Rolling Meadows’ Alexis Glasgow has been waiting a long time to get back on the court.
“It was just a whirlwind of people coming at you saying you did wrong, calling me overrated, calling the team overrated,” said Glasgow, who had just two points in the Mustangs’ loss to Fremd in the Mid-Suburban League title game last Wednesday.
“We’ve been pounding on each other in practice,” she added. “It was great just getting out there again. I think we played really, really hard tonight. One of the bigger issues from the Fremd game was they just wanted it more than us, and we definitely can’t have that lapse again.”
Tuesday against Lake Zurich in a Rolling Meadows Class 4A regional semifinal, there was no lapse by Glasgow and the Mustangs. The 5-foot-11 senior scored 20 points, which included a pair of three-pointers and a variety of mid-range jumpers, as the Mustangs defeated Lake Zurich 64-22.
“I think we’ve lost every game that we’ve wanted to win this year, every big game on the schedule we’ve lost," Glasgow said. “It’s disappointing. But the playoffs are all that matter. All the stuff people say doesn’t matter. Just keep winning. One game at a time, one practice at a time.”
Tuesday’s game was over quickly. Rolling Meadows scored the first 13 points of the game and led 31-4 with 2:30 remaining in the second quarter. A short jumper by Glasgow extended the lead to 46-11 with 1:45 left in the third quarter and Jackie Kemph’s final bucket of the game gave the hosts a 50-13 lead.
Kemph added 16 points, five assists and four steals and Jenny Vliet had eight points.
“I’ve seen film on Kemph where they’ve triple-teamed her in transition and still can’t stop her,” Lake Zurich coach Chris Bennett sad. “She’s going to be load in college.”
Junior Allison Trybula led Lake Zurich (8-19) led Lake Zurich with five points, junior Rachel Dawson added four points and sophomore Elly Daleske had four points and nine rebounds.
“We tried to be patient on offense,” Bennett said. “The textbook says you hold the ball and you play good defense. They’re hard to defend. I thought we battled. We’ve got a young team. I’m looking forward to coming back (next year) and getting better.”