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Rolling Meadows knocks off rivals, wins sectional title

02/27/2014, 10:56pm CST
By Phil Brozynski

Alexis Glasgow, a 5-foot-11 Northwestern recruit, scored five of Rolling Meadows’ nine points in overtime and Jackie Kemph made two free throws with 11.7 seconds remaining as the Mustangs defeated Fremd 57-53 at the Class 4A Barrington Sectional.

Alexis Glasgow had a game to forget when Rolling Meadows and Fremd played for the Mid-Suburban League championship two weeks ago.

Thursday, she had a game to remember.

Glasgow, the 5-foot-11 Northwestern recruit, scored five of Rolling Meadows’ nine points in overtime and Jackie Kemph made two free throws with 11.7 seconds remaining as the Mustangs defeated Fremd 57-53 at the Class 4A Barrington Sectional.

Rolling Meadows (27-4) will play New Trier (28-4) Monday at the Hoffman Estates supersectional.

Glasgow scored only two points in the earlier loss at Fremd. Thursday, she hit from distance and attacked the basket. He three-pointer with 2:54 remaining in regulation tied the game at 44, and her drive along the right baseline gave the Mustangs a 52-50 lead with 2:03 left in overtime.

About the only thing that didn’t go her way came at the end of the third quarter when an official waved off her buzzer-beating, off-balance 18-footer at the horn.

“I don’t know about that one,” she said. “I thought I had it off. I guess I’m a little biased. It would have given us a little bit more of a lead, but I guess it was meant to happen. I’m just overjoyed that we have practice tomorrow. I love playing with these girls.”

Fremd's 6-foot junior Haley Gorecki and sophomore Brianna Lewis took turns frustrating the Rolling Meadows defense. Lewis’ drive and dish to Bryana Hopkins gave Fremd a 38-35 lead early in the fourth quarter, and Gorecki’s hard drive to the basket tied the game at 48-48 with 31.6 seconds left in regulation.

“She’s awesome,” Jackie Kemph said of Gorecki. “She’s an incredible player. I got to play with her in AAU. I knew going against her would be incredibly difficult. I think she had an awesome game. But Alexis (Glasgow) in overtime was just ridiculous.”

Gorecki’s final points of the evening, two free throws with 1:53 remaining, tied the game at 52-52. Glasgow converted a free throw 13 seconds later, then added two more after she outfought Fremd sophomore Bryana Hopkins for a rebound with 53.8 remaining.

Down 55-52, Fremd had a couple of chances to tie from beyond the arc but could not convert. Kemph’s two free throws with 11.7 seconds left sealed it.

“There are a ton of calls both ways and coaches are fighting for everything they can, but what it comes down to is that there are awesome players on the court,” Rolling Meadows coach Ryan Kirkorsky said. “It’s the kids. It’s a players’ game and the kids made plays.

“We had to adjust a couple of things from the last game,” he added. “You’re not going to fastbreak against Fremd and win a game in the sectional finals. You have to come down, execute and get the ball to the right kids in the right spots. I think we did that in the second half.”

Kemph finished with 20 points for Rolling Meadows, Ashley Montanez added seven and Jenny Vliet had five points and 10 rebounds.

Gorecki led Fremd (27-4) with 21 points, Lewis had 12 and Hannah LaBarge made three three-pointers.

“We went toe-to-toe with them for 34 minutes and 30 seconds,” Fremd coach Dave Yates said. “Sometimes there’s a little bit of luck involved in the state tournament. The bad part of it for us is that one of the best groups ever to run through Rolling Meadows happened to be a mile and a half away.

“Regardless of this outcome, I think were one of the best teams in the state,” he added. “The way the thing rolls, the way it works out, not all the best teams get downstate.”

 

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