Eidle electrifies with 32 points to lead Hersey
With college scouts hovering all over the back gym at Fremd High School, Hersey's Katy Eidle gave them quite a performance on Saturday at the Chicagoland Invitational Showcase in Palatine.
The 5-foot-11 freshman guard clicked for a career-high 32 points as the Huskies' girls basketball team posted its sixth straight win, a 68-59 triumph over Bartlett (5-4).
Juniors Mary McGrath and Mary Kate Fahey added 16 and 7 points, respectively, for Hersey (7-2).
"I think everyone is going to notice Katy had an unbelievable game," said Hersey coach Mary Fendley. "And as important as all 32 of her points were, it seemed like whenever Bartlett cut our lead a little, someone else stepped up.
"One time it was Natalia (Kubsik) another time when Jordan Carlquist hit that 3-pointer to end the third quarters. It was a lot of kids stepping up for a total team win even though we had that exceptional performance from Katy."
Bartlett was led by Lexie Sinclair's 25 points.
"The thing that stood out to me about Hersey is how aggressive they are," said Bartlett coach Joe Eirich. "Their kids really go after it, fighting for every loose ball."
Crown Point (IN) 59, Fremd 43: Highly-regarded Crown Point (12-0), which ranks No. 2 and No. 3 in two different Indiana Class 4A polls, led 21-20 at half but pulled away to a 41-31 lead after three quarters en route to the win at Fremd's Chicagoland Invitational Showcase.
Sophomore guard Jessica Carrothers led the Bulldogs with a game-high 23 points while Butler recruit Abby Stoddard, a senior, added 19.
"It's quite a privilege to play different teams from different states with different styles," said Crown Point coach Chris Seibert. "I've really enjoyed getting to watch coach (Dave) Yates' teams play. We've actually talked about how a lot of things we both do offensively and defensively are quite similar.
"So I'm pleased to come here and find a way to get a win in this environment against a good team like Fremd."
Junior Ruthie Montella, who scored the first 6 points for Fremd, suffered an ankle injury late in the first half and did not return to the floor.
"It's tough," Yates said. "She comes out and scores our first 6 points and it was looking good.
"We feel like we're a deep team so we're going to need the other kids to step up."
It was Fremd's first loss in six games.
"Crown Point is 12 games into its season and we're not quite there yet," Yates said. "We told our kids we need to get challenged. Crown Point is a really good basketball team. They exploited every mistake we made. We want to play good teams and hopefully keep improving throughout the season."
Emily Klaczek (10 points), Ella Burns (9) and Olivia Hill (7) led Fremd (5-1).
Barrington 49, Vernon Hills 36: Taylor Thompson scored 21 points and Laura Mahlum added 13 to lead Barrington (5-4) to its fifth straight win in the nonconference game.
"I was very happy with the way the kids played together," said Barrington coach Babbi Barreiro. "I feel like they have been focusing on the process these last couple of weeks and that is starting to pay off."
Thompson also had 10 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots.
"We had trouble contending with their post player (Thompson)," said Vernon Hills coach Paul Brettner. "She is tough with a soft touch."
"Taylor played well at both ends of the floor," Barreiro said. "Laura Mahlum is also playing well at both ends and that opens up a lot up for us."
Junior Daniella Jarrell led the Cougars (3-5) with 9 points.
"Jarrell is a nice player and they have a nice team," Barreiro added. "I was happy with how our kids responded to their press after we settled in."
Barreiro said the Fillies are receiving contributions from a lot of players.
"That helps us to stay fresh," she said. "I thought Gracie (Stagnito) and Alison (Funk) did some nice things defensively for us as well, and Sophie (Swanson) handles the ball and creates so much offensively."
Cary Grove 38, Conant 24; The Cougars slipped to 2-5 with the nonconference loss.
Stevenson 64, Elk Grove 40: Megan Murray (12 points) and Alyssa Trausch (10) were top scorers for the visiting Grenadiers (4-4).
South Elgin 64, Schaumburg 52: Sophomore Alyssa Orozco (24 points) and junior Emma Raupp (12) led the visiting Saxons (3-5) in the nonconference game.