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High school girls basketball: Crystal Lake Central, Dundee-Crown reach Cary-Grove Regional final

Crystal Lake Central's Corrine Hamill (left) and Nora Ryan celebrate the Tigers' victory over Cary-Grove in a Class 4A Cary-Grove Regional semifinal Wednesday in Cary. Central won, 58-55, and will face Dundee-Crown in the regional final Thursday.
Crystal Lake Central's Corrine Hamill (left) and Nora Ryan celebrate the Tigers' victory over Cary-Grove in a Class 4A Cary-Grove Regional semifinal Wednesday in Cary. Central won, 58-55, and will face Dundee-Crown in the regional final Thursday.

CARY – Crystal Lake Central girls basketball coach Derek Crabill had a simple message for his team before the start of Wednesday's Class 4A Cary-Grove Regional semifinal against Cary-Grove.

"We told them to attack the rim," the Tigers' third-year coach said. "Good things happen when you attack the rim."

In the game's biggest moment, Central sophomore Nora Ryan picked off a C-G pass at midcourt and went straight to the basket, scoring on a layup with 25.5 seconds remaining and breaking a tie.

It was Ryan's first field goal after missing her first five shots, but it was a big one – giving the Tigers a 57-55 lead.

"Nora gets that steal and doesn't hesitate," Crabill said. "It would have been easy for her in that situation to look for someone else, to give it up. But she made the right choice and did the right thing."

Ryan knocked down 1 of 2 free throws with 13.7 seconds left, and Central's defense kept the Trojans off the board the rest of the way in a 58-55 win to put the Tigers into Thursday's regional final against top-seeded Dundee-Crown.

D-C (23-8) defeated No. 6 Prairie Ridge, 43-29, in the day's first semifinal. The No. 5-seeded Trojans end the season at 12-17.

Ryan credited her teammates for applying pressure before her steal and go-ahead score. Central forced 28 turnovers.

"I was really happy how my teammates stepped up," Ryan said. "I had no way of getting that steal if (Maddie) Haslow wasn't up pressuring the ball. It was everybody on defense stepping up and doing what they're supposed to do."

Haslow led Central with 13 points and three assists. With the score tied at 29 in the third quarter, she knocked down three straight 3-pointers to give Central a 38-29 lead. Central led, 40-36, after three.

Nine players scored for Central. Cori Hamill had 12 points and four assists, Hailey Geske had nine points, and Lily Penza tossed in eight points.

Freshman Emily Lukowski led C-G with a game-high 16 points, scoring 11 in the third quarter. Lauren Passaglia added 12 points, and Bailey Steinkamp had six points on two 3s. Maddie Jannusch had four points and pulled in 16 rebounds.

In the first semifinal, D-C sophomore Alyssa Crenshaw collected 15 points and 13 rebounds to help lead the Chargers into the regional final. Gianine Boado had nine points, Katelyn Skibinski had seven, and Kendall Kieltyka tossed in six.

The Chargers won three straight regional titles before their streak was snapped last year by C-G.

"It means a lot to us because Cary-Grove beat us by one point last year," Crenshaw said. "It's a really big deal to us."

Prairie Ridge (12-17) was led by freshman Karsen Karlblom with nine points and two 3s. Alana Mocchi added eight points, while Sam Gablenz and Maddy Ljunggren had five points apiece.

WEDNESDAY'S STAR

Alyssa Crenshaw

Dundee-Crown, so., F

Crenshaw had a double-double by halftime in a 43-29 win against Prairie Ridge. She finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

THE NUMBER

9: Nine players scored for Crystal Lake Central in a 58-55 win against Cary-Grove.

AND ANOTHER THING ...

Dundee-Crown is going for its fourth regional championship in five years. Crystal Lake Central last won a regional title in 2009.

Class 4A Cary-Grove Regional

Dundee-Crown 43, Prairie Ridge 29

PRAIRIE RIDGE (29):Karlblom 2 34- 9, Gablenz 1 3-6 5, Mocchi 2 4-4 8, Ljunggren 1 2-2 5, Statter 0 2-4 2. Totals: 6 14-20 29.

DUNDEE-CROWN (43):Crenshaw 6 3-4 15, Boado 4 0-0 9, Schmidt 0 2-2 2, Skibinski 3 0-1 7, Kieltyka 3 0-2 6, Deegan 2 0-0 4. Totals: 18 5-9 43.

Prairie Ridge 3 10 5 11 – 29

Dundee-Crown 9 15 7 12 – 43

3-point goals:Prairie Ridge 3 (Karlblom 2, Ljunggren) , Dundee-Crown 2 (Boado, Skibinski). Total fouls:Prairie Ridge 10, Dundee-Crown 18.

Crystal Lake Central 58, Cary-Grove 55

CARY-GROVE (55):Steinkamp 2 0-0 6, Larry 2 0-0 4, Passaglia 5 2-5 12, Tomasiewicz 1 2-3 4, Jannusch 1 2-4 4, Lukowski 7 1-2 16, Kurth 2 0-0 4, Scheuer 2 0-0 5. Totals: 22 7-14 55.

CRYSTAL LAKE CENTRAL (58):Haslow 5 0-0 13, Hamill 4 3-3 12, Wozniak 2 1-2 6, Geske 2 5-8 9, Fleming 1 1-4 3, Ryan 1 2-4 4, Penza 4 0-0 8, Keller 1 0-0 2, Lichte 0 1-2 1. Totals: 20 13-23 58.

Cary-Grove 13 8 15 19 – 55

Crystal Lake Central 15 10 15 18 – 58

3-point goals:Cary-Grove 4 (Steinkamp, Lukowski, Scheuer), Crystal Lake Central 4 (Haslow 3, Hamill, Wozniak). Total fouls:Cary-Grove 14, Crystal Lake Central 14.

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