Monday night at Dundee-Crown High school was for Derril Kipp, the legendary Maine West girls basketball coached who died July 5 from pancreatic cancer.
A special ceremony and moment of silence was held for the Hall of Fame coach, who had brought his team to the tradition-rich Dundee-Crown Charger Classic every season since it began 34 years ago in Carpentersville.
On Monday, the Warriors defeated the host school 51-31 with a strong second half after leading 21-19 at intermission.
Former D-C athletic director Dick Storm returned to talk about Kipp's many contributions to the sport and to honor his entire family which was on hand.
"Dundee-Crown does a great job," said Warriors coach Kim DeMarigny. "They talked about Derril's influence on girls basketball in the state of Illinois, his work with AAU basketball and his summer league and observation tournament at Maine West."
Kipp won the D-C title five times, including three in a row from 1987 to 1989.
He coached the Warriors from 1981 to 2016 winning 788 games and leading West to seven appearances in the state finals, including the 1988 Class AA state title.
Monday would have been his 800th career win.
"Derril would not have been happy with the effort we put forth in the first half," said DeMarigny, who was Kipp's most recent assistant coach. "But we made some adjustments defensively in the second half and we came out with a little more intent.
"He (Kipp) would have been pleased to have gotten to this number (800). We had a small celebration in the locker room. We talked about how he would want us to come back and play hard the next day and the rest of the tournament."
Sophomore Rachel Kent led the Warriors (12-2) with 17 points and 6 rebounds while freshman Angela Dugalic added a career-high 13 points with 11 rebounds. Also reaching double figures for West was junior Alisa Fallon (10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assist, 2 steals).
Hononegah 56, Prospect 47: Ashley Adams and Emily Frasco each scored 12 points to lead Prospect (4-7) in its opener of the Dundee-Crown Charger Classic.
Mandy Withey (9 points) led the Knights with 7 rebounds while teammate Kendra Gancarz recorded 6 rebounds.
Fenwick 60, Barrington 40: Freshman Taylor Thompson and sophomore Tori Meyer led the Fillies (1-10) with 10 points apiece while teammate Cecilia Stack added 8 in the opening-round game of the Dundee-Crown Charger Classic.
Stack led Barrington with 5 rebounds while Claire Collier and Thompson each had 4.
Maggie O'Donnell, Rachel Mori and Collier handed out 2 assists apiece for the Fillies.
Maine South 52, Buffalo Grove 25: Megan Gamber (9 points) and Alyssa Floros (8) led BG (4-7) in its first-round game of the Dundee-Crown Charger Classic.
Freshman Kendra Lee pulled down 7 rebounds for the Bison with an assist and a steal while Sydney Fortman had 4 rebounds. Kendall Prochaska also had 3 rebounds and BG's only 3-pointer.
Conant 51, Cary-Grove 39: Senior guard Jorie Wachal scored a game-high 22 points while Cate Fitzgerald added 11 for the Cougars who won their first game of the Libertyville tournament.
Ania Baker added 7 points and Amanda Klingsporn 6 for Conant, which faces host Libertyville at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday when the round-robin event resumes.
St. Viator 67, Elmwood Park 17: Junior Myia Clark scored 16 points and classmate Olivia Solimene added 13 for St. Viator (4-7) which won its first game of its own Blenner Holiday Classic.
Zion-Benton 63, Leyden 42: The Eagles are now 3-4 after falling in their first-round game of the Blenner Holiday Classic.
Grayslake Central 44, Wheeling 35: Melissa Claver (9 points), Nosa Igiehon (7) and Kourtney Schuetz (7) led Wheeling (7-6) in its third game of the Warren tourney.