North Shore drops 1A semifinal
North Shore Country Day had a tough time in its first appearance in the boys state basketball tournament as it fell to Woodlawn 62-44 in Friday's Class 1A semifinals in Peoria.
Austin Curren had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Riley Hall had 9 points and 8 rebounds for North Shore (19-5). A.J. Webb's 21 points led Woodlawn (28-5).
Carrollton 45, Mason City Illini Central 44: All-stater Joey Coonrod (17 points, 11 rebounds) hit 2 free throws with nine seconds left to help Carrollton (30-4) avoid the upset bid in the 1A semifinals. Coonrod's 3-point play at 2:01 cut the deficit to 44-43.
Normal U-High 55, Rockford Lutheran 52: All-stater Keita Bates-Diop had 16 points and 9 rebounds as U-High (28-4) advanced to the title game. Rockford Lutheran dropped to 29-4.
Breese Central 57, Seton 47: Breese Central (33-1) all-stater Brandon Book showed he can do it all as he had 24 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. Breese broke away with a 19-10 fourth quarter.
Class 4A at Dundee-Crown: Some nights the ball goes in the basket and some nights it doesn't.
Friday was not one of those "in" nights for the Elgin boys basketball team.
A poor shooting night for the Maroons coupled with a true championship-game performance from Rockford Auburn senior Fred Van Vleet spelled the end of the season for the Maroons as Auburn walked away with a 67-56 win in front of a standing-room-only crowd of more than 2,500 in the title game of the Class 4A Dundee-Crown sectional in Carpentersville.
The fifth-ranked Knights (30-2) will take on Warren in the 8 p.m. supersectional at NIU's Convocation Center on Tuesday. Elgin wrapped up one of its most successful seasons with a 26-4 record.