Soukup leads Lake Zurich to OT win
Alayna Soukup scored 5 of her game-high 18 points in overtime, and host Lake Zurich rallied to beat Hampshire 56-51 Tuesday night in the Exam Jamm as part of the Chicagoland Invitational Showcase.
Soukup's 3-pointer with 35 seconds left in OT snapped a 51-51 tie, and Ella Gilbertson (14 points, 7 rebounds) added 2 free throws in the closing seconds to finish the scoring.
"I just didn't think when I shot," Soukup said after shooting 7 of 15 from the floor, including 3 of 5 from three-point range. "I was confident, and I was so relieved when it went in. I was open, so I shot it."
Alyssa Cork led Hampshire (4-4) in scoring with 14 points, going 4 of 5 from the arc in the first half in helping the Whip-Purs build a 34-26 lead. Lake Zurich (5-2) still trailed 39-37 after three quarters but erased its deficit in the fourth, as Soukup twice fed Margueret Spear (10 points) for 3-pointers.
Lake Zurich freshman Brooke Wahlund aided the Bears' rally by coming off the bench to contribute 5 points and 6 rebounds.
"It shows how much talent our team has that we can come back in any game," Soukup said of her team's come-from-behind effort. "We're ready for the season."
Hampshire got 9 points apiece from Kelby Bannerman (10 rebounds), Jacey Lambert and Ceili Ramirez, whose 3-pointer with 30 seconds left in the fourth forced overtime.
Grayslake North 35, Round Lake 27: The host Knights won their second game in a row to move to 3-6 and 1-2 in the Northern Lake County conference.
Jayden Curtis had a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds to lead Grayslake North.
Wauconda 56, Lakes 27: Kiley Szmajda had 13 points and 6 rebounds, and the host Bulldogs won the Northern Lake County Conference game.
Ella Karg (12 points, 5 assists) and Mackenzie Arden (10 points) also scored in double figures. Jessie Pakaski added 8 points and 8 rebounds for Wauconda (5-2, 2-1).
"It was another good team performance with a lot of people chipping in," Bulldogs coach Jaime Dennis said. "Seven people in the scoring column and points were well distributed each quarter. With 18 assists, we passed the ball well against their zone. (Rose) Tekampe's speed gave us some problems, but we were able to tighten up our help defense in the second."
Lakes fell to 1-6 and 1-2.