Elk Groves girls basketball team will get one more game on its home court this season.
Coach Kathie Swansons Grenadiers received a game-high 24 points from senior forward Diamond Boyd in a 48-27 victory over No. 12 Downers Grove South.
The No. 6-seeded Grenadiers (19-10) advanced to Thursdays championship match of their own Class 4A regional to face No. 3 Wheaton North, a 61-29 winner over No. 14 Downers Grove North.
Kelly Naughton and Brianna Leach each chipped in 6 points for the Grens, who led 25-13 at intermission.
Maine West 60, Taft 38: Junior forward Brittany Collins scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for No. 7 Maine West over No. 11 Taft.
The Warriors (13-15) advance to Thursdays championship of the Class 4A Maine South regional against the host Hawks (No. 2 seed), who defeated No. 15 Leyden 49-21.
Alexis Prosperi added 8 points and 3 rebounds for the Warriors, who received 3-pointers from Bridget Burger and Erin Ross.
St. Viator 62, Ridgewood 44: Junior guard Erin Fabbri scored a game-high 26 points for No 6-seeded St. Viator which advanced to the championship game of the Class 3A Norridge (Ridgewood) with the win over the host school seeded No. 11.
The Lions (15-16) meet No. 3 Regina on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Michelle Presslak (11 points), Jennie Horstmann (8) and Jessica Hohlweg (7) were other top scorers for St. Viator.
Zion-Benton 64, Hoffman Estates 43: No. 14 Hoffman Estates finished it season at 11-15 while falling in the semifinals of the Grayslake North Class 4A regional to No. 3 Zion-Benton.
Rolling Meadows 81, Lake Forest 25: The weight of a pair of overtime losses to end the regular season was compounded for Rolling Meadows with a wait of nearly a week to play another game.
The Mustangs showed how eager they were to get back on the winning track in Tuesday nights Mundelein Class 4A girls basketball regional semifinal. The top seed in the Libertyville sectional tore out to a 57-point halftime lead, allowed only 12 points through three quarters and hit 12 3-pointers to improve to 25-3 with an 81-25 victory over No. 18 Lake Forest (8-22).
We were very anxious, said Meadows junior center Ashley Montanez, who had 14 points on 6-for-12 shooting from the field and 11 rebounds. We knew what we had to work on in practice and it carried over to tonights game.
Words cant explain it, but we were all really, really excited. We wanted to come out and play our game.
Northwestern recruit Alexis Glasgow scored 19 points and hit five 3s, Jenny Vliet had 13 points and three 3s and Jackie Kemph had 12 points and 11 assists as Meadows starters played less than a half. Chloe Prodanovic added 8 points and hit a pair of 3s to set up a third meeting with No. 8 Hersey (16-11), a 60-37 winner over No. 9 Warren, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday for the regional title.
The first thing I said to the kids is it was just nice to get back on the court, said Meadows coach Ryan Kirkorsky of his teams first game since losing the Mid-Suburban League championship to Fremd at the buzzer. To lose a big game, and to have to sit with that for a week, our kids were champing at the bit to get back out there.
Our kids were focused and ready to play. We were less concerned with our opponent and more concerned with ourselves.
Meadows emphasis on stopping the opposition was evident as it allowed only 1 second-quarter point en route to a 63-6 halftime lead.
Rebounding and defense, we definitely worked hard to get better at that, Montanez said of the time between games. Everyone was ready to play today.
Sophomore Grace Torkelson scored 8 points to lead Lake Forest but sophomore point guard Brooke Green did not play because of illness after scoring 10 points in Mondays quarterfinal win over Mundelein. Marty Maciaszek