Fremd, Prospect to meet for title
Ranked No. 3 in Class 4A and seeded No. 1 in the Libertyville sectional, Fremd's girls basketball team began the state tournament on Tuesday night with a 60-35 win over No. 20 Mundelein in the Mustangs' own regional.
The Vikings (25-4) will play No. 8 Prospect (15-9) for the title on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Sophomore Ruthie Montella and junior Emily Klaczek, the Mid-Suburban West Player of the Year, each scored 12 points to lead the Vikings.
Freshman Brianna Wooldridge added 8 points and junior Olivia Hill had 6 for Fremd.
Prospect 53, Wauconda 44: Senior guard Jessica Kowalczyk exploded for a career-high 20 points to help lead the No. 8 seeded Knights past No. 9 Wauconda in the Class 4A Mundelein regional semifinal.
Prospect (15-9) meets top-seeded Fremd (25-4) in the title match on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Other top scorers for the Knights were Ashley Adams (13 points), Eliot Dojutrek (6 points, 4 rebounds), Helen Siavelis (5 points, 4 rebounds) and Stephanie Kowalczyk (5 rebounds, 2 assists).
Hersey 56, Grayslake North 41: Playing in its own Class 4A regional, No. 4 seed Hersey received a game-high 17 points from sophomore Mary Kate Fahey to advance to the title game on Thursday at 7 p.m. against No. 5 Stevenson.
Mary McGrath and Emily Collins each added 11 for Hersey followed by Janine Boyan (8) and Aya El-Fiky (7).
Buffalo Grove 46, Lake Zurich 39: Guards Megan Fontanetta (14 points) and Jackie Bickhaus (9) led No. 8 Buffalo Grove over No. 10 in the semifinal of the Class 4A Lake Forest regional.
Teammates Alyssa Ramos, Sydney Fortman and Zori Angelova each chipped in 6 points and Macy Floro 5.
The Bison (16-12) will face No. 2 Lake Forest (24-7) in the championship on Thursday at 7 p.m.
York 36, Elk Grove 28: No. 8 York ended the season for No. 12 Elk Grove (14-14), which was led by Megan Murray (11 points) and Isabella Tierney (8) in the semifinal of the Class 4A York regional.
Evanston 85, Leyden 35: No. 3 seeded Evanston won the semifinal of the Maine South regional over the No. 15 Eagles. "We left everything on the floor tonight," said Leyden coach Stephanie Kuzmanic. "And as a coach that's all you can ask for."