2014-15 IHSA Basketball Tournaments

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Tournaments you should check-out…

November  2014

Chicago Elite Classic

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This major kick off tournament gets things started with a superb national showcase at an affordable price point in the Midwest MECCA – Chicago. Things tipoff December 5th with Oak Park-River Forest-Fenwick followed by St. Joseph-Redondo Union (Calif.) and the nightcap of Whitney Young-Southwind (Tenn.).

Now on Sunday, December 6th…. Plainfield East-Hillcrest, Bogan-Lone Peak (Utah), St. Rita-Christ the King (N.Y.) and the nightcap of Simeon-Lancaster (Texas).

For more information, click here.

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One of the most overlooked tournaments nowadays, but based on pure atmosphere, thrills, and top-performing teams, do NOT sleep on this tournament held at Rich South High School. All but one of the 16 teams are from Chicago’s South Suburbs and that team is defending Indiana Class A champion Marquette.

The complete field is as follows:
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Crete-Monee
Hales Franciscan
Joliet Central
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Marian Catholic (defend champions)
Marquette Catholic (Ind.)
Perspectives Charter
Rich Central
Rich East
Rich South
Seton Academy
Thornton
Tinley Park
University High

And like all the other teams, they are coming to town to dethrone defending champs Marian Catholic. Tournament tips December 26 and runs through the 30.

For more information about the McDipper, click here.

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Proviso West Holiday Tournament

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Proviso West Holiday Tournament is always one of the premier high school basketball events in the Chicagoland area, and this year, they slimmed back down from 32 teams to 18.

The field of 18 teams in the 54th annual tournament is still extremely strong, though two-time defending 3A champ Morgan Park is no longer at Proviso West. Coach Nick Irvin’s Mustangs lost in the championship game of the Proviso West Holiday Tournament last year and decided to move on to something new.

On the other hand, Stevenson, led by Player of the Year favorite Jalen Brunson, will be the headliner as the returning champ, while several other teams that will certainly be ranked when the season tips off in November include St. Joseph, St. Rita, Kenwood and Rockford Auburn.

In addition to the host school, Proviso West, the tournament field also includes Fenwick, Morton, Proviso East, Uplift, Maine South, Hinsdale Central, Providence St. Mel, St. Viator, New Trier, Homewood-Flossmoor, Hillcrest and Brooks.

The tournament will tip off with two games on Dec. 20, followed by eight games on Dec. 22 and nine games on Dec. 23. The tournament will continue Dec. 26 and conclude Dec. 27 with consolation championship, third-place and championship games.

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City-Suburban Showdown

As it is being reported that this showcase puts top local recognized teams such as Stevenson against Simeon in a possible State Finals. Stevenson beat Simeon in last year’s event after Simeon beat Stevenson in the 2012 Class 4A final. The opening act features All-State forward Evan Boudreaux and Lake Forest against underrated point guard David Sachs and Highland Park. Everything tips February 21 at Niles West.

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2014 IHSA State 3A/4A Finals

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2014 Boys State finals are in the books…

March 22, 2014

In short, what a weekend… in some cases, it felt like a well-written independent film that got a lot of buzz during pre-screening, in others, it felt like a Tyler Perry movie, where a third of the way through it, you knew the ending, but sat threw it.

Overall, it was entertaining and amateur sports at it’s best!

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IHSA BOYS Class 3A CHAMPIONSHIP: Morgan Park 59, Lincoln 49
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R-E-P-E-A-T for Chicago Public School’s Morgan Park (24-6) as they defeated Lincoln 59-49. There guard play is so underrated that, well, on this big stage, they led the way. It was the sophomore Charlie Moore and Jarrin Randall show. YUP, sophomores!

Under a nine-point deficit at the half, the Mustangs came out with more urgency as Randall hit a 3-pointer that cut the deficit to one with a little more than 7 minutes. Shortly after that he tossed a soft pass to Moore who nailed a 3 that tied the score at 41 with 6:52 left. These shots came during a 26-2 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters.

“A lot of people said my sophomores can’t come through,” Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin said. “I decided to take a gamble and they came through.”
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Moore finished the championship game with 12 points, while Randall added eight.

“I didn’t feel any pressure,” Moore said after the game. “(Billy) Garrett (former Mustang now playing at DePaul) taught me a lot last year. This win feels so great. It wouldn’t hurt to come back here.”

Big man, 6’8″ Josh Cunningham, had the high-score of 13 for the Mustangs.
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On the other side of the ball, Gavin Block, led Lincoln (34-3) with 19 points.

See the box score provided by Amateur Sports News Network & MaxPreps by click here.

IHSA BOYS Class 4A Third Place: Orr 55, Rockford Luthern 45

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IHSA BOYS Class 4A Third Place: Stevenson 70, Edwardsville 63

Talk about a drama filled Third place game…. WHEW!!!!

As reporters, fans and even players heard about the early news from the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), that junior phenom, Jalen Brunson was suspended from the third place contest, the atmosphere was totally buzzing during pregame and opinions were flying. Why? A low-quality photo of Brunson appearing to make a middle-fingered gesture during his record-setting 56-point performance and loss to Young in the 4A semifinal game circulated on Twitter after the game.

After the contest, Brunson took to the social media to apologize for “the hand gestures towards the end of the game – completely an accident just frustration.” And followed up with clarification that he had apologized for the appearance of the image, but he said he “did not do what was portrayed.”

With sportsmanship being paramount for any stage under the IHSA umbrella, executive director Marty Hickman decided to suspend the star junior.

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Then, Stevenson high school appealed to the board of directors, which overturned Hickman’s decision.

In the end, Brunson played, Stevenson won, and IHSA had no comment after initial statement.

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The Patriots defeated the Tigers 70-63 in the Class 4A third-place game at Carver Arena.

One night before, Brunson scored a state-finals record 56 points Friday against Young in the loss, and tonight, his play was visible, but not as many points (18). It was senior Matt Morrissey who played big under the circumstances and his final high school game as he was 4-7 from teh behind teh arc and finished with 16 points. Teammate Connor Cashaw added 17, followed by Matt Johnson who contributed 10 and five steals.

“We had a tough night shooting (Friday),” Morrissey said. “It was a good day for all of us (today). It was good way for me to go out.”

Edwardsville was led by senior guard Trevor Clay, who knocked down 21 points and snagged 8 rebounds, followed by Armon Fletcher, who added 15 points.

When asked after the game, Brunson, who has no history of behavior issues on or off the court, did not want to discuss the incident Saturday night. He was also asked whether he was concerned people were going to get the wrong idea about him.

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“I know who I am and who I have around me,” Brunson said. “It is going to be an up-and-down ride through life. This is different but I think I’m handling myself pretty well, and the people who are supporting me know the real me. I think once this clears out I’ll be fine.”

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His father, and former NBA player Rick Brunson, warned his son about the potential pitfalls of social media, and in this case it was Twitter.

“I’ve told that guy about Twitter,” Rick Brunson said. “Stay off Twitter. Now I have something to say, ‘I told you.’ Every day is a learning experience. If he learns from this, great.”

Overall, his father sees the ordeal as a learning experience.

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IHSA BOYS Class 4A CHAMPIONSHIP: Young 46, Benet 44

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This was a Whitney Young type of season as both the Girls and Boys win State championships. The Boys defeated Benet 46-44 to win their first state title since 2009.

Chicago Public Schools have dominated the last six Class 4A titles between Young and Simeon, they have won all of them during this period. And on top of that, the Public League swept the 3A and 4A tournaments for the second straight year.

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Going into the game, we all wanted to see the number one player in the country, Jahlil Okafor, go up against another big man in the state, Sean O’Mara. Well, they battled but it was Miles Reynolds who performed on this stage, knocking down 19 points and keeping the Dolphins ahead all night.

Reynolds, a St. Louis recruit, had the hot hand early, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and scoring eight first-quarter points to stake the Dolphins (29-5) to an 18-10 lead.

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“Jahlil made it real easy for me tonight,” Reynolds said. “He was getting doubled all night. Jahlil and Sean O’Mara was supposed to be a great match-up but it didn’t live up to some of the expectations because both teams play great defense. I knew it would be my night.”

The RedWings (25-8) trailed by 10 at the half and never drew even, but they did managed to make things interesting during the last two minutes as then went on an 8-0 run cut Young’s lead to 44-42 with 24 seconds to play.

But another Division-1 one recruit, Paul White, Georgetown, answered with two clutch free throws five seconds later, and Young did not have to inbound the ball after Benet’s Liam Nelligan made it 46-44 with five seconds left. White finished with 8 points and 7 rebounds.

“It was down to one game, and it was a hard battle to come out on top,” Okafor said. “Me, Paul and Miles came in together as freshmen, and to finally do it as seniors, it’s all we wanted. I heard Sean O’Mara on an interview last night; he said he was hoping for some one-on-one. I figured that would mean they would match up. I was a little disappointed they were helping out. I just tried to keep my composure, and Miles did a great job leading us.”

Okafor finished the game with 8 points and 6 rebounds. Colin Bonnett led the RedWings with 12 points and 6 rebounds, while  O’Mara had 8 points and 8 rebounds.

IHSA Girls State Finals
Class 4A Champs
Young 60, Rolling Meadows 44

Class 4A third place
Marian Catholic 45, Geneva 34

Class 3A Championship
Montini 57, Joliet Cath 44

Class 3A third place
Quincy Notre Dame 64, Burlington Central 40

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2014 Girls 4A State Finals

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It’s March which means it’s State Finals Time…

March 8, 2014 – updated

March 7, 2014

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Four teams came down…. two are left to play for the Title!

Rolling Meadows 44, Whitney Young 60 (title game)

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The tip that started the Girls Class 4A championship…

NORMAL, Ill. — It was a sophomore who led them to this years’ championship – none other than 5’8″ Kiara Lewis, who secured the Class 4A girls basketball state championship Saturday evening and their third state championship and second in three years.
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She knocked down 20 points and was 8-for-13 from the field, including perfect from the charity stripe.

Lewis scored seven points in the third quarter and her 3-pointer and assist to Taylor Malone on the ensuing possessions gave the Dolphins a 40-24 lead. During this period, they never looked back.
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“I just came out real intense and I wanted a state championship after what happened last year and not being able to play,” Lewis said. “I came out strong. The whole weekend we came out fast and strong.”

What a fantastic way to end this season especially as Lewis missed all of last season with a knee injury.

“She was huge for our team this year and today,” Young coach Corry Irvin shared about Lewis. “As a team, I thought our defense on Alexis (Glasgow) was huge, and Jackie (Kemph) had to work extra hard to get shots off.”

On the other side of the ball, the Mustangs (29-5), senior Jenny Vliet, played her heart out keeping them in the game as best she could. They even received a surprised gift when Texas A&M recruit, Khaalia Hillsman fouled out on a normal foul (her fourth) then she received a quick technical. This all occurred with a little more than 4 minutes left in regulations, but the Mustangs couldn’t capitalize only scoring just two points the rest of the game.

Vilet finished the game with the game-high of 21 points to go with 10 boards.
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“I think it’s a pretty safe bet to say they’ll be the best group that I’ll ever coach,” Rolling Meadows coach Ryan Kirkorsky said. “It will probably be the best group to go through Rolling Meadows, and maybe the Mid-Suburban League.”

The Dolphins (32-3) opened and closed this season in an ironic manner – first game (December 7) they defeated the Mustangs 54-40, defeated them tonight for state bragging rights.

FUN FACTS: To date, the Dolphins are on a 16 game winning streak.

Marian Catholic 45, Geneva 34 (third place game)

NORMAL, IL – It wasn’t perfect but it was a victory as the Spartans defeated the Vikings 45-34 in the third place state finals.
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Marian Catholic stretched out to a lead and never let it go behind the play of senior, DePaul-recruit Ashton Millender, who knocked down 16 points and 7 boards.
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“As a senior I was out there enjoying my last moments of playing basketball in high school,” Millender said. “We just said to forget about Friday. We can’t do anything about it, so we just have to move on and win tonight.”

But this contest was a tale of 2 halves because in the third quarter, they went super cold, and only scored three points to the Vikings 11, making the score 26-21. All of the Vikings points except two were from the free throw line.
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The Vikings did get the game down to three points at the 7:40 mark in the fourth when Abby Novak nailed a couple of shots from the charity stripe making the game 26-23.

Shortly after that, sophomore guard Gabrielle Cooper knocked down a big three, 29-23. Geneva scored a field goal and Ms. Cooper did it again – nailed a needed three. This stopped the Vikings momentum and slowed down the tempo, and the Spartans will return to Chicago Heights 1-1 in this years’ state finals.

After last nights loss, this was a good win for the young team to develop from.

“I thought we got a couple of good looks, but we missed a couple of layups and some shots within the paint,” Marian coach Dan Murray said. “The biggest thing in the third quarter was that we couldn’t get into some of our pressure [defense] and it became a little bit of a half-court game, which worked to the strength of Geneva.”

Geneva was led by Abby Novak who scored 13 points.

Below are the updates from Friday – the semifinal games…
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Geneva 43, Rolling Meadows 51

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Nice win for the Mustangs behind the play of there three-headed monsters: Jackie Kemph (13 pts), Jenny Vilet (11 pts), and Alexis Glasgow (18 pts).
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The Vikings lost some of their momentum when 6’1″ senior Sidney Santos fouled out with 2:54 left in regulation. She finished the game with 2 points and 4 assist, but her presence in the point was huge.
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Rolling Meadows will face the winner of the next contest between Chicago’s Whitney Young and returning champs, Marian Catholic.

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Young 60, Marian Catholic 20

In a word… thorough! What a difference a year makes. Last year, the Spartans jumped out early and often against the Dolphins, this year, TOTAL opposite as they advance to the state finals today winning 60-20 Friday night at Redbird arena.
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“The feeling of last year always lingered with me, so I’m glad we were able to pull this out,” Young senior center Khaalia Hillsman said.

Marian (27-5) shot 3-for-23 and Ashton Millender was held to four points during the first half. Young made 15 of its 26 first-half shot attempts for a 35-8 edge.

Marian Catholic didn’t reach the double-digit mark until Kauai Bradley’s 3-foot running banker in the lane 44 seconds into the second half.

Kiara Lewis led all players with 15 points and 10 boards, followed by teammate Hillsman, who also had a double-double 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Dolphins will face Rolling Meadows Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. for the Girls Class 4A title. Young defeated the Mustangs 54-40 in its first game this season.

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2014 Girls State Final Preview

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100 Days Later – 8 teams still stand – four from each class: 3A / 4A

March 6, 2014

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3A

Burlington Central (27-4) vs. Montini (32-2), 12:15 p.m.

Burlington Central is making its first appearance in the state finals, but it’s not likely to be the Rockets’ last. The Rockets’ has lots, I mean lots of young talent in the pipeline led by 6-foot sophomore Samantha Pryor, 5-8 sophomore guard Shelby Holt and 6-foot junior Alison Colby. They are facing a playoff-veteran, and State champion caliber team led by a pair of four-year players – 6-1 Kateri Stone and 6-2 Kelly Karlis – and featuring a deep and talented bench.

“Burlington Central is a nice young team that’s going to be hungry and eager to knock us off,” Nichols warned.

Joliet Catholic (27-2) vs. Quincy Notre Dame (29-3), 2 p.m.

Maybe it’s not the same team that won the Class 3A state title last year – 6-2 Jordan Frerichs and Kassidy Gengenbacher have both moved on – but there’s still enough talent at Quincy Notre Dame to make a serious bid for a fourth straight state title. The leaders of this year’s group are 5-11 senior Mary Beth Hugenberg and 5-10 senior Kristen Gengenbacher, who get a lot of help from 5-9 senior Cassidy Foley and her younger sister, freshman McKenzie Foley. Joliet Catholic has not been downstate since 1985. Quincy Notre Dame hasn’t missed since 2009. On the other side of the court, is a championship roster as well led by Michigan State-recruit Jasmine Lumpkin, who is averaging 18.3 points and 9.2 boards. And to add a little more fire power, teammate, Nicole Ekhomu, has superb court-vision orchestrating the offense and breaking down defenses. And to top it off, she’s a sophomore who’s averaging 14.3 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.8 steals per game.  This should be an exciting game.

3A players to watch: Burlington Central –- Sam Pryor, 6-0, So., F (14.4 points, 5.9 rebounds); Alison Colby, 6-0, Jr., F (8.2 points, 6.0 rebounds). Montini – Kateri Stone, 6-1, Sr., G (11.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 93 3-pointers); Kelly Karlis, 6-2, Sr., G (9.9 points, 3.4 rebounds). Joliet Catholic – Jasmine Lumpkin, 6-0, Sr., F (18.3 points, 9.2 rebounds); Nicole Ekhomu, 5-9, So. G (14.3 points, 3.0 assists, 2.8 steals). Quincy Notre Dame – Mary Beth Hugenberg, 5-11, Sr., F (16.3 points, 6.2 rebounds); Kristen Gengenbacher, 5-10, Sr., G (15.7 points, 3.5 assists).

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4A

Marian Catholic (27-4) vs. Young (30-3), 8:15p.m.

Dolphins seek revenge after being caught by the Spartans last year on the same court, same game as they loss 63-39…

Coach Corry Irvin said it plain and simple “We were horrible!”

Top-ranked Dolphins (30-3) will get a chance to avenge that loss when they face defending state champion Marian Catholic (27-4) in a Class 4A semifinal at Redbird Arena Friday at 8:15 p.m. The game will follow the 6:30 p.m. semifinal between Rolling Meadows (28-4) and Geneva (26-5).

Marian Catholic is riding a 14-game winning streak heading into the state finals. The Spartans have not lost since a 60-33 thumping at the hands of Incarnate Word (St. Louis, Mo.) back on Jan. 11, although they needed a little late heroics to turn back Oak Lawn in overtime in the sectional finals. Teniya Page and Ashton Millender have carried the offensive load for first-year coach Dan Murray.

Geneva (26-5) vs. Rolling Meadows (28-4), 6:30 p.m.

Is there a hotter team around than Geneva? The Vikings have won 14 in a row and recently got Michaela Loebel back off the DL. Grace Loberg has been a revelation for the Vikings. Since coming up to the varsity, the 6-2 freshman has averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game. But the Vikings are facing a team that has a little bit of incentive after losing in the final seconds of the 2013 state title game. “We’ve used that game as motivation,” Rolling Meadows’ Jackie Kemph said.

4A players to watch: Geneva — Grace Loberg, 6-2, Fr., C (14.3 points, 9.0 rebounds); Morgan Seberger, 5-11, Sr., G (11.0 points, 53 3-pointers). Rolling Meadows — Jackie Kemph, 5-6, Sr., G (21.2 points, 8.3 assists); Jenny Vliet, 6-2, Sr., F (14.4 points, 9.4 rebounds). Young — Khaalia Hillsman, 6-5, Sr., C (13.4 points, 14.4 rebounds); Kiara Lewis, 5-8, So., G (12.1 points, 8.3 assists). Marian Catholic — Ashton Millender, 5-10, Sr., G (16.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 62 3-pointers); Teniya Page, 5-7, Sr., G (15.1 points, 4.7 assists).

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2014-Curie-Young

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The Battle for the City

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February 21, 2014

Coming into the game it was all about Jahlil Okafor, Duke-recruit, and Cliff Alexander, Kansas-recruit… but unknown mystery guy led his team to a four-overtime contest – Kamar Marshall.

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Marshall nailed a 3-pointer with .9 seconds left to seal the city title for the Condors (24-1), 69-66 over Young. This was his fifth of the entire season and none bigger.

Another Curie teammate, Joe Stamps, hijacked to the contest and made his name heard primarily in the first half as he added a grand total of 24 points.

A big turn in the contest was when Okafor fouled out early in the fourth, and you just knew Young was done, but that’s why you play the game and think ‘next man up.’ He finished with 16 points and nine boards.

“(Okafor) got in some bad foul situations, so he wasn’t able to be on the floor,” Young coach Tyrone Slaughter said. “I don’t know what else to say. I think he was extremely effective when he was in there. I think if he plays 16 more minutes we have a good chance to win.”

On the other hand, Alexander wasn’t able to completely capitalize on Okafor’s absence, including giving up a 6-point lead in the final 30-seconds of regulation, but his presence alone makes a difference. Young had to double-down on him constantly leaving other players wide open, or giving them the option to slash to the paint. He finished the contest with 20 points, 14 boards and four blocks.

“I got kind of scared when Joe (Stamps) fouled out (in the fourth OT), but I had faith in Kamar,” Alexander said. “I told him if he’s open to shoot, and he did. We all had confidence in him.”
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Rodney Herenton hit a 3-pointer to bring Young (21-6) within 53-50 with 27.7 seconds left, and after a pair of misses by Stamps, Mile Reynolds buried a clutch 3-pointer off a called play with four seconds showing.

Paul White played really big for Young, and finished with 19 points, followed by Reynolds, who added 13.

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2013 HS Girls Basketball State Finals

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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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Tip off at approximately 8:15pm CST.

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Class 4A Third Place game

Young vs Huntley

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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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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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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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McDonald All-American Games

Posted on October 29, 2012. Filed under: AAU, Basketball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Girls High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

High School Basketball best is Chicago-bound at least for a few years….

August 2012

McDonald’s announced on Wednesday that the boys and girls All American Games will stay in Chicago at the United Center through 2015, with an option for 2016.

Bottom line, the fans keep turning out to watch the best-of-the-best in high school basketball.

“Fans throughout the U.S. can now make Chicago their destination to see the greatest high school basketball players participate in this annual rite of passage,” Douglas Freeland, director of the games, said in a release.

According to McDonald’s, Chicago ranks first in average attendance with 17, 388 in the three years it has hosted the game (1982, 2011, 2012). Philadelphia is a distant second with 11,610 in two years hosting.

The 2013 game will take place on April 3. Tickets will be available in January and the rosters will be announced in February.

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2012 IL Girls Semifinals: Young-Bartlett

Posted on March 1, 2012. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

2012 Girls Class 4A Basketball Semifinals

March 2, 2012

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The first of two Class 4A semifinal contest feature Whitney Young (32-0) against Bartlett (31-1). In this game, the Dolphins were just too fast and too big as they put Bartlett away easily 67-43 in Normal, IL at Redbird arena.

Things got started early and stayed consistent as Young struck out to a double digit lead at the half, 30-18, and never looked back.

Senior, Kentucky-recruit Janee Thompson leads all scorers with 18, 12 of which came in the first half, followed by Linnae Harper who added 16.

“Janee took over the game for us,” said coach Corey Irvin after the game. “We just expect that from her. She did a good job.”
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Coming into this game, coach Irvin wasn’t worried about the potential let down from the big win over Bolingbrook in the Super-sectionals either. “We wanted to beat them but continue to play our game.”

Tonight the Dolphins played their game indeed, sending a big body blow to Bartlett early and a steady jab from their guard play, as well as crashing the boards, including holding them to just six offensive boards total.
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In the third period, Bartlett went cold from the field for almost three minutes as Young got hot with inside scoring, including a nifty layup and jump shot by Harper and a 8′ jump shot by Taylor Brame.
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“We knew we couldn’t stop her (Thompson) completely but we just couldn’t contain her,” coach Denise Sarns shared after the game. “She’s a good player.”

NOTE: At the time of this writing, IHSA is researching to see if Ms. Thompson set the “State assist record.”

Going into the consolation game tomorrow evening, between Loyola or Edwardsville, Ms. Videckis said “it’s going to be a new day… everyone loses and tomorrow we’ll come out and display the talents we do have.”

In the championship game, coach Irvin, who is not new to this atmosphere and the potential of winning another state championship, will get the team relaxed and focused for one more game. And if Young is able to win tomorrow night in the Class 4A championship, they will be the first time since Peoria-Richwoods to accomplish this feat.

See you are the baseline for the Class 4A championship….

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