three technical fouls, two on players and one on coach Corry Irvin.

“A lot of things went well,” Marian coach Annie Byrne said. “We definitely beat them on the battle of the boards (43-33), and that’s something we had talked about.

This was the Spartans (32-1) 19th straight victory… they need just one more against the only team they lost to early in the season (December 21, 61-55).

“We want revenge and to get them back,” Marian Catholic senior forward Megan Walsh said of playing Rolling Meadows. Walsh finished this game with 15 points.

NOTE: Whitney Young was NOT available for post-game comments and questions.

4A CHAMPION GAME — Marian Catholic vs. Rolling Meadows, 8:15 p.m. Saturday.

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Rolling Meadows 61, Huntley 44

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Rolling Meadows (30-3) vs. Huntley (26-7)
With both teams making their first appearance in the state semifinals. you could see early they were nervous but Rolling Meadows was able to shake that off and get several runs to defeat Red Raiders and proceed too the finals Saturday evening against Marian Catholic.

Jackie Kemph had 12 points and 6 assists, Jenny Vliet had 18 points and 9 rebounds, and Alexis Glasgow added 16 points for Rolling Meadows (30-3). The Andrews sisters – Ali Andrews (16 points) and Sam Andrews (11 points, 7 rebounds) led Huntley (26-7).

NOTE: Rolling Meadows is the only team to beat Marian Catholic this year, and seems to have recovered from consecutive losses to Quincy Notre Dame (in OT) and Fremd to end the regular season.

IMPORTANT NOTES

The games will air live on the IHSA TV Network (click for local listings – http://www.ihsa.org/NewsMedia/IHSATVNetwork.aspx) and will also be carried live on the internet at www.IHSA.tv. Fans can also get unprecedented coverage of the state finals on Twitter by following @IHSAState. Lee Hall and ISU legend Jill Hutchison will bring viewers the 3A action and Dave Bernhard and Patricia Babcock McGraw step in to call the 4A games. Matt Rodewald will handle the hosting and sideline duties, along with the Class 3A and 4A finals of the Country Financial Three-Point Showdown on Friday and the Country Financial Queen of the Hill three-point shooting on Saturday, which pits the four class winners head-to-head.

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IL Boys 4A Championship Game:

Posted on March 18, 2012. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Wolverines 50, Pirates 48

March 17, 2012

PEORIA — Time for the best of the best…. 1 vs 2 for the 2012 Illinois Boys 4A State title and just as important, bragging rights. Not since 2004, when Homewood-Flossmoor and Peoria Central had it out for the State championship has a matchup been this shiny. Even though the crowd wasn’t as large, the hype was well worth the price of admission.

You almost hated for this game to come to an end, as both team scored back-and-forth, each getting a couple of runs, but once the smoke cleared the basketball court, it was the Wolverines still standing, defeating the Pirates 50-48 at Carver Arena Saturday night.

Coming into this game, top nationally ranked Simeon (33-1) is undefeated in the State and one lost in a tournament held in January, while Proviso East (32-1) is just undefeated, including winning the Proviso West Holiday tournament.

All eyes were on junior phenom Jabari Parker, but it was his teammates that held things together when they need it the most. I’m referring to Steve Taylor, Jaleni Neely and Kendrick Nunn.

“That’s a great team,” Taylor said referring to Proviso East. “They played tough and wanted it just like we did. But as you can see, we wanted it a little bit more.”

The first half ended tied at 23.

“As good as they played and as bad as we played, we were still in the game,” coach Robert Smith said after the game.

Nunn opened the fourth quarter with a solid 3-pointer, shortly afterwards, it was more Nunn, then Taylor and Neely got involved, getting an 8-0 run that gave Simeon a 45-41 lead with 3 minutes, 5 seconds remaining.

Simeon extended the lead to 50-45 on a vicious dunk by Parker with 12 seconds left that was called a technical because he held onto the rim a little too long.

Proviso East’s Sterling Brown wasn’t ready to throw in the towel, considering he held Parker in check for most of the game. The team called a timeout, their last timeout, once they were back on the floor, they advanced the ball with pure precision and Brown nailed a BIG 3-pointer from the right corner with less than three seconds to play (50-48). The problem here is, Simeon never touch nor inbounds the ball, thus, the time ran out and the celebration began.

It was reported that coach Donnie Boyce said after the game “I told Sterling we needed a delay too. I should have told him to throw the ball up in the stands afterwards.”

“Unfortunately we came up two points short,” Brown said. “We had a lot of chances to get there, a lot of chances to capitalize. Their experience and our lack of experience was a factor. This is our first time being here, and everybody wanted to take over instead of playing as a team. We’ll get back here next year and learn from our mistakes.”

With this victory, Parker has one more title than Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose and he still has one more season left to play. “I’m just glad to pass him, but I couldn’t have done it by myself,” Parker said. “Throughout the years I’ve been blessed with good talent around me. I can’t accept this alone.

Parker led the team with 15 points, and Taylor contributed 12 points and 15 boards. Brown finished with the game high of 25 points.

“It was a collective effort. We came out and got a lot of stops,” said Parker after the contest. “Sterling Brown, he’s an amazing player. We just had to play defense when it counted in the fourth quarter.”

“Scheduling is huge,” said Smith whose team only loss cam to national powerhouse Findlay Prep. “You’ve gotta be in this environment, and we’ve been in this environment all year.”

This is Simeon’s sixth state championship and the team decided to leave their mark on this championship by all removing their shoes on the center of the court. IHSA Director Marty Hickman picked up the shoes.

“I really couldn’t tell you how 32-1 feels because it’s so frustrating,” coach Donnie Boyce said after the game. “You’re right there, it was right in your grasp and you can touch it. We took the champions to the limit but didn’t get the job done.”

        

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IL Boys 4A Third Place: Bloom vs Rockford Auburn

Posted on March 18, 2012. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

March 17, 2012

Peoria — Both teams come in to this game a little short of playing for the Boys Class 4A title. Bloom lost to top ranked Simeon, while Rockford Auburn lost to Proviso East.

The Blazing Trojans fell short, 57-46, against Rock Auburn in the third place (consolation) game at Carver Arena.

“The slow start definitely cost us,’’ Bloom coach Jasper Williams said. ‘‘We were back on our heels all day.’’

In the first half Bloom shot 2-for-11 from the field, but only trailed 8 points at the half (28-20). But they had a bigger problem, Wichita State recruit Fred  VanFleet of Rockford Auburn. He was explosive on both ends of the court and finished the night with 21 points and 5 assists.


Bloom made one more run in the fourth quarter to cut their lead down to 49-42 that included a basket by Donald Moore with 2:43 remaining, but this proved not  enough.

‘‘That was not Bloom you saw out there,’’ Williams said. ‘‘We pride ourselves on tough defense and team-play, and we were just not focused today at all.’’

Donald Moore, the team’s leading scorer and captain, echoed his coach’s sentiments. ‘‘It’s not the way we wanted to finish,’’ Moore said. ‘‘We just couldn’t get our heads into the game and that’s not how we were taught to play.’’

Moore finished the game with 16 points, and teammate Dejahown Freeman contributed nine.

                                                   

Auburn coach Bryan Ott said his team played with a chip on their shoulder. ‘‘We lost twice to Proviso East and we wanted to leave here on a positive note,” Ott said. ‘‘We know how people view us and we used that as motivation to beat a very good Bloom team.’’

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IL Boys 3A Championship game: Peoria 72, North Chicago 64

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March 15, 2012

PEORIA— The one two punch of North Chicago, Aaron Simpson and JaVairius Amos-Mays just wasn’t enough to win the Class 3A State title, as Peoria wins 72-67.

“That (a state championship) would have been a good accomplishment, but me and the other seniors did a great job leading the team down here and preparing the younger guys for the future,” Simpson said.

North Chicago would not let Peoria Central pull away, and there were times during its second-half comeback attempt Simpson let Amos-Mays (17 points, eight rebounds) do his thing, but Simpson was able to knock down his season average of 26 in the contest.

“They’ve seen what Simpson did with the team and the leadership he showed,” North Chicago coach Gerald Coleman said. “They looked up to him and learned from him. They saw what it was like to play at a high level, and we look forward to getting ready for the summer and trying to come back down here again.”

Peoria was led by Aldonis Foote, who had 17 points, followed by Trey Kellum who added 14.

Congratulation to Peoria Central on winning the 2012 Boys 3A State title.

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IL Boys 3A Third Place: Hillcrest 72, Lanphier 67

Posted on March 17, 2012. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

March 17, 2012

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Both teams come in to this game a little short of playing for the Boys Class 3A title. Hillcrest lost to Peoria 60-50, and Lanphier lost to North Chicago 57-50.

In this consolation contest, Hillcrest was able to do enough for the 72-65 victory over Springfield Lanphier.

Outside of an errand, early shot to end the half, the Hawks finally are playing their style of game shooting over 50%, compared to the Lions who shot less than 40%. In addition, the Hawks attacked the basket and often.

The Hawks held a lead as much as 17, but the Lions were able to erase some of that lead and get it back down to single digits with the play of senior Jaylen Briggity (9), who scored back to back times sprinting down the court in the third. But each time, the Hawks answered and held them off.

      

In this case, it was a basket by Jalen Loving and two free throws by Jayon’e Troutman that sealed the win for the Hawks.

“We had our pity party at dinner last night and they got it out of their system and realized that there was more basketball to be played,” Hillcrest coach Don Houston said. “We were in the Final Four of the state and we have a lot of things to look forward to in the future.”

Loving had a game-high 13 rebounds to go along with his 17 points, and Brent Buchanan led the way with 15 points, followed by Jayon’e Troutman. Jalen Loving also snagged 13 boards for a double-double.

“Our girls lost the same way we did in their opening semifinal game, but they fought back to bring home the third-place trophy,’’ Hillcrest senior Jalen Loving said, ‘‘and we wanted to do the same thing.’’

On the other side of the ball, the Lions were led by Larry Austin who knocked down 16, followed by T.J. Davis who added 15 off the bench.  Lions coach Chuck Shanklin said it was Hillcrest’s length and athleticism that caused problems.

“They are tall, long and they are quick,” Shanklin said. “Our pressure did not get to them and they were able to pass over anything we were trying to do. Our hats go off to them. They are a great team. I am proud of my team’s effort and what we accomplished this season.”


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IL Boys 4A semifinals: Bloom vs Simeon

Posted on March 17, 2012. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

March 15, 2012


PEORIA — Bloom did everything right against top-ranked Simeon in the Illinois Boys 4A semifinal contest except win as they fall 45-35.

Coming into the game, the plan was to hold junior phenom Jabari Parker in control… done!

Control the tempo of the game… done!

Pressure the ball in the back court and double whenever possible without leaving a player clearly open… check!

The only uncheck mark left was win…. uncheck!

This is one of the only teams to hold Parker without field goal in the first half of a game.

“They were expecting to play us their way, and they did,” said Parker, who finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four blocks. “They slowed it down and face-guarded me the whole game.”

A bright spot for the Wolverines was junior guard, Kendrick Nunn, who shot pretty well but he covered Bloom’s Donald Moore very well. Nunn was able to keep him from penetrating and having his way, and when he did get in the lane, Parker, Steve Taylor or Kendall Pollard were there to swat his shot away.

Moore’s first successful jumper was a 3-pointer that brought the Blazing Trojans within 36-34 with 2
minutes, 24 seconds remaining.

Then Parker countered on the other end, getting fouled on a mid-range jumper and completing the three-point play to make it 39-34 with 1:58 left.

“I want to give Bloom a lot of credit,” Simeon coach Robert Smith said. “They pushed us to the limit. I thought they out-toughed us. We came up with some key plays down. From my aspect, I really thought we should have lost the game.”

Lejavius Johnson led all players with 18 points. Taylor led the Wolverines with 13, followed by Jaylon Tate, who added 11.

The Wolverines (32-1) will face unbeaten Proviso East (32-0) in a heavyweight Illinois Boys 4A instant classic Saturday night at 8:15 pm.

Simeon and Proviso East have been ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, since the preseason.

“Going into Proviso, I need to find better ways to get my teammates open and get shots for myself,” said Parker. “This is a bad time to be messing up. We just have to tweak some things and get back to the blueprint.”

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IL Boys 4A semifinals: Proviso East vs Rockford Auburn

Posted on March 17, 2012. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


March 15, 2012

PEORIA — Talk about an ugly – scratch that… an unattractive win for Proviso East over Rockford Auburn 55-45 in the Boys 4A semifinals game at Carver Arena. This ended Auburn’s 22-game winning streak dating back to the Pirates’ 75-56 victory over the Knights at the Proviso West tournament on Dec. 29.

The Knights missed its first 10 3-pointers en route to finishing 3-for-16 from downtown and committed, gulp, 24 turnovers and finished the game shooting  17-for-51 from the floor and 8-for-18 from the free-throw line.

“I don’t think we’ve turned it over 24 times in the last five or six years,” Auburn coach Bryan Ott said.

Now don’t think the Pirates played a lot better… they shot 37.9% from the floor, 22.2% from behind the arc and 43.8% from the charity stripe.

Both teams combined for six points, 3-for-21 shooting from the field, 0-for-5 shooting from the line and 17 turnovers in the first quarter.

The two superstars for both team, Auburn’s Fred Van Vleet and Proviso East’s Keith Carter, combined for 3 for 17 for 8 points.

Van Vleet finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, but had eight turnovers. Carter shot 2-for-12 and had six points and six boards.

Proviso East’s Sterling Brown led the way with a double-double, 13 points, 15 rebounds, followed by teammate, Paris Burns, who added 14 points.

“I just wanted to come out aggressive,” Brown said. “I had seen the guards were struggling, and I wanted to get my team in a rhythm like (the guards) usually do.”

I guess in the end it’s more important to have a date for the BIG dance, than what you drove to get there in….

With their win, and hopefully Simeon defeats Bloom, a dream, maybe even a fantasy matchup will be setup. Just the thought of this matchup made first-year Proviso East coach Donnie Boyce smile.

“I think everybody would like to see that dream matchup,” Boyce said.

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IL Boys 3A semifinals: Hillcrest vs Peoria

Posted on March 17, 2012. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

March 15, 2012

PEORIA – Hillcrest Hawks (24-5) came up short in the Class 3A semifinals contest against local area Peoria Central, 60-50, at Carver Arena.

Hear is a simple run down on the teams performance… the leading scorer was  Jovan Mooring, who was 0-for-8 from the field. In short, Hillcrest did not hit a single shot from the perimeter in the first 28 minutes of the game.

Hillcrest coach Don Houston said after the game, “we like to spread the ball out, but I give Jovan credit for continuing to fight through it. He’s been making shots for us all season. He makes a lot of the shots he took, but tonight they didn’t fall. I give him credit for being the player he is and just continuing to play.”

The Hawks took a quick 10-3 lead, but the next run it made came after Peoria’s lead that grew to 20 going into the fourth period. In addition, the Lions grabbed a 38-27 advantage on the boards and limited Hillcrest to 36.7 percent shooting from the field.

One huge blemish on the stat sheet for Peoria is shots from the free throw, where they are 3-13 in the first half.

Hillcrest went scoreless for almost 6 mins and their only points (4) came from FTs.

“I thought outside shooting would be important, but I know Peoria likes to pull their bigs out, and if they did pull their shot-blockers away from basket we’d have lanes to drive,” Houston said. “But it didn’t work out that way.”

Jalen Loving led Hillcrest with 16 points, followed by Jayon’e Troutman who added 13.

Aldonis Foote led Peoria Central with 21 points and 6 boards.

“We’ve got to give credit to Peoria. They have a lot of length in there, and they made us miss some shots we normally make.”

In many people’s opinion, their years team is deeper and more balanced than its 2010 Class 3A champion.

“We don’t have a dominant go-to guy,” said coach Houston in conclusion.

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