The New Trier girls basketball team continued to role through its postseason opponents Monday night, pulling away from Maine West in the second half to advance to the Class 4A Maine East Sectional final Thursday. The Trevians, who are the sectional's No. 1 seed, are scheduled to play No. 2 Evanston at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Fourth-seeded Maine West (18-10) trailed 19-7 at the end of the first quarter, but it was able to cut the Trevians' lead to 21-15. New Trier went into halftime up 27-19, and then ratcheted up its defense in the third quarter. The Trevians (26-4) outscored Maine West 16-4 in the third. Trevians senior point guard Meg Neuhaus capped the stretch by draining a 3-pointer from near halfcourt at the end of the quarter.
CSL North Player of the Year Brittany Collins and CSL South Player of the Year Jeannie Boehm played against each other often Monday. Boehm's size, and the Trevians' guards ability to disrupt entry feeds with ball pressure, made it tough on the 6-foot Collins (seven points, 11 rebounds). Boehm, a 6-3 center, was able to use her height and quality post position to shoot over the Warriors' defense. She finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and five blocks.
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Maine West senior center Julia Huinker finished with a team-high eight points, but the Warriors struggled to score throughout the game. They finished 13 of 43 (30.2 percent) from the field, while the Trevians were 20 of 43 (46.5 percent) from the field.
“We basically just wanted to make every shot difficult. Brittany hasn't played a lot of kids who are [as] big [as Boehm]. We felt that if we could keep Jeannie behind and bother that shot — and if we could get some help – we could maybe have some success. The other thing, too, was we really wanted to pressure their guards and make it difficult to get it in to Brittany because once she gets it, she's hard to stop.” — New Trier coach Teri Rodgers on the Trevians' game plan against Collins