Grayslake Central's Bullman nets career-high 33 on Senior Night
Kate Bullman knew how to celebrate Senior Night.
Grayslake Central's Illinois State-bound senior scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, as the Rams defeated visiting Grant 70-48 in the two teams' regular-season finale on Wednesday night.
The win capped a second-straight undefeated season in Northern Lake County Conference action for Grayslake Central (26-3, 14-0), which takes an 18-game winning streak into the state tournament. The Rams are the top seed in the Class 3A Crystal Lake South sectional. Senior Amanda Kocialkowski and MK Drevline added 10 points apiece for Grayslake Central. Bullman also surpassed 1,500 career points.
Grant (16-14, 8-6) was led by Jazzlyn Linbo's 14 points. Katelyn Dupree had 9 points for the Bulldogs.
Libertyville 69, Mundelein 34: Morgan Frank will have to wait one more game to become the all-time leading scorer in Mundelein girls basketball history.
Despite Frank's 17 points (three 3-pointers), the host Mustangs lost to the Wildcats, who capped a 13-1 season in the North Suburban Conference.
Lydia Crow had 17 points for Libertyville (25-4), which won its 21st game in a row. Margaret Buchert and Marianna Morrissey added 13 and 11 points, respectively, for the Wildcats, who had 10 players score.
"It was nice to finish the conference with this win," Libertyville coach Greg Pedersen said.
Frank has 1,548 career points, 1 fewer than Peggy Koehler (Class of 1984). Mundelein, the No. 15 seed in the Class 4A Palatine sectional, plays No. 18 Wheeling in a regional play-in game at Lake Zurich on Monday night.
Mundelein (7-23) finished 2-12 in the NSC.
Round Lake 56, North Chicago 50 (OT): Sophomore guard Taylor Major scored a career-high 25 points, and the visiting Panthers completed regular-season play by winning in overtime to snap a three-game losing streak.
It was just the 10th game of the season for Major, a varsity starter last season who tore her ACL late last spring. Amari Cole added 16 points for Round Lake (10-21, 6-8).
"I'm very proud of how hard our girls fought back in the fourth quarter to get us to overtime and of how they executed in overtime to get the win," Panthers coach Molly Hennig said. "Taylor has worked extremely hard to come back from her injury and to see it all come together in our final game of the regular season is very exciting."
Grayslake North 48, Lakes 37: Peyton Gerdes scored 15 of her 16 points in the second half, and the visiting Knights wrapped up regular-season play with the Northern Lake County Conference win.
"I was happy that we followed the game plan in the second half to work the ball inside," Grayslake North coach Roger Lass said. "We tried something new against their zone, and the girls ran it to perfection."
Meghan Leahy added 9 points for Grayslake North (10-20, 5-9), which won the second time in a row.
Rosie Tekampe had 14 points for Lakes (5-22, 4-10), and Kendall Phelan had 7.
Wauconda 66, Antioch 45: Ella Karg scored a career-high 27 points for the visiting Bulldogs in the Northern Lake County Conference finale.
Kiley Szmajda added 20 for Wauconda (19-6, 11-3).
"It was an outstanding team effort tonight," Bulldogs coach Jaime Dennis said. "I am extremely proud of the way the girls played on both ends of the floor. We had 21 assists and 22 steals. Although Ella and Kylie were the point leaders, so many others impacted the game in other ways that made a huge difference. Maddie Sinnott stepped into a starting role tonight in Mackenzie's (Arden) absence and did great. She had active hands, tipping everything, and was aggressive to the ball on the boards. Very pleased with her play tonight. It was a nice way to end the regular season."
Stevenson 63, Waukegan 34: Avery King scored 19 points, and the host Patriots won on Senior Night to improve to 24-7 and finish 10-4 in the North Suburban Conference.
Ava Bardic (15 points) and Simone Sawyer (12) also scored in double figures for Stevenson, which honored seniors King and Nikki Kolz.
Vernon Hills 63, Niles West 35: On Tuesday night, the visiting Cougars won the Central Suburban League crossover, as Alexa Cieslinski scored 14 points.
Lauren Shores added 11 for Vernon Hills (17-10).
"A lot of kids contributed on both ends," Cougars coach Paul Brettner said. "Great team win."