Carmel wins twice at DeKalb MLK
Carmel Catholic's girls basketball team made its trip to DeKalb for MLK tournament action worthwhile, winning a pair of games on Saturday.
Jordan Wood scored 21 points in leading the Corsairs to a 49-31 over Hinsdale Central in their first game. Emma Berg added 11 points, sinking three 3-pointers, and Grace Sullivan had 10 points.
Katie Lach's 14 points led the way as Carmel defeated Burlington Central 54-44 in a second-round game. A balanced scoring effort for the Corsairs also included 12 points from Sullivan, 11 from Wood, 9 from Kaytlyn Matz and 8 from Berg.
Carmel (15-4), the sixth seed, advances to the Final Four at DeKalb and will play No. 7 Rockford Boylan at 2:30 p.m. Monday.
The Corsairs held Burlington Central to 16 points in the second half, after allowing just 7 to Hinsdale Central in the second half.
"Our first game we had a little bit of a slow start," Carmel coach Ben Berg said. "We played a much better second half."
Libertyville 67, Prospect 46: Freshman Emily Fisher scored a season-high 17 points, Lauren Huber had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and the host Wildcats captured the nonconference game for their 12th win in a row.
Margaret Buchert and Lydia Crow also scored 13 points, and each player hit three 3-pointers. Libertyville (16-4) made nine 3s.
Lake Zurich 55, Mundelein 29: Alayna Soukup scored 18 points to lead three players in double figures, and the host Bears picked up the North Suburban Conference win.
Ella Gilbertson and Baylie Parks added 13 and 10, respectively, for Lake Zurich (11-6, 5-2).
Mundelein fell to 4-16 and 1-6 in the NSC.
Niles West 57, Warren 49: Macy Kocen scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers, for the visiting Blue Devils in their nonconference loss.
Grace Lynch added 11 points for Warren (7-15), which has lost five in a row.
Wauconda 60, Antioch 38: On Friday night, Kiley Szmajda had a career-high 27 points (two 3-pointers), 5 rebounds, 7 blocks and 3 steals, and the host Bulldogs won in Northern Lake County Conference action.
Ella Karg added 15 points (three 3s) and 5 assists for Wauconda (12-5, 5-2), Jessie Pakaski had 10 points and 6 assists, and Morgan Lung grabbed 7 rebounds.
"Huge game from Kiley," Bulldogs coach Jaime Dennis said. "She has really turned it on and has been more physical. Ella is showing more leadership and really running things on the floor well. Jessie had a nice game too. It was a good win, very proud of the girls tonight."
Avery Larson had 12 points for Antioch (7-11, 3-4).