Rob Baker said it best.
“Boylan has great players who can score on every spot on the floor,” said the Prairie Ridge coach. “They can knock down shots from anywhere. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 15-footer, 17-footer or 20-footer they have five kids on the floor who can make shots. I am proud of my kids. They didn’t quit.”
Boylan was too much for the Wolves and advanced to the Class 4A Crystal Lake South sectional final with a 64-57 win Tuesday night.
The Titans (26-4) will play Huntley (27-3) for the title at 7 p.m. Thursday with the winner meeting Geneva or Batavia in the Judson University supersectional next Monday.
Boylan set the helter-skelter tempo in the first quarter by scoring 20 points during the first 8 minutes. Connecting on all 4 3-pointers, 1 each by Kayla Seward, Allie Zimmerman, Jensen Blassage and Halle Stull, the Titans led by 7, 20-13, after one quarter. Aly Clark kept PR in the game with 9 first-quarter points.
Leading by as many as 14 in the second quarter the Titans, led by 8 points each from Emily Crouch and Blassage, held an 11-point, 35-24 lead at intermission.
The closest the pesky Wolves got in the second half was 7, 51-44, after Sarah LeBeau drained a 3-pointer with 5:22 remaining. Prairie Ridge couldn’t get any closer.
The Titans ensured victory by connecting on 8-of-9 of free throws in the final 2 minutes including 6-of-6 from Blassage, who led the Titans with a game-high 20 points.
“We were able to use our speed to get easy baskets off our press and get the game at a fast tempo,” said Boylan coach Paul Perrone. “Give Prairie Ridge credit, they have a lot of kids who can score and are very tough to defend, We didn’t play our best but we were happy with the win.”
Stull added 13 points including 3 treys for the Titans, while Seward scored 12 with a pair of 3s and Emily Crouch tallied 10 points. The Titans connected on 50 percent of their 3-point attempts, making 7-of-14.
The Wolves (21-10), who were hindered by 23 turnovers, were led by LeBeau with 16 points including 4 3s. Maddie Drain scored 14 points with 13 rebounds and 4 blocked shots while Clark scored 13 points. Kelly Klendworth scored 8 all in the second half, including a pair of 3s.