In its quest to make the championship game of the Montini tournament for a second straight year, the Rolling Meadows girls basketball team got off to a strong start on Monday.
The state-ranked Mustangs topped Proviso West 91-44 in the opening round of the 16-team tournament and will face Neuqua Valley in Thursday's 4:45 p.m. quarterfinal.
Senior guard Jackie Kemph tossed in a game-high 34 points with 5 assists and a 3-pointer to lead the Mustangs, who were second in the tourney last year to the host Broncos.
Kemph connected for 12 field goals and was 9-of-12 at the free throw line as Meadows led 33-13 after one quarter.
Senior Alexis Glasgow (7 rebounds) added 26 points with six 3-pointers and 2-of-2 free throws while classmate Jenny Vliet added 14 points with 10 rebounds and 3 assists.
Katie Shewmon tossed in 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. She also had one of the Mustangs' 10 3-point baskets.
Ashley Montanez added 5 rebounds for Meadows.
Hersey 52, Schaumburg 33: Claire Gritt scored 16 points and Annie Korf added 13 to lead Hersey (11-1) to victory in its first-round game of the Wheaton North Tournament.
Renne Poulos, Gritt and Korff each had 8 rebounds and Maggie Berigan added 6 for Hersey. Poulos, Morgan Harris and Gritt had 4 assists apiece while Harris also had 4 steals.
"Schaumburg worked hard," said Hersey coach Mary Fendley said. "We generally have a good shooting percentage but we didn't tonight (35 percent from field)."
Hersey will face Glenbard South in Thursday's 7:30 p.m. quarterfinal.
"They (Glenbard South) looked very impressive," Fendley said. "They've lost to some very good teams."
Brittany Reinhart led Schaumburg (1-10) with 9 points.
Conant 62, Lake Forest 39: Whatever the message Conant coach Dan Travers send to his Cougars at halftime, it sure worked.
The Cougars led only 23-22 at the break but outscored the Scouts 40-17 in the final 16 minutes to win their opening-round game of the Mundelein Tournament.
"Everyone was calm at half," said Travers, whose team improved to 8-5. "The girls realized what they had to do. I've got to give Lake Forest credit. They knocked down their shots in the first half.
"But we regrouped at half and we cut down on our turnovers. We were able to use our depth for a good advantage."
Top scorers for the balanced Cougars were Sarah Mazurek (15 points), Nireet Dhillon (8), Lexi Zades (8), Alissa Wachal (8), Brianna Murphy (6) and Jorri Wachal (6).
Conant advances to the 8 p.m. quarterfinal against Loyola.
"We are going to need to play better for 32 minutes if we are going to have any chance," Travers said. "We are looking forward to playing a good Loyola team."
Vernon Hills 54, Hoffman Estates 20: Freshman guard Monraia Wilson led the Hawks (1-11) with 9 points in the first round game of the Mundelein tourney. Classmate Maya Bowens added 5 points for the Hawks while sophomore Hannah Dusharm connected for a 3-pointer.
Hoffman will meet Lake Zurich on Thursday at 9 a.m. in the consolation quarterfinals.
Palatine 44, Deerfield 42. The Pirates (5-8) had a combined 30 points from Morgan Radtke (17) and Erin Mayer (13) and came from behind to stop Deerfield in tournament play at Warren.
Palatine outscored the Warriors 17-8 in the fourth quarter.
Morgan Gallagher (7 points) and Carissa Multon (4 points, 9 rebounds) also helped out the Pirates.
Deerfield had strong games from Haley Greer (13 points and 8 rebounds), Kathryn Hoffmann (12 points, 5 rebounds) and Emilia Karkazis (7 points, 10 rebounds).
Grayslake Central 51, Wheeling 48: Grayslake Central had 16 points from Morgan Dahlstrom and 10 more from Maddy Arnold as the Rams stayed unbeaten in tourney play with a 51-48 win over Wheeling at Warren.
The Wildcats (5-8) had a great game from junior Deanna Kuzmanic, who scored 26 points with 8 rebounds.
Wheeling (outscored the Rams 15-7 in the fourth quarter but couldn't quite catch the Rams (10-3).