Daily Herald
Fremd’s McConnell, Hoffman Estates’ Young surpass 1,000 points
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Published: 11/28/2012 1:00 AM

The Mid-Suburban League saw two of its girls basketball players reach a prestigious milestone on Tuesday night.

Fremd senior Ashley McConnell and Hoffman Estates senior Destinee Young joined the 1,000-point scoring club in MSL crossover games.

McConnell did it with 7 points as the Vikings posted a 52-44 victory at Elk Grove.

She becomes the first Viking to reach the magic number since coach Dave Yates took over the program seven years ago.

“I am very proud of Ashley,” said Yates about the 2012 MSL West Player of the Year. “We have had some very good players over my seven years and Ashley continues to set the standard. She has worked extremely hard to become the player that she is and I am very fortunate to be her coach.”

Sophomore Haley Gorecki led the defending MSL West champs with 13 points, followed by Bernie Williams (8), MConnell (7), Marilyn Lortz (6) and Catherine Ernst (5).

Fremd (5-1) led 32-19 at intermission.

“We controlled the first half,” Yates said. “I give credit to Elk Grove and coach (Kathie) Swanson. Her kids never gave up and battled the entire game.

“We were able to keep them at arm’s length for most of the half and finished the game well. I think we are beginning to realize that we are going to get everyone’s best shot.”

Prospect 68, Hoffman Estates 53: Old Dominion recruit Destinee Young scored 12 points to surpass the 1,000 mark in career points at Hoffman Estates under coach Mike Nocella.

But it was visiting Prospect which scored a season-high 68 points to get the win and improve to 5-2.

The Knights were led by Michele Molini (19 points, 5 3-pointers), Adriane Falagario (15), Taylor Will (15) and Trisha Benson (12) while Catherine Sherwood chipped in 6.

“I thought we did a nice job of being patient and attacking their zone,” said Knights coach Ashley Graham.

Shante Hill and Becca Stoczynski each scored 14 points to lead Hoffman, which suffered its first loss of the season after 5 wins.

Rolling Meadows 59, Conant 28: Jenny Vliet (18 points), Alexis Glasgow (12) and Ashley Montanez (11) led the host Mustangs (7-0) in the MSL crossover. Vliet tossed home 4 3-pointers while Glasgow and Elizabeth Vasilogambros each had 1.

Dee Dee Durr, Haley Anderson and Lilly Chavarria each had 5 points for Conant (1-5).

Hersey 34, Barrington 30: In a defensive struggle, Hersey (3-1) outscored the visitors 14-5 in the final quarter to notch the win.

Senior Casey Weyhrich (12 points, 2 3-pointers) and junior Morgan Harris (8 points) led the Huskies’ offense with 8 points. Senior Meg Cerniglia pulled down a team-high 6 rebounds.

“I’m really proud of the girls’ ability to stay focused when we were having hard time scoring,” said Hersey coach Mary Fendley. “Our hard work on defense allowed us to keep it close, and finish strong.”

The Fillies (5-2) were led by freshman Bryana Hopkins (7 points) and 6 apiece from Angie Kirchoff and Aoife Callanan, who had a pair of 3-pointers.

Maine South 55, Maine West 29: In a Central Suburban League crossover, the visiting Warriors (1-4) were led by senior Alexia Prosperi (12 points, 5 rebounds) and junior Brittany Collins (12 points, 7 rebounds) in Park Ridge.

Maine South (7-0) was led by 6-foot-3 senior forward Jacqui Grant (16 points).