Fremd completes another perfect West run
Twenty six in a row.
That's the Mid-Suburban West winning streak the Fremd girls basketball team will carry into the 2015-16 season after completing a 10-0 run for the second straight season on Friday night.
Haley Gorecki (18 points), Bryana Hopkins (13), Briana Lewis (12) and Julia Wacker (10) all reached double figures in the state-ranked Vikings' 68-33 triumph over visiting Palatine.
Fremd (22-4) has not lost a MSL West game since Schaumburg defeated the Vikings 46-37 three years ago.
"Our kids have very high goals for themselves and have worked very hard to improve as the season has progress," said Fremd coach Dave Yates, who has guided the Vikes to six straight West crowns. "We are not the same team that started the season. We are playing very good basketball right now and have a number of kids playing at a very high level. I am excited to represent the West in the big game next Wednesday."
That big game will be the MSL championship and will be in Mt. Prospect or Arlington Heights.
State-ranked Prospect (23-1, 9-0) is facing Hersey (20-5, 8-1) to settle the MSL East crown today at 10:30 a.m. at the Robert Morris University branch in Arlington Heights, also known as the Forest View Educational Center.
Admission is free as it is part of the District 214 Centennial Classic.
Fremd pretty much put away Friday's game by half when it led 40-11.
Yates removed his starters with a minute to go in the third quarter.
"We played a great first half of basketball," the coach said. "I thought we really played well together and passed the ball extremely well.
"I was very pleased our kids came out ready to play. They wanted to finish the MSL West on a high note."
Hopkins helped the Vikes control the boards.
"I thought Bryana was a beast on the boards." Yates said. "Brianna Lewis played a very strong game on both ends of the floor. Julia Wacker gave us some great minutes and had a season-high for points. She continues to improve on a daily basis. It was nice to see Grace (Tworek) hit a 3. She has been shooting the ball from the perimeter better and better every day."
Palatine (13-14, 4-6) was led by junior Geena Eliades with 11 points while teammates Monica Masini and Ashley Shapiro each had 7.
Barrington 62, Hoffman Estates 41: Bailee McDonald celebrated her senior night with a double-double (15 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals) as the Fillies (10-15, 4-6) won their second straight in the MSL West.
McDonald and classmate Lauren Pector and Tamara Zivak (8 rebounds) were honored before the game for senior night.
"I thought all three of them did a real nice," said Barrington coach Babbi Barreiro. "Bailee was very effective underneath the boards, Lauren hit some big 3-pointers and Tamara had some nice moves to the basket."
Junior guard Kelly Katis chipped in 14 points with 5 assists.
"Kelly really finished from free throw line (7 of 9) and hit some baskets when we needed them," Barreiro added. "Megan Talbot (10 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists) played a nice game as well. It was the third straight game where I felt we played well as a team.
"It was a nice celebration for our seniors. We really wanted to win the game for them and I'm happy we were able to do that. They're pretty special kids."
Junior Erin Hanson led the Hawks (4-20, 0-10) with 14 points while sophomore Monraia Wilson added 10.
Maine West 53, Deerfield 49: Freshman Catherine Johnson fired home a career-high 24 points with 7 rebounds and 4 assists as the Warriors improved to 7-2 in the Central Suburban North and 7-17 overall.
Junior Kayla Pociejewski (11 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists) and freshman Allison Pearson (10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assist) were other top scorers for Maine West, which also received 7 points from junior Eliza Palarz.
Leyden 52, Addison Trail 51: Sophomore Artasia Gusman (15 points) and senior guard Alondra Chavarria each scored 15 points to lead the host Eagles in the West suburban Gold. Sophomore teammate Cherish Sepulveda added 8 points.