Lake Park hands Dundee-Crown 1st loss behind Rogers' 41
Red hot. Sizzling.
Any superlative would describe the incredible game Lake Park senior guard Darrione Rogers enjoyed with 41 points in Friday night's quarterfinal game of Dundee-Crown's 37th annual Komaromy Classic against the host Chargers.
With 18 points in the first quarter including four 3-pointers, Rogers propelled the Lancers to a 28-8 lead after 8 minutes. Lake Park made 5 of its first 7 shots and scored the first 14 points of the contest.
Lake Park held off a fourth quarter surge by D-C and eventually cruised to the semifinals with a 73-63 win.
The Lancers (10-2) will tangle with Maine South at 8 p.m. Saturday with the winner advancing to Monday night's final. D-C (10-1) will take on Fenwick at 5 p.m.
Rogers, a DePaul recruit, who was 11-of-20 from the floor and 6-of-10 from 3-point range, also snared 8 rebounds and dealt out 4 assists.
"It was just an unbelievable effort by Darrione," said Lake Park coach Brian Rupp. "She got us going right away and we were able to get off to a good lead in the first quarter. We don't run a lot of set plays. We let Darrione run the show. We have a young team and she is our leader. We came out with a lot of energy, intensity and focus."
D-C coach Sarah Miller praised Rogers' effort.
"She is a great player and credit goes to her," said Miller. "We could have made it more difficult on her."
The Lancers' biggest lead of the game was 55-29 with 1:26 left in the third quarter on a trey by Rogers.
D-C refused to cave in.
With 59 seconds left in the game. Emily Oldham sank a 3-pointer to slice the Lancers' lead to 67-59.
"We knew Dundee-Crown would never quit," said Rupp. "There is a reason they are undefeated. They are a good, aggressive team. I like the way our young kids kept their poise."
Other than Rogers freshman Eleanor Helm was the only other Lancer in double digits with 10 before fouling out with 3:18 left.
Alyssa Crenshaw was outstanding in defeat for the Chargers stuffing the stat sheet with 24 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocked shots.
"Alyssa is a great player who had a great game tonight," said Miller. "She is playing with a great deal of confidence right now."
Katelyn Skibinski added 15 with 12 in the second half and Schmidt scored 11 with 9 in the fourth quarter. D-C outscored Lake Park 26-15 during the final 8 minutes.
"We think we are a great team," said Miller. "We kept fighting until the end."