Senior guard Erin Quinn and junior guard Jackie Meier each scored 13 points to lead Carmel Catholic's girls basketball team to a 58-34 win over Grayslake North at Mundelein on Monday night, making a winner of Kelly Perz in her head-coaching debut.
Senior center Beth Scudder added 11 points, and Sarah McHugh had 7 points and 7 rebounds for Carmel, which plays Rolling Meadows at 4:30 p.m. today at Mundelein.
Quinn's drive and spinning layup gave Carmel a 22-6 lead after one quarter. Meier scored 9 points, including a 3-pointer, and hit all 4 of her shots in the first quarter, which saw the Corsairs go 10 of 14 from the floor.
Scudder went 4 of 4 from the floor in the second quarter and Carmel went into the locker room leading 42-14 on 18-of-27 shooting.
Katie McGrath led Grayslake North with 10 points, Brianna Leon added 8 and sophomore Jordyn Bowen chipped in 7, including a 3-pointer.
The Knights were more competitive in the second half, outscoring the Corsairs 12-7 in the third quarter and winning the half 20-16.
"We're going to run the floor," said coach Jim Sarver, whose Knights graduated all-time leading scorer and rebounder Lauren Erickson and also lost all-area post Kinsey Siler, who transferred out of state. "I think you saw in the second half how we can out-quick people."
Vernon Hills 49, Lake Forest Academy 28 At the Cougar Classic, Lauren Webb scored 11 points and teammate Meri Bennett-Swanson added 10 as Vernon Hills got a winner in its season opener. Webb and Bennett-Swanson also came up big on the boards, with 8 and 7 rebounds respectively.
Wauconda 38, Crystal Lake Central 30Sammy Ellis poured in a game-high 19 points as Wauconda won its first game of the season. With 9 rebounds, Ellis fell just one rebound short of a double-double. Melanie Prudhomme added 10 points for the Bulldogs.
Fremd 58, Grant 18With three players in double-figures, Fremd rolled Grant in the season opener for both teams. Donnie Taggart led Grant with 8 points.