Schaumburg senior Mallory Gerber, who surpassed 1,000 career points at the Wheaton North tournament in December, has hardly slowed down in January and February.
The 5-foot-11 guard/forward opened the postseason on Tuesday night with a game-high 26 points and 7 rebounds to help lead the No. 7-seeded Saxons past No. 10 Bartlett 64-49 in the semifinals of the Class 4A Batavia regional.
Laura O'Connell (8 rebounds), Maya Bowens (6 rebounds) and Kayla Patterson each chipped in 7 points for Schaumburg (16-12), which will face No. 2 Wheaton North on Friday at 7 p.m. for the championship.
Maine West 72, Maine East 32: Sophomore Rachel Kent (22 points, 6 rebounds), junior Allison Pearson (11 points) and freshman Angela Dugalic (10 points, 10 rebounds) helped No. 3 seed Maine West (24-3) past No. 15 Maine East and into the championship game of its own Class 4A regional against No. 5 New Trier at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Junior Gabriela Alvarado scored all 6 of her points in the fourth quarter while classmates Catherine Johnson and Alisa Fallon each chipped in 5.
St. Charles North 47, Conant 31: Senior Jorie Wachal closed out her high-scoring career with a team-high 13 points for the No. 11 seeded Cougars (10-16) against the No. 6 North Stars in the semifinals of the Conant Class 4A regional.
Michelle Benson, Cate Fitzgerald and Taylor Cyr each had a 3-pointer for the Cougars.
"It was a tough loss to a very physical St. Charles North team," said Conant coach Deirdre Naughton. "They had a lot of weapons tonight.
"I'm so proud of my senior group (Wachal, Brittany Laskero, Michelle Benson, Christy Dizonno, Cam Rosas, Aisling Benson and Megan Kasabian) and it's been a pleasure to coach them and see them grow. On and off the court they are a wonderful group of people. Our whole program will miss them."
Geneva 64, Hoffman Estates 17: Senior Monraia Wilson led the Hawks (4-24) with 8 points against top-seeded Geneva in the Hawks' own Class 4A regional.
Maine South 61, Prospect 42: Sophomore Mandy Withey and junior Emily Frasco shared scoring honors for No. 10 Prospect with 10 points apiece against No. 7 Maine South in the semifinal of the Class 4A Glenbrook North regional.
The Knights (12-14) also received 6 points from Eileen Donohue.
"A red hot Maine South team beat us tonight," said Prospect coach Gabrielle Lovin. "They were hitting from all over and pushed the tempo. I am thankful for a great year and wish the seniors (Haley Will, Mary McKenna, Kendra Gancarz, Maggie Determann and Donohue) nothing but the best."
St. Viator 50, Lake View 13: No. 4 St. Viator led 28-10 at half and never looked back against No. 13 Lake View in the semifinal of the Class 3A Vernon Hills regional.
Olivia Solimene (11 points, 2 assists), Haley Robinson (7 points, 3 rebounds), Rebecca Wolf (7 points, 3 rebounds), Michaela Mueller (5 points, 3 rebounds) and Jenna Breslin (5 points, 5 rebounds) were top scorers for the Lions (15-13).
St. Viator will face No. 5 Vernon Hills for the championship at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Loyola 60, Leyden 29: No. 4-seeded Loyola advanced to the championship of the Class 4A Trinity regional with the win over No. 14 Leyden.