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NORMAL — The Peoria Richwoods High School girls basketball team opened the fourth quarter with a 16-0 scoring run to pull out a 55-46 victory over Nazareth Academy in the championship game of the Class 3A state tournament Saturday at Redbird Arena.

Trailing 41-36 heading into the final period, the Knights held Nazareth scoreless until the closing seconds to take home the school's fourth girls state title trophy and its first since 2009.

Kourtney Crane led the Knights with 19 points. Jaida McCloud, Camryn Taylor and Tianna Johnson each added 11.

McCloud also had a game-high 17 rebounds and was 7 of 8 from the free-throw line.

Richwoods, which finished with a 35-1 record, took a 42-41 lead on two free throws by McCloud with 3:16 remaining. 

Richwoods continued to build on the advantage, holding Nazareth scoreless until Jovanna Martinucci finally ended the Roadrunners' drought with 19 seconds to play and the Knights holding a 54-41 lead.

Nazareth (31-3) was led by the 18 points of Alyssa Geary, who also set a tournament record with 12 blocked shots. Annie Stritzel added 17 points.

The Knights' only loss came to Normal Community on Dec. 29 in the State Farm Holiday Classic.

Glenbard South 35, Breese Central 29: After trailing 14-13 at intermission in the lowest scoring first half in state tournament history, the Raiders grabbed a 24-20 third quarter lead and held off Breese Central in the Class 3A third-place game.

Drake recruit Maggie Bair scored 15 points for Glenbard South (30-4), which attempted only 25 shots from the floor and made 12 (48 percent).

Faye Meissner had a game-high 18 points for Breese Central (29-5).

Class 4A

Geneva 28, Montini 26: Stephanie Hart scored on a jump shot with three seconds remaining to give the Vikings a two-point win over Montini for their second straight 4A girls state title.

Geneva (31-3) held Montini scoreless in the fourth to overcome a 26-22 deficit. Montini (34-3) also led 21-15 at halftime. 

Madde Yelley scored 10 points to lead Geneva. Aaliyah Patty had a game-high 12 points for Montini.

Maine West 45, Edwardsville 41: Maine West (32-2) received 18 points from Rachel Kent and captured the 4A third-place trophy. Kate Martin scored 13 for Edwardsville (30-2).


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