Milestone and clincher for Gorecki, Fremd
Haley Gorecki scored 15 points and became only the second player in Fremd girls basketball history to reach 2,000 points on Tuesday night when the state-ranked Vikings rolled past visiting Hoffman Estates 74-30.
The Vikings also clinched their sixth straight Mid-Suburban League title under coach Dave Yates. They will play for the MSL crown a week from Wednesday at either Prospect or Hersey.
Gorecki's 2000th point came on a layup late in the second quarter.
Maggie Fontana, a 2001 graduate who went on to play for Holy Cross, is Fremd's all-time scoring leader with 2,528 points.
"What an amazing accomplishment by an amazing player, and more importantly, a great kid," Yates said of Gorecki (2,005 career points), a Duke recruit who also had 5 assists and 3 rebounds.
"Two thousand points is pretty rare air, and Haley deserves to be considered among the best this area has ever produced.
"Moments like this make me realize that our time together is winding down, and I am extremely fortunate to have coached a player of Haley's caliber."
Other top scorers for Fremd (21-4, 9-0) were sophomore Grace Tworek (12 points, 6 rebounds, assists, 3 steals), Bryana Hopkins (11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists), Brianna Lewis (6 points, 5 assists) and Julie Wacker (7 rebounds).
Hoffman Estates (4-19, 0-9) was led by sophomore Monraia Wilson (11 points).
Conant 48, Palatine 36: Haley Anderson scored a game-high 13 points and the visiting Cougars (19-4, 7-2) played progressively stingier defense as the game continued to pick up a Mid-Suburban West win at Palatine.
The Pirates trailed by 2 at the half before being held to 8 points in the third quarter and 5 in the fourth. Conant, meanwhile, took command with an 18-point fourth quarter.
Monica Masini and Ashley Shapiro had 8 points apiece to lead Palatine (13-13, 4-5).
Barrington 52, Schaumburg 42: Kelly Katis (12 points, 5 assists), Alex Van Ryne (12 points, 6 rebounds), Bailee McDonald (8 rebounds, 6 points), Abigail Elo (8 points) and Megan Talbot (10 points, 5 rebounds) led the host Fillies (9-15, 3-6).
"I was most happy in that I felt this was a team win in every sense of the word -- from our guard play to post play to our defense," said Barrington coach Babbi Barreiro. "It felt like we really worked together as a team and were able to do nice things offensively and defensively.
"We executed well down the stretch and converted free throws. It was the first time in a while where we put together four pretty good quarters. Overall, I felt it was a good team victory. Everyone on and off the floor contributed and that's great when that can happen."
Jada Blackwell (17 points, three 3-pointers) and Brittany Reinhart (10) led Schaumburg (13-11, 4-5).
Prospect 57, Elk Grove 27: Prospect honored Taylor Will, Catherine Sherwood, Hannah Grott and Katie Olson for senior night and then went out and improved its record to 23-1 and 9-0 in the MSL East where it holds a 1-game lead over Hersey (20-5, 8-1).
The Knights and Hersey will meet Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for the title at Robert Morris University in Arlington Heights.
Sherwood led Prospect with 21 points, followed by Taylor Will (11) and Haley Will (10), who had two 3-pointers.
O'Rayn Macavoy and Ashley Sloan each had 6 points for Elk Grove (7-17, 0-9).
Buffalo Grove 62, Rolling Meadows 53: Senior Maddy Callahan scored game-high 17 points as host Buffalo Grove improved to 18-9 and 4-5 in the MSL East
Megan King led Rolling Meadows (16-9, 2-7) with 15 points (five 3-pointers) while teammate Krya Spiwak added 13.
The Bison fired home 10 3-pointers in the contest while Meadows had 8.
St. Viator 46, Marian Central 36: Freshman Myia Clark hit a 3-pointer in that third quarter that gave the host Lions (8-16) the lead for good and she went on to score a game-high 17 points for the Lions.
Clark made 6 of 7 shots and 3 of 4 free throws.
Kayne Stanley added 13 points for Viator, followed by Jessica Hohlweg (7 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals), Madison McAteer (4 points, 9 rebounds), Molly McNamara (3 points, 1 rebound) and Julia Bergström (2 points).
St. Viator finished the game with 37 rebounds (16 offensive/21 defensive), 3 blocks and 4 steals.