A team has to be able to capitalize on its opponents mistakes to advance in the postseason.
The Streamwood girls basketball took advantage of almost every miscue Dundee-Crown made in the first half Tuesday night and in doing so moved on to the Class 4A Dundee-Crown regional title game with a 54-36 victory over the host Chargers.
"We just committed too many turnovers in the first half," D-C coach Michelle Russell said. "That's what it came down to. We threw the ball away too many times and they scored on them."
The second-seeded Sabres (22-5) scored on 11 of the Chargers' first 15 turnovers, turning a 3-1 deficit into a 30-8 lead midway through the second quarter. Of the 29 points Streamwood scored during the 10-minute run, 23 came off turnovers.
"We thought we could use our zone press and force some turnovers," Sabres coach George Rosner said. "Just not let them get the ball where they wanted to get it and kind of have it where we wanted them to take it."
Streamwood advances to play top seed Cary-Grove (25-3), which beat Larkin 50-19 in the other semifinal Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in a regional championship game rematch from a season ago. The Trojans defeated the Sabres 53-49 in overtime in that game.
"We're very excited for this game," said Streamwood senior Emma Schmidt, who had 9 points and 4 rebounds Tuesday. "We're ready to come out and play them."
D-C (9-18) led 3-1 after a Klaudia Tabor steal and 3-pointer, but that would be the Chargers only lead as the Sabres scored the next 13 points. Streamwood led by as many as 28 in the third quarter and 30 in the fourth quarter.
Amanda Patterson led the Sabres with 14 points, 8 in the second quarter. Michelle Tomczak added 10 points and 5 rebounds. Jessica Cerda had 7 points, all in the first quarter.
Allison Sanders scored 8 points to lead the Chargers, who finished with 25 turnovers. Tabor finished with 7 points.
In the opening game, Cary-Grove came out sluggish, but earned its 12th consecutive victory.
The Trojans led 26-9 at halftime, holding the Royals to just 2 free throws in the final 9:46 of the half. Larkin also turned the ball over 24 times, including 15 in the second quarter, in the half. But the Trojans went just 2-for-20 from the floor in the second quarter, missing several attempts from in close. They went 9-for-35 in the first half.
"I've seen everybody in the world do it. There isn't a team out there that has a game like that," Cary-Grove coach Rod Saffert said. "We got the job done."
The Trojans stretched the lead out to 27, 36-9, in the third quarter, allowing the starters to sit on the bench for the final 10 minutes.
Claire Jakubicek led Cary-Grove with 13 points, despite going 4-for-17, and 13 rebounds. Megan Straumann added 9 points.
Torie Patterson scored 11 points to lead the Royals (4-22), who committed 40 turnovers and went just 7-for-26 from the floor.