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Basketball notebook: Regional play-in games net some big margins of victory

The sub-sectional seeding brought quite a few blowout games in the northern Illinois zone alone in Saturday’s regional quarterfinal play.

Three teams scored 100-plus points and there were at least four more teams scoring 88 points or more.

The biggest margin of victory was 99 points when No. 7 Chicago Urban Prep/Bronzeville defeated No. 13 Chicago (Acero/Garcia) 113-14 in Class 2A. The 113 points was the most scored around the state on Saturday.

No. 4 Chicago Marshall won by 92 points over No. 14 Chicago Spry Community Links, 99-7, in Class 1A.

Other samples of run-away victories included:

No. 2 Rockridge 91, No. 12 Savanna West Carroll 14 (2A) – 77 points

No. 8 Chicago Farragut 88, No. 12 Chicago Acero/Soto 13 (2A) – 75 points

No. 3 Pecatonica 104, No. 15 Leland 37 (1A) – 67 points

No. 1 Yorkville Christian 108, No. 16 Chicago Morgan Park Academy 46 (1A) – 62 points

No. 6 Erie-Prophetstown 95, No. 12 Rock Island Alleman 43 (2A) – 52 points

The loss ended a tough season for Alleman, which finishes 0-28.

• Road trip: At least one top-seed had to get its road map out to plot its trip for regionals.

Eureka, the No. 1 seed in the Mendota Class 2A sub-sectional B, was sent 119 miles to the Oregon Regional to be paired with No. 4 seed Winnebago, rather than making the much-closer 51-mile trip to Hall, where No. 2 Kewanee and No. 3 Princeton will do battle.

• Grandpa Dale comes to town: Bureau Valley senior Adam Johnson got to play in front of his grandfather, Dale Johnson, 88, of Green, Iowa for the first time in several years in Saturday’s regional game at the Storm Cellar against Mendota.

Grandpa Johnson was unable to attend the spring season due to the pandemic, and made sure to make it for what proved to be his grandson’s last game. He had been watching games online when available.

“Having him in the stands getting to watch me play in person was a really special experience for me. This was the first time he had seen me play since the fourth grade I believe, so it was a big goal to get him down to watch a game,” Adam said.

“He’s always cheering me on from afar, watching the games online when he can, and always about the first person I call after a big game. But having him actually be there was so awesome, and I’m thankful he got to see me play in my last game.”

• Boys regional update: The two local boys basketball regional sites move into semifinal play Wednesday night.

In the Class 1A St. Bede Regional, the host Bruins (14-18), the No. seed 8, will face No. 2 Midland (27-4) at 6 p.m. Wednesday followed by No. 3 Putnam County (18-14) vs. No. 5 Dwight (17-12) at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Midland beat No. 15 DePue 56-29, St. Bede beat No. 10 Gardner-South Wilmington 82-66, Putnam County topped No. 14 Streator Woodland 53-27 and Dwight beat No. 11 Henry 72-55.

In the Class 2A Hall Regional, No. Kewanee (21-9) takes on No. 8 IVC (7-24) at 6 p.m. while No. 3 Princeton (19-9) faces off vs. TRAC East rival Mendota (8-22), the No. 10 seed, at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, IVC knocked out No. 9 Hall 73-68 and Mendota ousted No. 5 Bureau Valley 64-56.

Princeton will need to beat the Trojans for the third time this season, having won 63-35 at home and three nights later 55-48 at Mendota.

• Girls sectionals: La Salle-Peru will host a Class 3A girls sectional starting Tuesday, bringing the No. 1 ranked team in the state, Geneseo, to town.

Geneseo (31-1), which beat Rock Island 62-48, to avenge its only loss, will face No. 5 Washington (22-5) at 7:30 p.m. in Tuesday’s semifinals.

The first semifinal of the night will pit No. 3 seed Galesburg (22-10) against No. 4 Morton (23-6) at 6 p.m. Galesburg beat Dixon 40-37 for the regional title after knocking out La Salle-Peru 63-43 in the semifinals. Morton won four state championships from 2015-19.

No. 1 Sherrard (22-6), which beat Chillicothe IVC 45-28 to capture the Class 2A Princeton Regional last week, will meet No. 5 Normal U-High (17-16) in sectional semifinal play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Chillicothe. Another TRAC West team, No. 2 Rockridge (24-8), takes on No. 6 Canton (13-18) at 7:30 p.m.

• Stoller wins 3-point showdown: Bureau Valley senior Kyra Stoller led all shooters in the 3-Point Showdown at the Class 2A Princeton Regional on Friday, making 12-of-15 attempts. Also advancing to the Chillicothe Sectional are Hall sophomore McKenna Christiansen (7), Sherrard’s Charlotte Frerer (8) and IVC freshman Caitlyn Gilette (6), who will get to shoot on her home court.

Kyra Stoller

Kyra Stoller

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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