Maine West's girls basketball team finished its second-best regular season in school history on Saturday with a 60-24 triumph at Vernon Hills.
The win gave the Warriors a 26-1 record, second only to the 1987-88 Class AA state championship team that went 27-0. That club was coached by the late hall of famer Derril Kipp, who directed many of this year's players on the Warriors' team three years ago.
His assistant that season, Kim de Marigny, is now the Warriors head coach. She has steered the Warriors to the their second straight 10-0 season in the Central Suburban North.
Saturday, was the Warriors' 22nd straight win in the North, with their last los coming to Niles North in overtime (64-62) during the 2015-16 season.
They have won 37 of their last 40 in the North, which they won this season for the 28th time in school history.
West led 17-0 after one quarter and 34-6 at the break.
Top scorers for the Warriors were senior point guard Allison Pearson (11 points, 3 steals), sophomore Dylan VanFleet (10 points, 6 rebounds), junior Rachel Kent (9 points, 5 rebounds) and sophomore Angela Dugalic (8 points, 6 steals).
Vernon Hills (17-10, 8-2) played without leading scorer and rebounder Kayla Caudle and freshman guard Daniella Jarrell. Caudle and the Cougars' other juniors were taking the ACT. Jarrell missed the game with illness.
Senior guard Nicole Pieper scored 6 points for Vernon Hills.