With the Class 2A Peotone Sectional final postponed because of inclement weather, Fieldcrest girls basketball coach Mitch Neally had a chance to get an early look at the Knights’ potential supersectional opponent.
So after the Knights outlasted St. Joseph-Ogden, 52-46, in overtime Friday to claim the program’s first sectional title, Neally already knew a bit about Chicago Noble/Butler, which beat IC Catholic, 62-49, in the Timothy Christian Sectional championship.
“They’re very athletic,” Neally said. “They have a big post and two great guards. This time of year, you have to come out and play and do what you’ve done all season. We’ll continue to do that and see what happens.”
The Knights (33-2) meet the Lynx (26-9) at 7 p.m. Monday in the Morton College Supersectional in Cicero.
The winner advances to the state semifinals at 4:15 p.m. Thursday at Illinois State’s Redbird Arena in Normal against the winner of the Elgin Supersectional between DePaul College Prep and Winnebago.
“It’s going to be a lot of work,” Fieldcrest junior Haley Carver said. “It’s going to be just like [Friday against St. Joseph-Ogden]. We’re going to have to put all of our game into it. We have to keep the confidence up, keep pushing forward and hopefully, we’ll get that win.”
Neally said the Lynx are a similar team to St. Joseph-Ogden.
Noble/Butler averages 62.2 points a game while allowing 31.1.
The Lynx average 15.7 steals, 15.2 assists and 34.2 rebounds a game, which includes 14 offensive boards a game.
Noble/Butler has played some larger schools, including Class 4A sectional champion Whitney Young (losing 55-48), Class 4A regional champions Marist (losing 63-46), Evanston (losing 51-41) and Kenwood (losing 72-42) and Class 3A regional champion Crete-Monee (winning 50-34 and 56-47).
In Thursday’s sectional final, Xamiya Walton scored 23 points to lead Chicago Noble/Butler, while Christin Brewer had 17 points and Camille Jackson added 15.
Walton, a sophomore who advanced to state in the IHSA’s “Three-Point Showdown” by making 10 of 15, averages 24 points a game, along with 5.1 steals and five assists a game.
Jackson, a 5-foot-11 senior guard, averages 11.5 points, 6 assists and 3.5 steals a game, while Brewer, a 6-2 senior, center contributes 9.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals a game.
“Our keys are the same keys they’ve been all year: play great defense, take care of the ball and [rebound] on defense,” Neally said. “We have to contain their guards and we have to box their bigs out. They’re a team that’s very similar to what we just played, so it’s good for us to have a game like this.
“My job is to prepare them as best as I can. They do a good job of reading their scouting reports. We’ll continue to do that and see what happens.”
Source: The Daily Chronicle