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Girls Basketball Playoff Roundup: MW, Leyden Eliminated, 7 Journal Teams Earn Wins

Here’s a look at the Journal-area girls basketball playoff scores for the Class 4A regional semifinal action Monday, Feb. 12:

New Trier 53, Maine West 36: No. 11 Maine West (12-14, 7-3 CSL North) was unable to beat No. 6 New Trier (17-15) in the regional semifinal round for their first opening round exit since 2015. Maine West, the CSL North champions, struggled early, scoring 6 points in the first quarter and eventually trailing 30-11 at half. The Trevians led 46-23 after three quarters. Maine West was led by sophomore Lynn Yousuf Abramson (13 points) and senior Amelie Mach (8 pts., 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals). The Warriors also received contributions from Kaitlyn Nutley (5 pts.), Kimberly Figueroa-Martinez (4 pts., 3 rebounds), Yanet Conde (4 pts.) and Espinoza (2 pts.). Maine West only made 12-of-40 shots in the losing effort. It was the final game for Maine West’s senior class of Mach, Figueroa-Martinez, Conde and Laura Obenberger (team-high 5 rebounds). Sela Klein (21 pts.), who recently committed to Brown University, led New Trier.

Glenbrook North 52, Leyden 19: No. 12 Leyden (16-12, 5-7 WSC Gold) had their best season since going 18-9 in 2003-04, but their year came to an abrupt end with a 33-point loss to No. 5 Glenbrook North (22-7). Leyden ended the regular season winning 8-of-10, but they couldn’t keep the momentum going in the playoffs. Leyden lost the opening round playoff game 66-16 to Loyola Academy last season. In the loss Monday, Leyden was led by Daija Cohen (8 points) and Najawa Jackson (7 pts.).

Prospect 73, South Elgin 31: No. 5 Prospect (20-12, 7-3 MSL East) rolled past No. 12 South Elgin to win a memorable game for the Knights. Prospect won 20-plus games for the third straight season, something the program never accomplished before. It is Prospect’s 10th season with 20-plus wins. Prospect led 25-5 after one quarter and 46-19 at half. The Knights extended the lead to 69-23 after three quarters. Prospect had 10 different players score, led by Skylar Splinter (17 points), Alli Linke (16 pts.), Sadie Splinter (12 pts.) and Gina Falls (8 pts.). No. 5 Prospect advances to the regional finals at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at No. 4 Schaumburg (26-5), which is having its best season since 2007-08. Schaumburg beat Prospect 47-32 in late November.

Loyola Academy 80, Lincoln Park 12: No. 1 Loyola Academy tied their school record for the longest win streak in school history, improving to 32-0 for the second time in program history and first time in 20 years. Loyola led 22-4 after one quarter and then outscored No. 16 Lincoln Park an astonishing 46-0 in the middle two quarters to lead 68-4. Loyola barely used their starters and got everyone in the game. Morgan Bruno (14 points, 4 3-pointers) led Loyola along with Aubrey Galvan (11 pts.), Grace Bronski (10 pts.) and Clare Weasler (9 pts.). Loyola, which hit 10 3-pointers, had 14 different players score in the win. No. 1 Loyola (32-0) plays No. 8 Taft for the regional championship at Highland Park at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15.  

Glenbrook South 79, Mather 28: No. 3 Glenbrook South (20-11, 7-3 CSL South) has come to life in the last two games, scoring 151 points in that span with back-to-back 70-plus point games. GBS scored a season-high 79 points in the win, surpassing the previous high of 72 points Feb. 8 against Highland Park. The Titans won their seventh straight game to reach 20 wins this season, marking the third straight 20-plus win season for the team. It is also the 20th time GBS won 20-plus games since 1994. The Titans, which had 13 different players score Monday, were led by Erin Reeve (14 points, 12 of which came in the third), Natalie Hudson (11 pts.), Cadence Cheng (9 pts.), Dana Ralston (8 pts.) and Gina Davorija (8 pts.). Amazingly, Glenbrook South led 31-0 after one quarter and 52-6 at half over No. 15 Mather. It was 69-17 after three quarters. No. 3 GBS plays No. 6 New Trier (17-15) for the regional championship at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at Mather High School in Chicago. The Titans beat New Trier 45-40 in December and 32-30 in late January.  

Palatine 50, Hampshire 27: No. 9 Palatine (14-15) had a thorough beatdown of No. 8 Hampshire (20-12) in a big upset to advance to the regional finals against No. 1 Fremd (25-6) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at Buffalo Grove. Fremd beat Palatine 62-34 (Jan. 8) and 62-30 (Jan. 31) earlier this season. Palatine led 11-6 after one quarter and 20-9 at half. The Pirates put the game out of reach after outscoring Hampshire 17-5 in the third to make it 37-14 entering the fourth. Palatine was led by Halle Onyekonwu (14 points) early on, before Frankie Henderson (15 points) closed the game out for the Pirates. Palatine also received 7 points apiece from Grace Kline and Molly Pieper.

Stevenson 58, Dundee-Crown 31: No. 2 Stevenson (27-3, 14-0 NSC) kept their magical season going with their 12th straight win as they easily knocked out No. 15 Dundee-Crown (7-23). Stevenson led 18-5 after one quarter and 35-14 at half. The Patriots even outscored Dundee-Crown 23-17 in the second half despite mostly resting the starters. Stevenson was led by Emory Klatt (13 points), Nisha Musunuri (11 pts.), Lauren Jewell (9 pts.), Emma Brooks (8 pts.) and Sydney Rosland (8 pts.).

Rolling Meadows 48, Larkin 28: No. 7 Rolling Meadows (22-8, 8-2 MSL East) jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the first quarter over No. 10 Larkin and they never looked back as they continually added to the lead. The Mustangs led 26-17 after the first half and then outscored Larkin 22-11 in the second half for the regional semifinal win. Rolling Meadows was led by Roisin Grandberry (19 points, 12 rebounds) and Ciara McMahon (15 pts., 5 3-pointers). The Mustangs also received contributions from Olivia Zielinski (7 pts., 3 rebounds, 2 steals), Elizabeth Andriano (5 pts., 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals), Emily Romanacce (2 pts., 4 rebounds), Dalia Grandberry (4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks) and Anna Kast (3 rebounds). Sanai McPherson scored 17 of Larkin’s 28 points in the loss. No. 7 Rolling Meadows plays No. 2 Stevenson (27-3) in the Dundee-Crown regional finals at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. The last time Stevenson played Rolling Meadows was Feb. 18, 2013, nearly 11 full years ago. Rolling Meadows won that game 58-47 in the playoffs.

Geneva 61, Elk Grove 23: No. 3 Geneva (21-8) quickly dashed the hopes of No. 15 Elk Grove (7-23, 4-6 MSL East) in the opening round of the playoffs. Geneva led 24-4 after one quarter and 43-6 at half. Elk Grove scored 13 points in the third quarter, but so did Geneva, which led 56-19 entering the fourth. Elk Grove was led by Maggie Maher (12 points), Ariana Trausch (7 pts.), Gianna Wright (2 pts.) and Nejla Sefic (2 pts.).

Other scores:

Fremd 71, Buffalo Grove 28

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