CHICAGO - Freshman Dominique White led all scorers with 20 points and iced the game with some clutch fourth-quarter free throw shooting as Walther Lutheran High School held on to defeat Dwight, 52-46, in the girls Class A Loyola University Super-Sectional Monday night.
Dwight trailed 10-8 after the first quarter and was down 21-20 at halftime before Walther Lutheran turned up the defensive pressure in the third quarter to take a 35-27 lead.
Dwight cut the lead to four points late in the final period, but could not get closer as White hit 11 of 14 from the line down the stretch to preserve the win.
"The biggest key to this game was that we couldn't handle their defensive pressure," said Dwight coach Jeff Froelich. "The effort was there, but their upcourt pressure was just too much for us."
Dwight (22-10) received 11 points from Melissa White and Angela Boundy chipped in with 10. Kelli Humbert recorded 19 rebounds for the Trojans, who were appearing in their first super-sectional.
"We had a great season," Froelich said. "The girls worked hard all year and deserved to be here tonight."
Jenna Richardson added 10 points, while Shanelle Wright pulled down eight rebounds and handed out five assists for Walther Lutheran, which will face Carthage in the Class A State Tournament quarterfinals on Friday at Redbird Arena.