NORMAL — Morton High School's girls basketball team moved within a win of a fourth state championship in five years Friday with a 65-51 semifinal victory over Nazareth Academy in the Class 3A State Tournament at Redbird Arena.
Senior Tenley Dowell had 23 points, eight rebounds and two assists as the third-ranked Potters bounced back from a 9-2 deficit to start the game. Junior Lindsey Dullard added 17 points, five rebounds and two assists for Morton (32-3), while freshman Katie Krupa chipped in 17 points and four rebounds.
The Potters advanced to face Glenbard South in Saturday's 1 p.m. championship game. Fourth-ranked Nazareth (31-4) will play Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin for third place at 11 a.m.
Nazareth was led by Annie Stritzel with 21 points and Kaylen Evans with 19.
Glenbard South 32, SHG 27: Six-three senior star Maggie Bair totaled 16 points, 13 rebounds, three blocked shots and five steals to lead Glenbard South in the second 3A semifinal.
Lauren Cohen had eight points for the Raiders (27-7), who outscored Sacred Heart-Griffin 13-6 in the fourth quarter.
The Cyclones (29-7) were led by Payton Vorreyer's 12 points and seven rebounds.
Maine West 56, Hononegah 32: Top-ranked Maine West stayed unbeaten behind the 23 points of Dylan VanFleet in the Class 4A semifinals.
Angela Dugalic added 11 points and Vanessa Reyes 10 for the Warriors (34-0), who meet Chicago Mother McAuley for the title at 7:15 p.m. Saturday. Maine West led 23-5 after the first quarter.
Jordan King had 23 points to lead Rockton Hononegah (32-5), which faces Benet Academy for third place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Mother McAuley 48, Benet Academy 38: Jenna Badali was 15 of 17 from the free-throw line and scored 21 points as 10th-ranked Chicago Mother McAuley defeated No. 6 Benet Academy in the first 4A semifinal.
Grace Hynes added 12 points and 15 rebounds for Mother McAuley (34-2). Brooke Schramek had 13 points to pace Benet Academy (28-6).
Mother McAuley was 21 of 27 at the foul line to Benet Academy's 8 of 19 accuracy.
Heffren first-team IBCA all-state: Eureka senior Courtney Heffren was a first-team selection on the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 2A all-state team.
Pantagraph area players earning second-team honors were Central Catholic seniors Bailey Coffman and Lauren Shanks in Class 3A and Mount Pulaski senior Skylar Hayes in 1A.
Normal Community's Abby Feit was a third-team pick in 4A, while Lexington's Jayden Standish, Flanagan-Cornell's Jadyn Mitchell and Dwight's Melissa Stewart were third-team selections in 1A.
Area players receiving special mention were Ridgeview's River Rosales and Fisher's Sidney Hood in 1A, Eureka's Natalie Anderson in 2A and Normal Community's Maya Wong in 4A.