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Rich Central 67, Illiana Christian 53
After a slow start, the Olympians got things going in the right direction behind the tag-tandem of Ashley Huddleston, who finished the contest with 23 points, and Janae Smith, who added a double-double (22 points and 15 rebounds).

"We had to play hard," said Janae Smith. "I felt like I was stronger than everyone out there tonight"


The Olympians jumped out to a double-digit lead right before half, 34-22, on several strong moves in the paint by Ms. Huddleston play. This lead was sustained throughout the rest of the game and was widen to as much as 18 point in third quarter (40-22). Illiana Christian was able to get the score within 7 (43-36) but couldn't stop RC's attack to the basket and they also went on a two-and-half minute drought in the fourth quarter.


"We just wanted to make them uncomfortable and attack the basket," said coach Brian Craig. "I knew we could do it"


"Right now we haven't won a regional championship and we are not sure how to feel, but it does feel good."


"I would like to think I'm versatile - I like to go inside and outside, but I play best inside."


Illiana Christian gave an admirable game behind their seniors Dana Poortenga, who was the team's high scorer with 17 points, Jessica Wiltjer, Megan Huizenga and Mariel Knot.


Sophomore guard Alexandra Stanford knocked down 14 points in this win.


Rich Central's next game is Tuesday in the semifinal round of the Hillcrest Sectional. The Olympians' will face either Oak Forest or Hillcrest.

To view the regional championship presentation, click here.


T.F. North 95, Rich South 42
T.F. North put together the three D's in the regional championship Thursday night... Desire, Dedication, and Determination to totally control this contest. Not to mention
size, athletic ability, and focus led by senior Jeanise Randolph who had nearly as many points as her opponent in the T.F. North regional championship game with 40 points. She also snagged 10 boards to move the Meteors on the sectionals and one step closer to their goal... downstate.


There next opponent will be  either Harlan, who won their home court regional over Rich East. The game will take place February 23 @ 6pm @ Hillcrest high school.


Homewood-Flossmoor 52, Lincoln-Way North 39
Junior Memphis recruit,
Jailyn Norris, continues to blossom for the Lady Vikings as she knocked down 18  as the win the Eisenhower regional championship. CiCi Shannon added a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards.


"We're really excited that we're the first team to win the regional (in a while) so we've knocked off one of our goals," Jailyn Norris said. "Sectionals is the next one, but we'll go game by game."


Late in the game with a 10-point lead, H-F, began to hold the ball and prevent any offense from Lincoln-Way North who had began making a run.

"We had a 10- or 12-point lead, and we've got great ballhandlers," coach Sheriff said. "We would have been happy with any victory, by one point or 15. We've got good guards, and we wanted to put it in their hands."

The strategy paid off and the Lady Vikings prevailed. Up next for them is Lincoln-Way East in the sectionals February 23 @ 730p




Hillcrest 74, Bremen 24
Over the season Hillcrest has been up and down in the opening quarter of games but not tonight. The Lady Hawks put together a fast-paced, aggressive attack on Bremen which stifle their offensive abilities. In fact, they jumped out to a healthy double-digit lead before the crowd got settled in as well as the Lady Braves warmed up. Hawks exploded out of the blocks. In less than two minutes, they built a double-digit lead.

It was 23-5 at the end of the first quarter.

Their defensive swagger continued into the second quarter only allowing 5 additional points (41-10 at the half).

The Lady Hawks were led by DePaul recruit Uniquah Hampton who finished with 18 points, followed by Autris Coleman, who came off the bench and knocked down 15 of her own.

After the game Ms. Hampton shared with us that "[tonight's win] showed us that if we want it we have to bring it, and tonight we brought it."

After the contest, Ms. Hampton was nursing a sore ankle which she said will be okay for Friday night's regional championship.

"Our use of athletism, speed and versatility up-front helped us tonight," said coach Maniatis. "We got off to a strong start which deflated [Bremen] them. But I will give them credit for a wonderful upset over Evergreen Park."



Hales 84, St. Laurence 71
The Spartans continue their winning ways and trying to keep pace with De La Salle as they knocked off St. Laurence. Senior Jamie Adams knocked down 34 in the contest. On the other side of the ball, Darius Parker led St. Laurence with seven 3-pointers and 27 points overall.

De La Salle 69, Mount Carmel 60

And the Catholic League champion is...  TBD over the next couple of games!  But we will say that Tuesday night's battle got the Meteors one step closer to conference champion status behind the hot hands of freshmen phenom Jaylon Tate who had 13 points including 4 straight important free throws in the last minute of play.


"We've been ready for this game for weeks," coach Tom White said after the game. "We really stood out tonight."


Up next for the Meteors is Leo. See you guys at the baseline.

Rich Central 84, Mount Assisi 43
The Olympians got off to a face-paced, solid start and never looked back knocking off Mount Assisi in the regionals behind the hot hands and aggressive play of senior Janae Smith who had a pure double-double, 20 points and 12 rebounds. Not to be out done, senior guard Ashley Huddleston also had a double-double, 16 points and 11 boards.

Rich South 55, Richards 51

The Stars were aligned in this Class 3A regional contest as Rich South defeats Richards in the regional playoffs.  This was a good old fashion basketball battle where both teams needed to focus on the basics... ball control and free throws. And on this night, Rich South was able to control the boards and make their free throws down the stretch.  


The Lady Stars obtained an early lead until the 3:06 mark in the second quarter when the Bulldogs pulled ahead on a lay-up by 5'11" junior Raneisha Hill. From this point on the Bulldogs snagged the momentum and made the Lady Stars play their game through the first half.


But as we all know, basketball is about two halves, and in the second half, the Lady Stars went back to playing their game, pressing the Bulldogs up the court and playing aggressive in the paint.


"Coach wanted us to play more aggressive," said Jasmine after the game. "Coach wanted us to pick it up on defense and rebound the ball." To hear more of Jasmine Collins' post-game interview, click here.


From this, Rich South put together a healthy, fast-pace run of 16-7 which secured the lead for the remainder of  the game.


Richards' (Raneisha) Hill, who came off the bench when Brianna LeBeau got into the foul trouble, led the Bulldogs with 14 points followed by LaShundra Patterson who added 10.

"I'm glad they're stepping up," Mays said. "That's what they're supposed to do. At halftime, I said, 'All the records go out the window. You've got to leave it out on the floor tonight, and the team that does that is going to be victorious.' "  To hear more of Coach Mays' post-game interview including a huge compliment on junior Jasmine Collins, click here.

In the final two minutes, Richards' freshmen guard Georgia Danos hit two B-I-G three's in the last two minutes bringing the game within one, 49-48, but it proved not enough to stop the Lady Stars who sank 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch. To see video of Danielle Pertiller knocking down two key free throws click here.

NOTE: DeAsia and CiErra Garrett didn't play due to team rules.

Rich South will play T.F. North in Thursday's regional final and we'll see you at the baseline.



Marshall 70, Bogan 57
Marshall boys continue to get hot at the right time as Vincent Garrett and Keifer Sykes each knocked down 15 to lead the Commando's to a win Monday night.



Brooks 52, Tinley Park 36
At the Harlan regionals, Brooks tipped things off against Tinley Park, as Ms. Wesley knocked down a game high 24 to continue their winning ways. Up next for Brooks is the host school - Harlan. Tip off is scheduled for 6p.


Rich East 65, Crete-Monee 39
In the second game, it was all Rich East as they jumped out to an early 11 point lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Rockets used their full-court press defense which caused multiple turnovers against  the Warriors. The use of the press defense got Rich East out to as much as a 28 point lead coming down the stretch, 64-32.

The Rockets will face Lemont Tuesday night 8pm @ Harlan high school.








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