Class 3A Girls Basketball

In the 2016 Class 3A Girls State Basketball Tournament, Morton High School's Tenley Dowell jumped into the arms of teammate Brandi Bisping as they celebrated a 58-41 title game victory over Chicago North Lawndale at Redbird Arena.

Friday's Class 3A semifinals

No. 3 Morton (31-3) vs. No. 4 Nazareth Academy (31-3)

When and where: 11 a.m., Redbird Arena

Live TV coverage: NBC Sports Chicago.

Morton starters: Tenley Dowell, G, 6-0, Sr. (15.4 ppg); Lindsey Dullard, G, 6-1, Jr. (11.6 ppg); Katie Krupa, F, 6-1, Fr. (8.6 ppg); Courtney Jones, G, 5-8, Jr. (5.4 ppg); Peyton Dearing, G, 5-4, Jr. (3.7 ppg).

Nazareth starters: Annie Stritzel, G, 5-11, Sr. (22.9 ppg); Kaylen Evans, G, 5-8, Jr. (10.5 ppg); Jovanna Martinucci, G, 5-6, Sr. (6.7 ppg); Sophia Cullotta, G, 5-6, Sr. (5.6 ppg); Franchesca Metz, F, 5-11, Jr. (4.6 ppg).

FYI: Morton, which is seeking its fourth state title in five years, placed third in the State Farm Holiday Classic large school division, where it lost to Union of Ryle, Ky. The Potters also lost a pair of double overtime games to Class 3A's No. 1-ranked Peoria Richwoods and Class 4A's No. 4-ranked Palatine Fremd. Morton's Tenley Dowell, an Associated Press first-team all-stater, is a Butler recruit. Lindsey Dullard, a second-team all-state pick, has committed to Alabama-Birmingham. Morton lost junior starter Maddy Becker (7.3 ppg), the coach's daughter, to a season-ending knee injury. ... Nazareth placed second last year in its only other state trip, capping a 31-3 season. The Roadrunners' losses came against Chicago Simeon, Class 4A's No. 4-ranked Chicago Young and 4A's No. 6 Lisle Benet. Nazareth's Annie Stritzel, the daughter of Coach Eddie Stritzel, is a second-team AP all-stater who has committed to Harvard. 

Coaches: Bob Becker is 477-149 in 20 years at Morton. ... Eddie Stritzel is 312-71 in 12 years overall and 76-20 in three years at Nazareth.

Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin (29-6) vs. Glenbard South (26-7)

When and where: 1 p.m., Redbird Arena

Live TV coverage: NBC Sports Chicago.

Sacred Heart-Griffin starters: Payton Vorreyer, G, 5-8, Sr. (15.0 ppg); Sophie Lowis, G, 5-8, So. (10.1 ppg); Victoria Zeigler, C, 6-1, Sr. (9.8 ppg); Maggie Gilmore, G, 5-8, Sr. (4.1 ppg); Maddie Manker, F, 5-11, Sr. (3.0 ppg).

Glenbard South starters: Maggie Bair, F, 6-3, Sr. (16.7 ppg); Lauren Cohen, G, 5-8, So. (8.9 ppg); Raquel LaPonte, G, 5-6, Jr. (4.7 ppg); Iman Sellarsw, F, 5-6, So. (4.5 ppg); Alex Wilharm, F, 5-11, So. (2.2 ppg).

FYI: Sacred Heart-Griffin, which is making its Final Four debut, defeated University High twice, once by five points and once by seven. The Cyclones upset No. 5 and previously unbeaten Charleston in the sectional semifinals, 62-60. They opened the season with a 16-point loss to Class 1A state champion Danville Schlarman. ... Glenbard South, which opened the season 3-4, placed third a year ago to finish a 30-4 campaign. The Raiders' Maggie Bair, who averages 13.8 rebounds, is a first-team AP all-stater and a Drake recruit. Glenbard South, which beat No. 9 Sterling 49-29 in the sectional semifinals, is on a 10-game winning streak.

Coaches: Steve Klunick is 121-45 in six years at Sacred Heart-Griffin. Morgan Eufrasio is 116-30 in five years overall and 97-27 in four years at Glenbard South.

Friday's Class 4A semifinals

No. 6 Lisle Benet (28-5) vs. No. 10 Chicago Mother McAuley (33-2)

When and where: 5:30 p.m., Redbird Arena

Live TV coverage: NBC Sports Chicago Plus.

Benet starters: Kendall Holmes, G, 5-11, Jr. (11.0 ppg); Brooke Schramek, F, 6-1, Jr. (9.9 ppg); Ashley Konkle, C, 6-2, Sr. (7.1 ppg); Clara Prasse, G, 5-8, Sr. (6.3 ppg); Lauren Stack, F, 6-2, Sr. (5.4 ppg).

McAuley starters: Jenna Badali, G, 5-6, Jr. (15.4 ppg); Grace Hynes, G-F, 5-9, Sr. (13.9 ppg); Lauren Ramsey, G-F, 5-10, Sr. (9.3 ppg); Hannah Swiatek, G, 5-7, Sr. (4.0 ppg); Nikki Murphy, G, 5-6, Sr. (2.8 ppg).

FYI: The 2015 and 2016 state champion, Benet is making its fourth state trip. The Redwings, 28-5 a year ago, lost to McAuley, 60-40, on Dec. 2. The only other Illinois team to beat Benet was Class 4A's No. 4-ranked Palatine Fremd. In the sectional, the Redwings eliminated No. 8 Chicago Young and No. 5 Lombard Montini. ... McAuley, which lost twice to Montini, is making its seventh state trip and first since 1997. The Mighty Macs, who were eliminated last season by Edwardsville in the Elite Eight, won the 1991 state title.

Coaches: Joe Kilbride is 151-20 in five years at Benet. ... Former Danville coach Ashley Luke Clanton is 212-145 in 12 years overall and 151-67 in seven years at McAuley.

No. 1 Maine West (33-0) vs. No. 7 Rockton Hononegah (32-4)

When and where: 7:15 p.m., Redbird Arena

Live TV coverage: NBC Sports Chicago Plus.

Maine West starters: Rachel Kent, F, 5-11, Sr. (14.2 ppg); Angela Dugalic, F, 6-4, Jr. (13.2 ppg); Dylan Van Fleet, G, 5-8, Jr. (11.4 ppg); Vanessa Reyes, F, 5-9, Sr. (6.7 ppg); Lena Albo, G, 5-8, Jr. (4.1 ppg). 

Hononegah starters: Jordan King, G, 5-11, Sr. (21.2 ppg); Hannah Malcomson, G, 5-7, Sr. (9.8 ppg); Cali Schmitz, F, 6-0, Sr. (8.3 ppg); Alison Murdoch, F, 6-0, So. (6.9 ppg); Julia Burns, G, 5-6, Jr. (5.5).

FYI: Third a year ago, Maine West is making its ninth state trip. The Warriors' 6-foot-4 Angela Dugalic, a second-team AP all-stater who averages 8.7 rebounds, is considering UCLA, Missouri, Marquette, Oregon and California. Teammate Rachel Kent, a first-team all-state pick, has committed to Saint Louis. The closest Maine West has come to losing was a 55-50 overtime decision against Evanston in the sectional final. ... First-time state qualifier Hononegah lost to Maine West, 62-39, on Dec. 28. The Lady Indians' Jordan King is a Marquette recruit and a first-team AP all-state selection. Teammate Julia Burns averages 6.3 assists. Hononegah has won 14 straight since losing to Rockford Boylan, a setback it avenged twice during its winning streak.

Coaches: Kim deMarigny is 94-5 in three years at Maine West. ... Former Mendota coach Randy Weibel is 677-264 in 31 years overall and 496-151 in 20 years at Hononegah.

— Compiled by Randy Sharer



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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