Conant's Jorie Wachal scored a game-high 21 points but none were more important than her 12-footer in the lane with six seconds left in Friday's Mid-Suburban West girls basketball game at Barrington.
The senior guard's long drive to the basket ended with the decisive 2 points in the Cougars' 37-35 win as the Fillies missed a shot at the buzzer trying to send the game to overtime.
"Wachal works awfully hard for all four quarters and that is part of what makes her so effective and what makes Conant so tough," said Barrington coach Babbi Barreiro. "This was an exciting game to be a part of and I was proud of the kids. We had a decent look at the end and after dropping our first contest to them by 24 points (53-29), I thought tonight we looked much better.
"That being said, I feel like we still have plenty of room to tighten up our execution and in taking care of the ball. We had some costly turnovers and we lost some 50/50 balls. Both of those things happened at some really inopportune times."
Junior Taylor Cyr added 7 points for the Cougars, who improved to 8-14 and 4-4 while Barrington stands at 4-17 and 2-6.
Wachal had a pair of 3-pointers while Cyr and classmate Lauren Murphy each had one.
"We lose as a team and we win as a team," Barreiro added. "And tonight we certainly felt that way. We had some chances and just did not convert -- and they did."
The Fillies were led by Claire Collier's 14 points (two 3-pointers) and 9 rebounds while Alex Van Ryne had 10 points. Cecilia Stack also grabbed 9 rebounds to go with her 6 points.
Rolling Meadows 59, Prospect 41: Morgan Campagna (14 points), Katherine Nolan (13) and Kyra Spiwak (13) each reached double figures and Melissa Spiwak added 9 for visiting Meadows (18-6, 7-1), which remained 1 game behind Hersey (21-3, 8-0) in the MSL East.
"I thought we played a complete game," said Meadows coach Ryan Kirkorsky. "Morgan, Katherine and Kyra Splayed at a high level on both ends of the court. It was a big lift to have Katherine (who'd missed the last game with soreness) back in the lineup, and I thought our entire team filled their roles tonight."
Prospect (9-12, 3-5) was led by Mandy Withey (11 points, 8 rebounds), Margherite Pettenuzzo (9 points) and Emily Frasco (7 points).
"They attacked our red zone and the paint," said Prospect coach Gabrielle Lovin. "Strong post play dominated their offense and we couldn't stop them. It was great play by Meadows."
Maine West 59, Vernon Hills 41: Alisa Fallon (18 points), Rachel Kent (15 points, 12 rebounds) and Allison Pearson (11 points 3 rebounds) led the way for visiting Maine West (20-3), which improved to 8-0 in the Central Suburban North.
Palatine 55, Hoffman Estates 40: Sophomore Elena Porrata tossed home a career-high 21 points with five 3-pointers as visiting Palatine improved to 12-10 and 4-4 in the MSL West.
Sydney Rzepka added 11 points for the Pirates and teammate Reggie Much added 9.
All the scoring for Hoffman (3-20, 1-7) came from Monraia Wilson (23 points), Raven Wilson (10) and Tayler Williams (7).
Wheeling 63, Elk Grove 42: Melissa Claver (22 points), Chloe Drozdz (13), Nosa Igiehon (12) and Kourtney Schuetz (10) were top scorers for the visiting Wildcats (11-13, 3-5).
EG (3-20, 0-8) was paced by Jenny Banak (18 points, three 3-pointers) and Megan Murray (14 points).