An illness-ridden Paige Gallimore and her Antioch basketball teammates were not going to be denied.
Led by Gallimore's 25 points and 10 rebounds, the Sequoits captured their first regional championship since 1987 Thursday night, as they defeated Chicago Latin 59-47 at Guerin.
"Latin put up a strong fight to the final minute, and (our) young team almost succumbed to the pressure of the championship game," Antioch coach Tim Borries said.
But as she has done repeatedly this season, Gallimore, who was suffering from the flu before and throughout the game, "dug deep," Borries said, to lead her team to victory.
Second-seeded Antioch (23-6) advances to the Class 3A Ridgewood sectional semifinals and will play at 8 p.m. Monday against the winner of tonight's St. Viator regional final between No. 6 St. Viator and No. 3 Carmel.
Antioch defeated No. 7 Latin 66-42 in the Lisle Cage Classic in December.
Carly McCameron also came up big for Antioch on Thursday night, as she scored 8 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Amy Reiser had 10 points.
The Sequoits' 23 wins are a school record.
"The best part of the night was each player and coach getting to cut down the net," Borries said, "and pose with the plaque that was well-deserved."
Rolling Meadows 83, Mundelein 29: At Rolling Meadows, Jenny Vliet scored 22 points to lead the No. 1 seed in the battle of Mustangs.
Rolling Meadows also received 17 points apiece from Jackie Kemph and Alexis Glasgow.
No. 8 Mundelein (20-9), which fell behind 23-4 after one quarter and trailed 46-20 at halftime, received 7 points from Jamie Hemmer. Lauren Rouse and Madison Davis each had 6.