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Balanced Regina rolls past Gordon Tech

02/19/2014, 1:30am CST
By Eric Van Dril | For Sun-Times Media | @VanDrilSports

Junior guard Maeve Degnan led the way with a team-high 14 points Tuesday as Regina pulled away from host Gordon Tech for a 54-32 Class 3A regional semifinal victory.

Regina 54, Gordon Tech 32

THE SKINNY

The Regina girls basketball team pulled away from ninth-seed Gordon Tech in the second half of the Class 3A Gordon Tech Regional semifinal on Tuesday night. The Panthers, the No. 8 seed in the Ridgewood Sectional, advanced to play top-seed Vernon Hills at 7 p.m. Friday. The Cougars beat No. 17 Senn 65-5 in the first semifinal of the evening, and they ended Regina's season in the Vernon Hills Sectional final a year ago.

TURNING POINT

Regina junior forward Maggie Palmer hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Panthers a 26-17 advantage at halftime, and that momentum carried over to the third quarter. Regina (17-10) stretched its lead to 38-25 by the end of the third quarter by committing fewer turnovers — the Panthers turned the ball over 18 times in the game, but just once in the third quarter — and limiting Gordon Tech's offense.

THE STARS

Regina had several players perform well. Junior guard Maeve Degnan led the team in scoring with 14 points and she grabbed six rebounds. Senior forward Erin French had 10 points and a team-best nine rebounds. Freshman point guard Colleen Palmer scored five points, snared eight rebounds, made six steals and had three blocks.

BY THE NUMBERS

Sophomore guard Kaitlyn Velazquez led Gordon Tech (18-11) with 10 points, and senior guard Jillian Conneely finished her high school career with eight points and a team-high six rebounds.

QUOTABLE

“I think just playing hard. Obviously they're a bigger team than us, height-wise and everything like that. I think boxing out and crashing the boards really hard, and being able to run the floor and get it out fast is probably going to be the key.” — Maggie Palmer on what Regina needs to do to stay competitive with Vernon Hills

Regina 54, Gordon Tech 32

THE SKINNY

Regina pulled away from host Gordon Tech, the No. 9 seed, in the second half of a Class 3A regional semifinal on Tuesday night. The Panthers, the No. 8 seed in the Ridgewood Sectional, advanced to play No. 1 seed Vernon Hills at 7 p.m. Friday. The Cougars, which beat No. 17 seed Senn 65-5 in the first semifinal, ended Regina’s season in the Vernon Hills Sectional final a year ago.

TURNING POINT

Regina junior forward Maggie Palmer hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Panthers a 26-17 advantage at halftime, and that momentum carried over to the third quarter. Regina (17-10) stretched its lead to 38-25 by the end of the third quarter by committing fewer turnovers — the Panthers committed 18 turnovers in the game, but just one in the third quarter — and limiting Gordon Tech’s offense.

THE STARS

Regina had several players perform well. Junior guard Maeve Degnan led the team in scoring with 14 points and grabbed six rebounds. Senior forward Erin French had 10 points and a team-best nine rebounds. Freshman point guard Colleen Palmer finished with five points, eight rebounds, six steals and three blocks.

BY THE NUMBERS

Sophomore guard Kaitlyn Velazquez led Gordon Tech (18-11) with 10 points, and senior guard Jillian Conneely finished her high school career with eight points and a team-high six rebounds.

QUOTABLE

“I think just playing hard. Obviously they’re a bigger team than us, height wise and everything like that. I think boxing out and crashing the boards really hard, and being able to run the floor and get it out fast is probably going to be the key.” — Palmer, on what Regina needs to do to stay competitive with Vernon Hills.

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