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2018-19 Varsity

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Varsity Seniors

Maddie Bokich, Tina Rivera

VARSITY
VIDEO INTERVIEWS!
St. Edward game

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Maddie Bokich, Maria Rivera

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Tina Rivera, Maria Rivera

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Kendall Butler, Sarah Cernugel

Varsity game summary
Hinsdale Central 43, St. Edward 41
Saturday, Nov. 24
At Hinsdale South's Brenda Whitesell Invitational
(7th-place game)

Hinsdale Central 43, St. Edward 41

St. Edward — Duffy 1 0-1 2, M. Ellsworth 8 0-0 17, Biggins 1 0-0 2, Niehaus 2 1-2 5, Ottinger 2 0-0 6, Castro 3 0-0 6, Hicks 0 1-2 1, K. Ellsworth 0 0-0 0, O'Neill 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18 2-5 41.


Hinsdale Central — Cernugel 4 0-1 11, Bokich 2 0-0 4, Butler 4 0-0 9, T. Rivera 3 0-0 6, M. Rivera 2 2-2 6, Howell 2 0-0 5, Ward 0 2-2 2. Totals 17 4-5 43.


St. Edward 5 17 10 9 —41

Hinsdale Central 9 12 12 10 —43


3-point baskets: SE: Ottinger 2, M. Ellsworth; HC: Cernugel 3, Butler, Howell. Fouled out: None.

Saturday, Nov. 24
At Hinsdale South's
Brenda Whitesell Invite
Final round

Varsity: Hinsdale Central 43, St. Edward 41 (7th-place finish)

Sophomores: Hinsdale Central 33, Sandburg 25 (tournament champions!)

Freshmen: Sandburg 46, Hinsdale Central 8 (8th-place finish)

Brenda Whitesell Hinsdale South Invite complete Varsity results

Brenda Whitesell Hinsdale South Invite complete Sophomore results

Brenda Whitesell Hinsdale South Invite complete Freshman results

Varsity game summary
Hinsdale South 42, Hinsdale Central 31
Tuesday, Nov. 20
At Hinsdale South's Brenda Whitesell Invitational
Pool B - Final round

The game pattern continued for the Hinsdale Central girls basketball team Tuesday.
The Red Devils fell behind early and rallied late but again came up short in a 42-31 loss to District 86 rival Hinsdale South in the final round of Pool B play in Hinsdale South’s Brenda Whitesell Invitational.
Hinsdale Central (0-3) finished fourth in Pool B and will play St. Edward (0-3) at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 for seventh place. Hinsdale South (2-1) will play in the 2:30 p.m. championship against St. Ignatius.
Sarah Cernugel had 13 points and the Red Devils’ three three-pointers. Maddie Bokich had six points and four steals, Tina Rivera grabbed nine rebounds and Kendall Butler (5 rebounds) and Maria Rivera each added five points. Usual starter Maiwen Amegadjie was out of town and did not play.
The Red Devils closed to 30-21 entering the fourth quarter after scoring the final five points of the third quarter on a Cernugel three and short jumper by Bokich.
The gap was closed to 33-27 following baskets by Butler and Tina Rivera from the left of the lane with 3:49 left, but the Red Devils didn’t score again until Cernugel’s three with 46 seconds to make the score 41-31.
The Red Devils trailed 11-1 at the outset and 11-3 at the end of the first quarter. Their only points came from free throws as they missed their first 13 field-goal attempts extending into the second quarter.
Yet they closed to 15-11 midway through the second quarter after free throws from Maria Rivera and trailed 19-11 at halftime.
Hinsdale South finished in a three-way tie for first in the pool with Plainfield South and Neuqua Valley with 2-1 records. For allowing the fewest points in their three pool games, the Hornets were awarded first place. Plainfield South finished second based on its 56-51 head-to-head victory over Neuqua Tuesday.
Hinsdale South freshman point guard Kennedi Perkins had 22 points with most of her baskets coming on drives against the Red Devils’ 1-2-2 zone defense. Center Erin Adams had six points and 12 rebounds. Reserves contributed two of the Hornets’ three three-pointers.

Hinsdale South 42, Hinsdale Central 31

Hinsdale Central — Cernugel 4 2-2 13, Bokich 2 2-4 6, Butler 1 3-7 5, T. Rivera 1 0-1 2, M. Rivera 0 5-6 5, Howell 0 0-0 0, Ward 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 12-20 31.

Hinsdale South — Washington 1 0-2 3, Perkins 9 4-6 22, Koziol 0 1-2 1, Adams 2 2-2 6, Bachelor 1 0-0 2, Davis 1 0-0 3, Urbanski 1 0-0 2, McCray 0 0-0 0, Lavorato 1 0-0 3. Totals: 16 7-12 42.

Hinsdale Central 3 8 10 10 —31
Hinsdale South 11 8 11 12 —42

3-point baskets: HC: Cernugel 3; HS: Washington, Davis, Lavorato. Fouled out: None.

VIDEO INTERVIEW!
Neuqua Valley game

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Maddie Bokich, Kendall Butler

Varsity game summary
Neuqua Valley 46, Hinsdale Central 37
Saturday, Nov. 17
At Hinsdale South's Brenda Whitesell Invitational
The Hinsdale Central girls basketball team once again had many good stretches of play Saturday, but a key one in the third quarter proved to be the difference in a 46-37 loss to Neuqua Valley in the second round of Pool B play at Hinsdale South’s Brenda Whitesell Tournament.
The Red Devils (0-2) tied the game 27-27 with 5:27 left in the third quarter on Sarah Cernugel’s coast-to-coast drive after trailing 24-20 at halftime.
They scored just two points the rest of the period, however, and fell behind 39-29. Hinsdale Central closed to 41-34 with 6:15 remaining but didn’t score again until Cernugel’s second three-pointer with 13.9 seconds.
Cernugel had 13 points, followed by Kendall Butler’s eight points and seven from Maddie Bokich, which included a three. Butler also had seven rebounds, Bokich collected five steals and Maiwen Amegadji grabbed nine rebounds.
The Red Devils’ rally featured seven points on three straight possessions with Bokich’s three and a Amegadji basket off an inside pass from senior Tina Howell preceding Cernugel’s basket. They had two possessions to take the lead, committing a turnover and missing a three.
Two patterns that also affected the Red Devils were 25 turnovers (12 in second half) and the Wildcats’ 14 offensive turnovers in the second half. Neuqua also connected on five threes in the first half but just one in the second.
Neuqua senior Stephanie Bellis was invaluable off the bench with nine points on three threes after two starters had four fouls before halftime. Jada Devine eluded her foul trouble with 10 of her team-high 12 points in the second half before fouling out in the final minute.
Bellis’ two threes were the last six points for the Wildcats in the second quarter. Immediately as she re-entered in the third quarter, Bellis hit a three off an inbounds pass to break the 27-27 tie.
The Red Devils' final pool game is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday against rival Hinsdale South. Neuqua edged the Hornets 45-42 in their pool opener Thursday.

Neuqua Valley 46, Hinsdale Central 37

Neuqua Valley — Devine 2 8-14 12, Medina 0 0-0 0, Wisner 3 2-4 10, Ishman 4 1-4 10, Gallegos 1 2-2 4, Ka. Vonnahme 0 0-2 0, Heneghan 0 1-2 1, Bellis 3 0-0 9, O’Keefe 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 14-28 46.


Hinsdale Central — Cernugel 3 5-8 13, Bokich 2 2-2 7, Butler 3 2-3 8, T. Rivera 1 0-0 2, Amegadjie 1 1-4 3, Ward 0 0-0 0, M. Rivera 1 2-4 4, Howell 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 12-18 37.


Neuqua Valley 12 12 15 7 —46

Hinsdale Central 10 10 9 8 —37


3-point baskets: NV: Bellis 3, Wisner 2, Ishman; HC: Cernugel 2, Bokich. Fouled out: HC: T. Rivera, NV: Devine, Gallegos.

SEASON OPENER!
VIDEO INTERVIEW!
Plainfield South game

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Sarah Cernugel, Maiwen Amegadjie

Varsity game summary
Plainfield South 60, Hinsdale Central 48
Tuesday, Nov. 13
At Hinsdale South's Brenda Whitesell Invitational
The Hinsdale Central girls basketball team nearly turned its season opener Tuesday into a wild finish.
Trailing by 21 points late in the third quarter, the Red Devils closed to within 10 points three times in the final five minutes before falling to Plainfield South 60-48 in the Pool B play of Hinsdale South’s annual Brenda Whitesell Invitational.
Junior center Maiwen Amegadjie had a double-double in her varsity debut with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Junior Sarah Cernugel had nine points, including the team’s lone three-pointer, and four second-half steals. Junior Kendall Butler grabbed 10 rebounds, and sophomore Maria Rivera added nine points, seven in the fourth quarter.
Hinsdale Central had just seven players dressed with senior and varsity returnee Tina Rivera currently injured after turning her ankle in practice Monday. The Cougars also used all eight of their dressed players.
The Red Devils trailed 46-28 entering the fourth quarter but scored eight straight points to close to 51-41 with 4:04 left on Rivera’s bank shot driving across the lane. Junior Kendall Butler kept the possession alive by getting an earlier rebound to senior Maddie Bokich just before the ball went out of bounds.
Hinsdale Central also closed to 54-44 on free throws by Amegadjie with 1:41 left and 56-46 on Cernugel’s free throws with 1:25 remaining. The Red Devils made of 7 of 16 fourth-quarter free throws to finish 24 of 37 for the game.
The Cougars, who made 15 of 22 free throws, converted 6 of their last 8 in the final 4:08, including the first four followed by a key steal.
Plainfield South senior guard Shannon Smith and sophomore guard Fatima Syeda each had 19 points with six of her team’s nine three-pointers.
As the Red Devils rallied, each had critical threes in the fourth quarter, their team’s only field goals of the period. Smith gave the Cougars a 54-41 lead with 3:23 left. Syeda also had three threes in the third quarter, two on back-to-back possessions and the third opening a 46-25 advantage.
The Red Devils scored the game’s first five points but then went scoreless the final 4:55 of the first quarter and trailed 13-6. Two Syeda threes led Plainfield South’s 11-3 run to end the second quarter for a 29-16 halftime lead.
The Red Devils play their second of three Pool B games Saturday, Nov. 17 against Neuqua Valley at 1 p.m. Neuqua Valley edged Hinsdale South 45-42 in Pool B play Thursday.

Hinsdale Central statistics leaders
Maiwen Amegadjie: 16 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals, block
Sarah Cernugel: 14 points, 4 steals, 3 assists
Kendall Butler: 4 points, 10 rebounds
Maria Rivera 9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals
Maddie Bokich: 4 points, 4 rebounds
Anna Howell: 2 rebounds
Madison Ward: 1 point

Editor's Note: Statistics based on staff reports

Plainfield South 60, Hinsdale Central 48

Plainfield South — S. Smith 6 6-8 19, Syeda 6 1-2 19, Divinity 2 0-0 4, Harris 3 0-0 8, James 0 1-2 1, E. Smith 0 2-2 2, Mabry 1 5-8 7, Ricko 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 15-22 60.

Hinsdale Central — Cernugel 3 7-12 14, Bokich 1 2-4 4, Butler 1 2-2 4, M. Rivera 1 7-9 9, Amegadjie 6 4-6 16, Howell 0 0-2 0, Ward 0 1-2 1. Totals 12 23-37 48.

Plainfield South 13 16 17 14 —60
Hinsdale Central 6 10 12 20 —48


3-point baskets: PS: Syeda 6, Harris 2, S. Smith; HC: Cernugel. Fouled out: HC: Bokich, PS: Divinity, Harris, E. Smith.

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Montini Summer League
Video Interview!

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Seniors Maddie Bokich and Tina Rivera

Hinsdale Central
 Summer Practice

Video Interview!

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Kendall Butler and Maiwen Amegadjie

ALUMNI
VIDEO INTERVIEWS!

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Abbi Shaker, Paige Bareck

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Riley Burr, Gracie Hartzman

2017-18 season archives

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End of season
Video interviews

Claire Lozier, Chinaza Nwampka Alex Hughes

Reilly Revord, Cassie Kruse

Class 4A St. Ignatius Regional semifinals
(4) Kenwood Academy 64, (13) Hinsdale Central 37
Tuesday, February 13

Game recap

Postgame interview with

coach Karen Persinger
 

Q: What do you hope the girls take from this season? Many of them didn’t get a chance to play much for the varsity last season.

Persinger: "I hope that they had a great experience. I hope they loved every minute because I really loved getting the opportunity to coach them."

Q: After Kenwood took control early, the Red Devils closed to 16-10 but then only scored once in the next 13 possessions. It seemed like that was the chance to get back into the game.

Persinger: "It was the chance early. They gave us a good, solid punch there to start. We staggered but then we stood up. The kids responded and got back in it and I was extremely proud of them."

Q: Trailing 22-15, the team was working for perhaps for the last shot before halftime, missed and Kenwood came back with a last-second driving basket. That four- or five-point swing also hurt.


Persinger: "I felt like that bucket we gave up at the end (of the half) where I felt like there were some extra steps involved, instead of being down six we were down eight and if we get one of those baskets to go (earlier we’re even closer). We had a lot of good looks that just touched a lot of rim and didn’t find the bottom of the net. That’s kind of been our story a little bit this year is finding that big basket when we needed it. It wasn’t so much about not getting the shots. The opportunities we got, we just sort of couldn’t seem to get a ball to bounce our way. We tipped it and then it went right to a kid who was able to get a layup. That’s sort of just kind of how things were going for us tonight. (Our players) didn’t quit. They kept fighting. I kept pushing and they keep giving me everything and more. It just wasn’t enough."

Game recap

The Hinsdale Central girls basketball team’s season ended Tuesday with an all-too familiar scenario.
The Red Devils faced an early deficit, battled their way back but then were unable to get over the hump in losing to area-ranked Kenwood Academy 64-37 in the semifinals of the Class 4A St. Ignatius Regional in Chicago.
Hinsdale Central, the No. 13 seed in the Proviso West Sectional, finishes with a 10-19 record.
The Red Devils graduate eight seniors – starters, Alex Hughes, Claire Lozier, Cassie Kruse and Reilly Record, Chinaza Nwankpa, Abby Howell, Morgan McLaughlin and Katie Porter, who was sidelined for the postseason by a stress fracture. Hughes, Lozier and Nwankpa were team captains.
The Red Devils trailed 12-2 after the first 3 1/2 minutes but closed to 18-13 in the second quarter before the No. 4-seeded Broncos (26-5) unleashed a 28-point third quarter to pull away.
Hughes (8 points, 7 rebounds), Lozier (7 points, 2 steals), Nwankpa (6 points), freshman Molly Sheehan (5 points), Revord (4 points, 5 rebounds) and Howell and junior Tina Rivera (3 points each) were among the top contributors. Lozier, Sheehan and Howell each had three-pointers.
The Broncos had three starters in double figures – senior Jonaie Johnson (15 points), 6-foot-3 junior Tamara Nard (14 points, 3 blocks) and senior Shadrian McDaniel (11 points). Senior point guard Shania Jackson added eight points and five assists.
Johnson will play NCAA Division I basketball for Missouri-Kansas City, where Nard also has made a verbal commitment.
With threes by Lozier and Howell on back-to-back possessions, the Red Devils closed to 16-10 in the final minute of the first quarter but then scored just once on their next 13 possessions. Still, that three by Brennan cut the deficit to 18-13 with 5:48 left until halftime. The Red Devils closed to 22-15 after Sheehan free throws and were playing for the final shot of the first half when the Broncos stole the ball with 10 seconds left, Jackson drove the lane and shot and Johnson scored off the late putback for a 24-15 advantage. Kenwood then scored baskets on eight of its first 10 possessions of the third quarter to extend the lead to 44-19.
In Thursday’s regional final, Kenwood will play No. 5 St. Ignatius (20-8), a 42-23 winner over No. 12 Riverside-Brookfield. Kenwood won at St. Ignatius 52-43 Feb. 7 in their annual regular-season meeting.

Hinsdale Central statistics leaders

Alex Hughes: 8 points, 7 rebounds
Claire Lozier: 7 points, 2 steals
Chinaza Nwankpa: 6 points, 3 rebounds
Molly Sheehan: 5 points, 2 assists
Reilly Revord: 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals
Cassie Kruse: 3 rebounds
Abby Howell: 3 points 
Tina Rivera: 3 points


Editor's Note: Statistics based on staff reports

Game recap

Kenwood Academy 64, Hinsdale Central 37

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 1 2-2 5, Revord 1 2-2 4, Hughes 3 2-2 8, Lozier 2 2-4 7, Kruse 0 0-0 0, Nwankpa 1 4-4 6, Howell 1 0-0 3, Cerungel 0 0-0 0, Rivera 1 1-2 3, McLaughlin 0 1-2 1, Bokich 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 14-18 37.

Kenwood — Jackson 4 0-0 8, Franklin 2 0-1 4, McDaniel 4 2-2 11, Johnson 7 0-0 15, Nard 7 0-4 14, Wellere 0 0-0 0, D. Dixon 1 0-0 2, Maxwell 0 0-0 0, Grady 2 0-0 6, Green 2 0-0 4, T. Dixon 0 0-0 0, Brooks 0 0-0 0. Totals 29 2-7 64.

Hinsdale Central 10 5 8 14 —37
Kenwood 16 8 28 12 —64

3-point baskets: HC: Sheehan, Lozier, Howell; K: Grady 2, McDaniel, Johnson. Fouled out: K: Franklin

Video interview!

Morgan McLaughlin, Claire Lozier, Alex Hughes

Class 4A St. Ignatius Regional quarterfinals
(13) Hinsdale Central 65, (20) Curie 14
Monday, February 12

Game recap

The Hinsdale Central girls basketball team started its run in the Class 4A state tournament Monday with several double-digits scoring runs.
The Red Devils rolled past Curie 65-14 in the opening round of the St. Ignatius Regional.
Hinsdale Central (10-18), the No. 13 seed in the Proviso West Sectional, advanced to Tuesday’s 6 p.m. regional semifinals against No. 4 and area-rated Kenwood Academy (25-5). This season, the Broncos reached the Chicago Public Schools Tournament championship game for the first time before losing to area-ranked Simeon for the second time this season.
Senior Alex Hughes had 13 points, eight rebounds and five of the Red Devils’ 22 steals.
Senior Claire Lozier added 11 points and four steals, three of them resulting in breakaway layups, followed by freshman Molly Sheehan (9 points on 3 three-pointers), junior reserve Tina Rivera’s (8 points) and senior Cassie Kruse (7 points, 9 rebounds). Hughes and seniors Morgan McLaughlin and Abby Howell also hit threes.
Reilly Revord’s last-second shot in the first quarter off a pass by Sarah Cernugel gave the Red Devils a 14-7 lead and initiated a 10-0 run for a 22-7 lead with 3:35 left until halftime. Hughes and Lozier split the other eight points.
After No. 20 Curie (8-9) scored the first basket of the third quarter, the Red Devils collected the next 15 points to pull ahead 42-12. The Red Devils also outscored the Condors 18-0 in the fourth quarter.


Hinsdale Central statistics leaders
Alex Hughes: 13 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals
Claire Lozier: 11 points, 4 steals, 2 assists

Molly Sheehan: 9 points with 3 three-pointers, 3 steals
Cassie Kruse: 7 points, 9 rebounds
Tina Rivera: 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals
Reilly Revord: 4 points, 3 steals
Abby Howell: 4 points, 5 rebounds
Chinaza Nwankpa: 4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals

Morgan McLaughlin: 3 points, 2 assists
Maddy Bokich: 2 points, 2 rebounds

Editor's Note: Statistics based on staff reports

Game recap

Hinsdale Central 65, Curie 14

Curie — Flores 1 0-0 2, King 0 0-0 0, Mallet 0 0-0 0, Hasan 0 0-0 0, Elverton 3 0-0 7, McMorris 0 0-0 0, Reyes 1 0-0 3, Serrano 1 0-0 2, Dondiego 0 0-0 0, Martinez 0 0-0 0, Lopez 0 0-0 0, Alvarez 0 0-0 0. Totals 6 0-0 14.

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 3 0-0 9, Revord 2 0-0 4, Hughes 6 0-0 13, Lozier 4 3-4 11, Kruse 3 1-2 7, Nwankpa 1 2-4 4, Howell 1 1-2 4, Rivera 2 4-4 8, Cernugel 0 0-0 0, McLaughlin 1 0-0 3, Bokich 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 11-16 65.

Curie 7 3 4 0 —14

Hinsdale Central 14 13 20 18 —65

3-point baskets: C: Everton, Reyes; HC: Sheehan 3, Hughes, Howell, McLaughlin. Fouled out: None

Varsity game summary
Lyons Township 52, At Hinsdale Central 30
Friday, February 2

Game recap

Lyons Township 52, Hinsdale Central 30

Lyons Township — T. Elliott 0 2-3 2, Bugaieski 7 2-2 20, Nutter 2 0-0 4, Lee 3 0-1 7, Fink 1 2-4 4, Allen 3 1-2 7, Reynolds 0 2-2 2, Courier 1 0-0 2, Carlson 1 0-0 2, Hahn 1 0-0 2, J. Elliott 0 0-2 0, Kessler 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 9-16 52.

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 1 2-2 4, Revord 1 0-0 2, Hughes 1 4-6 6, Lozier 1 4-4 6, Kruse 0 0-0 0, Porter 0 0-0 0, Nwankpa 1 1-2 3, Cernugel 1 0-0 3, Rivera 1 2-2 4, Howell 0 0-0 0, McLaughlin 0 0-0 0, Bokich 1 0-1 2. Totals 8 13-17 30.

Lyons Township 17 11 6 18 —52

Hinsdale Central 10 9 4 7 —30

3-point baskets: LT: Bugaieski 4, Lee; HC: Cernugel. Fouled out: None

Tuesday, Jan. 30
At Glenbard West

Varsity: Glenbard West 69, Hinsdale Central 44
Sophomores: Glenbard West 38, Hinsdale Central 26
Freshman A: Hinsdale Central 35, Glenbard West 33
Freshman B: Glenbard West 24, Hinsdale Central 17
Varsity game summary
At Glenbard West 69, Hinsdale Central 44
Tuesday, January 30

Game recap

Glenbard West 69, Hinsdale Central 44

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 5 2-2 13, Revord 0 0-0 0, Hughes 1 1-3 3, Lozier 3 1-2 7, Kruse 2 1-2 5, Nwankpa 1 2-2 4, Porter 0 0-0 0, Howell 3 0-0 8, Rivera 2 0-0 4, McLaughlin 0 0-0 0, Bokich 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 7-10 44.

Glenbard West — Kruse 8 0-0 20, Heller 4 0-0 10, Harris 2 0-0 6, Thomas 5 0-0 10, Huff 1 0-0 2, Adamski 2 4-4 8, Stutelberg 1 0-0 3, L. Soane 1 0-0 2, A. Soane 1 0-0 3, O'Shea 1 0-0 3, Shellark 1 0-2 2. Totals 27 4-6 69.

Hinsdale Central 9 10 16 9  —44

Glenbard West 21 9 22 17  —69

3-point baskets: HC: Sheehan 3, Powell 2; GW: Kruse 4, Heller 2, Harris 2, Stutelberg, A. Soane, O'Shea. Fouled out: None.

SENIOR NIGHT
VIDEO INTERVIEWS!

Abby Howell, Claire Lozier, Alex Hughes

Reilly Revord, Molly Sheehan, Cassie Kruse

Thursday, Jan. 25
SENIOR NIGHT

Varsity: Hinsdale Central 62, Proviso West 49
Sophomores: Hinsdale Central 55, Proviso West 24
Freshman A: Hinsdale Central 32, Proviso West 12
Freshman B: Proviso West 24, Hinsdale Central 18

Game recap

On Senior Night, the Hinsdale Central girls basketball team rose to the occasion with perhaps the best eight-minute stretch of the season.
The Red Devils rolled to a 62-49 West Suburban Conference Silver Division victory over Proviso West Jan. 25 behind a 28-6 run between the third and fourth quarters that turned a 25-20 deficit with 5:37 left in the third quarter into a 48-31 advantage with 6:11 remaining.
Senior Claire Lozier scored a career-high 22 points with four three-pointers.
Senior reserve Chinaza Nwankpa (12 points, 9 rebounds) was a huge inside force in the second half. Freshman Molly Sheehan (10 points with 2 threes) also scored in double figures, senior Cassie Kruse had 10 rebounds with six points and senior Alex Hughes had seven points.
All eight seniors among the Red Devils’ 11 varsity players saw action starting in the first half – Lozier, Kruse, Hughes, Reilly Revord, Nwankpa, Abby Howell and Morgan McLaughlin.
The Red Devils (8-16, 2-8 in Silver) zipped to an 11-0 lead and had 13-1 and 15-3 leads at the outset of the second quarter.
But Proviso West, winless in Silver play, soon overcame missing its first 11 shots by ending the first half 8 of 13 to tie the game 20-20 by halftime. The Panthers then scored the first five points of the third quarter.
Then came the Red Devils’ run.
They scored on 13 of their next 16 possessions, including threes by Lozier, Powell and Sheehan and a conventional three-point play by Nwankpa.
Sheehan’s three also completed a 9-0 run to begin the fourth quarter. The Panthers never again got closer than 11 points.
Lozier hit 8 of 15 shots for the game and two free throws with 1:30 left to surpass her previous best of 19 points. Nwankpa had 10 points in the second half, including two baskets off putbacks of her own missed shots.

Hinsdale Central statistics leaders
Claire Lozier: 22 points with 4 three-pointers on 8 for 15 shooting, 5 rebounds, 3 steals
Chinaza Nwankpa: 12 points with 10 in second half, 9 rebounds
Molly Sheehan: 10 points with 2 three-pointers, 6 rebounds, 2 assists
Cassie Kruse: 6 points, 10 rebounds
Alex Hughes: 7 points with 5 for 6 free-throw shooting, 5 rebounds

Reilly Revord: 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals
Abby Howell: 3 points
Katie Porter: 3 assists


Editor's Note: Statistics based on staff reports

Game recap

Hinsdale Central 62, Proviso West 49

Proviso West — Dunlap 5 4-5 14, Byrdlong 2 1-1 6, Simmons-Doxie 5 1-2 13, Anderson 5 0-0 10, Moore 0 0-0 0, Smith 1 0-0 3, Stanciel 1 0-0 3, Daniels 0 0-0 0, Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 6-8 49.

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 3 2-4 10, Revord 1 0-0 2, Hughes 1 5-6 7, Lozier 8 2-2 22, Kruse 3 0-2 6, Porter 0 0-0 0, Nwankpa 4 4-7 12, Howell 1 0-0 3, McLaughlin 0 0-0 0, Rivera 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 13-21 62.

Proviso West 1 19 11 18  —49

Hinsdale Central 11 9 18 24  —62

3-point baskets: PW: Simmons-Doxie 2, Byrdlong, Smith, Stanciel; HC: Lozier 4, Sheehan 2, Howell. Fouled out: None.

Varsity game summary
Oak Park-River Forest 59, Hinsdale Central 46
Saturday, Jan. 20

Game recap

In its third meeting this season with Oak Park-River Forest on Saturday, Jan. 20, the Hinsdale Central girls basketball team nearly prevailed.
The Red Devils closed to within four points in the final four minutes before losing the West Suburban Conference Silver Division meeting 59-46 in Hinsdale.
Hinsdale Central (7-16, 1-8 in Silver) entered the fourth quarter trailing 44-31 but closed to 46-42 with 3:53 remaining as Reilly Revord took a pass on the move from Molly Sheehan and banked in a shot from the right of the lane.
OPRF (12-13, 6-3) then got the benefit of a 50-50 call on the ensuing possession and rolled with it. Senior Carrington McGowan took an inside pass to the right of the basket and converted a three-point play after a foul was called on Revord with her back to McGowan.
The Red Devils then missed two shots and committed a turnover on their next two possessions while baskets by the Huskies’ Joi Holman and Cici Garland opened a 53-42 lead with 2:24 remaining.
Sheehan finished with 18 points, including five three-pointers. Cassie Kruse had 10 points, Claire Lozier seven and Revord five. Kruse and Revord each had four points in the fourth quarter.
The Red Devils also were hampered by making just 15 of 30 free throws compared with 15 of 26 by OPRF. They were 4 of 10 in the second quarter, 4 of 7 in the fourth quarter, including a one-and-bonus attempt, and first quarter, and 3 of 6 in the third.
In a four-day stretch, OPRF earlier beat the Red Devils 55-45 Nov. 28 in Oak Park and 57-42 in the third-place game at Hinsdale South’s Brenda Whitesell Invitational Nov. 25.
On Saturday, junior Ahsha Spencer had 19 points and Holman had 11 with three of the Huskies’ six threes. The Huskies played without Darse Sanchez and Amaya Coleman, who scored between eight and 12 points in each of the first two meetings.

Game recap

Oak Park-River Forest 59, Hinsdale Central 46

Oak Park-River Forest — Holman 4 0-0 11, Garland 4 1-4 9, Spencer 4 10-15 19, Carrington 2 2-2 6, Nelson 1 2-2 5, Smith 4 0-2 9, Williams 0 0-0 0, Underhill 0 0-0 0, Failor 0 0-0 0, Cozette 0 0-0 0, Guarino 0 0-0 0, Covington 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 15-26 59. 

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 6 1-5 18, Revord 2 1-2 5, Hughes 1 1-2 3, Lozier 1 5-8 7, Kruse 3 4-5 10, Nwankpa 0 2-6 2, Porter 0 0-0 0, Howell 0 1-2 1, Rivera 0 0-0 0, McLaughlin 0 0-0 0, Bokich 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 15-30 46.

Oak Park-River Forest 15 16 13 15 —59

Hinsdale Central 13 7 11 15 —46


3-point baskets: HC: Sheehan 5; OPRF: Holman 3, Spencer, Nelson, Smith. Fouled out: HC: Revord

Varsity game summary
Benet Academy 54, Hinsdale Central 37
Thursday, Jan. 18

Benet Academy 54, Hinsdale Central 37

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 2 1-2 6, Revord 3 0-0 7, Hughes 2 3-3 7, Lozier 3 3-5 9, Kruse 1 0-2 2, Nwankpa 0 0-0 0, Porter 0 0-0 0, Howell 1 0-0 2, Rivera 1 0-0 2, McLaughlin 0 0-0 0, Bokich 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 7-12 37.

Benet Academy — Malonga 5 0-2 13, Schramak 3 3-6 11, Van Eekeren 0 0-0 0, Prasse 0 0-0 0, Fuller 0 0-0 0, Stack 4 0-0 8, Earley 0 0-0 0, Rogers 3 0-2 7, Konkle 3 0-0 2, Holmes 2 0-0 5, Berry 0 0-0 0, Forney 1 0-0 2, L. Moriarty 1 0-0 2, K. Moriarty 0 0-0 0, Liszka 0 0-0 0, Spahn 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 3-7 54.

Hinsdale Central 10 6 5 16 —37

Benet Academy 15 10 17 12 —54

3-point baskets: HC: Sheehan, Revord; B: Malonga 3, Schramak 2, Rogers, Holmes. Fouled out: None.

DeKalb's Martin Luther King, Jr. Tournament
Saturday Jan. 13 and Monday Jan. 15

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VIDEO INTERVIEW!

Claire Lozier, Alex Hughes, Chinaza Nwankpa

Game recap

Huntley 37, Hinsdale Central 34

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 2 0-0 4, Revord 0 0-0 0, Hughes 2 3-4 7, Lozier 3 2-2 10, Kruse 2 0-0 4, Nwankpa 1 3-3 5, Porter 1 0-0 3, Rivera 0 0-0 0, Howell 0 1-2 1, McLaughlin 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 9-11 34. 

Huntley — Sang 1 3-4 6, Moffett 2 2-2 7, Nwogo 3 1-2 7, Radermacher 3 3-6 9, Bigorm 0 1-2 1, Wash 3 1-2 7, Novak 0 0-1 0. Totals 12 11-19 37.


Hinsdale Central 2 7 17 8 —34


Huntley 9 13 5 10 —37

3-point baskets: HC: Lozier 2, Porter; H: Sang, Moffett. Fouled out: HC: Lozier

Game recap

Belvidere North 45, Hinsdale Central 36

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 5 5-7 18, Revord 0 0-0 0, Hughes 2 2-3 6, Lozier 1 0-1 2, Kruse 3 0-0 6, Nwankpa 2 0-2 4, Porter 0 0-0 0, Rivera 0 0-2 0, Howell 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 7-15 36. 

Belvidere North — McNulty 1 0-2 2, Flynn 3 2-5 8, Diercks 6 6-9 20, Lake 2 2-4 6, Smith 3 1-2 7, Horgan 1 0-1 2, Rieckus 0 0-0 0, Mancini 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 11-23 45.


Hinsdale Central 11 4 10 11 —36


Belvidere North 12 8 14 11 —45

3-point baskets: HC: Sheehan 3; BN: Diercks 2. Fouled out: HC: Lozier

Game recap

Hinsdale Central 58, Rockford Lutheran 57

Hinsdale Central -- Sheehan 3 0-0 8, Revord 1 0-0 2, Hughes 6 4-4 17, Lozier 6 3-3 15, Nwankpa 2 1-2 5, Porter 1 0-0 3, Rivera 2 2-2 6, Howell 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 10-11 58. 

Rockford Lutheran -- Davis 5 2-4 14, Guse 0 0-0 0, Warneke 2 0-0 5, Storr 10 3-6 23, Kruckenberg 3 0-1 7, Lepke 1 2-2 5, Spangler 1 1-2 3. Totals 22 8-15 57.


Hinsdale Central 15 16 12 15--58


Rockford Lutheran 15 13 14 15 --57

3-point baskets: HC: Sheehan 2, Hughes, Porter. RL: Davis 2, Warneke, Kruckenberg, Lepke. Fouled out: None.

Game recap

Rockford Boylan 50, Hinsdale Central 28

Hinsdale Central -- Sheehan 1 0-0 2, Revord 2 0-0 6, Hughes 0 5-6 5, Lozier 4 0-0 9, Kruse 1 0-0 2, Nwankpa 2 0-0 4, Porter 0 0-0 0, Rivera 0 0-0 0, Howell 0 0-0 0, McLaughlin 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 5-6 28. 

Boylan -- Reyes 5 0-0 11, Schiro 0 0-0 0, Brown 6 1-4 16, Kennedy 2 0-0 6, Stoll 4 1-1 9, Hilby 0 0-0 0, Bishop 1 0-0 2, Heimer 1 1-1 3, Horgan 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 3-6 50.


Hinsdale Central 9 7 7 5 --28


Boylan 12 10 18 10 --50

3-point baskets: HC: Revord 2. B: Brown. Fouled out: None.

At Martin Luther King, Jr. Tournament
At DeKalb High School
12th place

Saturday, January 13
(1) Boylan 50, Hinsdale Central 28
Hinsdale Central 58, (8) Rockford Lutheran 57

Monday, January 15
Belvidere North 45, Hinsdale Central 36 (consolation semifinals)
Huntley 37, Hinsdale Central 34 (11th-place game)
Top eight seeds: 1. Rockford Boylan, 2. Rock Island, 3. Lincoln-Way East, 4. Maine South, 5. Plainfield East, 6. Johnsburg, 7. Burlington Central, 8. Rockford Lutheran

Updated DeKalb MLK Tournament bracket

Bracket: 5th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tournament at DeKalb

Glenbard West 54, At Hinsdale Central 48
Friday, Jan. 5

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VIDEO INTERVIEW!

Claire Lozier, Alex Hughes

Game recap

The Hinsdale Central varsity girls basketball team turned in another strong effort Friday, Jan. 5, and nearly pulled off its sweetest victory to date.
The Red Devils lost to West Suburban Conference Silver Division tri-leader Glenbard West 54-48 in Hinsdale after trailing by two points much of the fourth quarter.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak by the Red Devils (6-9, 1-5 in Silver), their first of the season.
Glenbard West (14-3, 5-1), which entered Friday tied for first in the Silver with Lyons Township and York, has won 10 straight since losing to LT 44-43 Dec. 2, including the Riverside-Brookfield Holiday Classic title 35-18 over York Dec. 30.
Hinsdale Central closed to 44-42 with 4:40 left after back-to-back baskets by Molly Sheehan on a drive across the lane and Alex Hughes on a putback.
The Red Devils also made the score 46-44 on Reilly Revord’s basket off her rebound with 3:56 to go and 48-46 with 2:56 on two Hughes free throws.
Glenbard West, however, scored the next five points as the Red Devils had two turnovers and a missed three on consecutive possessions.
Hughes scored a putback with 44 seconds to cut the deficit to four. The Red Devils regained the ball back after two missed free throws but then had their next shot blocked and the Hilltoppers took possession.
Hughes had six of the Red Devils’ 12 fourth-quarter points and made eight of 10 free throws to finish with 14 points along with 12 rebounds.
Claire Lozier (10 points) and and Brennan (8 points) each had two three-pointers and Revord and Cassie Kruse each had six points. Kruse also grabbed 10 rebounds.
This was also the first game for first-year head coach Karen Persinger against the team she coached last season. Glenbard West’s new head coach is Kristi Faulkner, the star of the Hilltoppers’ third-place 1999 Class AA team who then played at the University of Iowa.
The Red Devils took their last lead at 36-33 with 2:38 left in the third quarter after Lozier hit two free throws and then stole the ball at the top of the key on defense and drove the court for a layup.
The Hilltoppers scored the last seven points of the period for a 40-36 advantage.
The Red Devils also rode one of their best starts, hitting six of their first 11 shots, including three threes, to lead 16-8 after one quarter.
The Hilltoppers opened the second quarter with a 12-2 run to take the lead, but the Red Devils were back in front 23-22 on halftime.
Taylor Huff, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, led Glenbard West with 21 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. Three of her nine baskets and one free throw came directly from putbacks.
Also scoring in double figures were senior Cameron Kruse (11 points), who had all three of her threes in the second half, and junior Katelyn Heller (10 points). Senior Sammy Harris contributed five steals, including a key one that resulted in her two free throws and a 52-46 margin with 1:37 left.

Game recap

Glenbard West 54, Hinsdale Central 48

Glenbard West — Kruse 4 0-0 11, Heller 1 8-15 10, Harris 0 3-4 3, Thomas 2 0-0 4, Huff 9 3-4 21, Adamski 0 0-0 0, Soane 0 0-1 0, Stutelberg 2 0-0 5. Totals 18 14-24 54. 

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 3 0-0 8, Revord 3 0-0 6, Hughes 3 8-10 14, Lozier 3 2-2 10, Kruse 3 0-0 6, Nwankpa 0 2-2 2, Porter 0 0-0 0, Howell 0 0-0 0, Rivera 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 12-14 48. 

Glenbard West 8 14 18 14 —54

Hinsdale Central 16 7 13 12 —48

 

3-point baskets: GW: Kruse 3, Stutelberg; HC: Sheehan 2, Lozier 2. Fouled out: HC: Kruse

Junior Varsity opener
At York 51, Hinsdale Central 21
Wednesday, Jan. 3

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VIDEO INTERVIEW!

Morgan McLaughlin, Maddie Bokich

Game recap

The Hinsdale Central junior varsity girls basketball team finally got the chance to play, but York's strong final 2 1/2 quarters resulted in a 51-21 defeat in the season opener Wednesday, Jan. 3 in Elmhurst.
The Red Devils closed to 20-14 in the third quarter on a three-pointer by senior Abby Howell at the top of the key off a pass from junior Maddie Bokich.
The Dukes later ended the quarter with a 10-3 run by scoring on five of their last six possessions to lead 34-18. They followed with the first nine points of the fourth quarter to pull away 43-18.
Bokich scored six points and had two of the Red Devils' four three-pointers, both in the first half. Howell added five points and senior Morgan McLaughlin a three-pointer in the first quarter.
Starters Bokich, Howell, McLaughlin and seniors Chinaza Nwankpa and Katie Porter from the varsity roster were joined by sophomore players Maiwen Amegadjie, Kendall Butler, Lucy Fischer, Natalie Holt,
Jaina Miller, Bella Mastriano and McKenna Revord.
Amegadjie and Holt joined Nwankpa in scoring field goals. Miller added a free throw.

Game recap

York 51, Hinsdale Central 21

Hinsdale Central — McLaughlin 1 0-0 3, Howell 2 0-0 5, Bokich 2 0-0 6, Porter 0 0-0 0, Nwankpa 0 2-4 2, Miller 0 1-4 1, Mastriano 0 0-0 0, M. Revord 0 0-0 0,
Amegadjie 1 0-0 2, Holt 1 0-0 2, Fischer 0 0-0 0, Butler 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 3-8 21.

York — Totals 18 11-20 51.

Hinsdale Central 5 5 8 3—21

York 7 13 14 17 —51


3-point baskets: HC: Bokich 2, McLaughlin, Howell; Y: 4. Fouled out: None

Wheaton North Falcon Classic
CONSOLATION CHAMPIONS!

Friday, Dec. 29
Hinsdale Central 50, (8) Elk Grove 41

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Hinsdale Central 50, Elk Grove 41
Friday, Dec. 29
At Wheaton North Falcon Classic

Falcon Classic bracket/scores/All-Tournament Team FINAL (Friday, Dec. 29)

Falcon Classic final overall statatistics (scoring, rebounding leaders, etc.)

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VIDEO INTERVIEW!

Abby Howell, Molly Sheehan

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VIDEO INTERVIEW!

Katie Porter on starting lineup intros

Game recap

The Hinsdale Central girls basketball team rode the momentum of its first winning streak to the consolation championship of Wheaton North’s Bill Neibch Falcon Classic.
The Red Devils’ third straight victory – 50-41 over eighth-seeded Elk Grove – earned ninth place in the 16-team field.
Another team effort set the tone for the Red Devils (6-8) against the Grenadiers (9-9). Molly Sheehan had 13 points and three three-pointers for the second straight game. Alex Hughes had nine points, Claire Lozier and Cassie Kruse seven apiece and Tina Rivera six to lead the Red Devils’ non-starters in outscoring the Grenadiers 10-0. Kruse also had 13 rebounds.
The Red Devils scored 50 points for the second day in a row. After using a strong second half Thursday to overcome a two-point halftime deficit and beat St. Charles East 50-39, they essentially won Friday’s game in the first half.
They scored on each of their final six possessions of the second quarter during a 12-2 run for a 27-14 halftime lead. Sheehan had three baskets, two on drives and a three, Rivera scored off an Abby Howell pass, Hughes scored on a putback and Kruse added a free throw.
Just prior to the run, the Red Devils had scored just four points over their previous 18 possessions but maintained the lead after coming out on fire for an 11-2 lead on Reilly Revord’s three after threes by Sheehan and Lozier to open the game.
The Red Devils led 33-21 after three quarters. They pulled in front 39-23 with 6:43 left after threes by Lozier and Sheehan off a Lozier pass.
Elk Grove came as close as seven points twice in the final 1:38, the last at 46-39 with 36 seconds left after two key Hughes free throws in a one-and-bonus situation.
As Hinsdale Central tried to run out the clock, Sheehan was involved in a collision at halfcourt with 18.2 seconds and left the game with an apparent lower back injury.
Sophomore point guard Megan Murray had 18 points for Elk Grove, including 10 of its 20 fourth-quarter points and two of its three threes. The Grenadiers started two freshmen and a sophomore.

Game recap

Hinsdale Central 50, Elk Grove 41

Elk Grove — Murray 6 4-7 18, Tierney 3 3-3 9, Blomquist 1 2-2 5, Kandefer 3 0-1 6, Trausch 1 1-2 3, Ingebrigtsen 0 0-0 0, Masnica 0 0-0 0, Snola 0 0-0 0, Marquis 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 10-15 41.

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 5 0-2 13, Revord 1 1-2 4, Hughes 1 7-12 9, Lozier 2 2-3 7, Kruse 2 2-3 7, Nwankpa 0 1-2 1, Porter 0 1-2 1, Rivera 3 0-0 6, Howell 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 13-25 50. 

Elk Grove 10 4 7 20 —41

Hinsdale Central 13 14 6 17 —50


3-point baskets: EG: Murray 2, Blomquist; HC: Sheehan 3, Revord, Lozier. Fouled out: None

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VIDEO INTERVIEW!

Cassie Kruse, Alex Hughes

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Molly Sheehan, Claire Lozier

Game summary
Hinsdale Central 50, St. Charles East 39
Thursday, Dec. 28
At Wheaton North Falcon Classic

Game recap

The Hinsdale Central girls basketball team achieved its first back-to-back victories of the season Thursday but not without a battle.
The Red Devils emerged from a two-point halftime deficit and showed composure down the stretch in defeating St. Charles East 50-39 in the consolation semifinals of Wheaton North's Bill Neibch Falcon Classic.
Hinsdale Central (5-8) plays for the consolation championship (9th place) at 3 p.m. Friday against No. 8-seed Elk Grove (9-8), a 49-30 winner over Schaumburg Thursday.
Contributors to the victory included Molly Sheehan (16 points with 3 threes), Claire Lozier (11 points with 2 threes, 6 assists), Alex Hughes (7 points), Cassie Kruse (8 points, 7 rebounds), Reilly Revord (6 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds) and Chinaza Nwankpa (5 rebounds). 
Hinsdale Central took a 34-31 lead into the fourth quarter and improved it to 38-31 on its first two possessions with an inside basket by Lozier and three-point play putback by Hughes, one of the key plays of the game.
The Saints (6-9) closed to 42-36 with 3:59 left on its fourth and final three, but went scoreless the next 3:56. The Red Devils pulled ahead 46-36 on baskets by Kruse off a Sheehan pass from the top of the key and Hughes off a fast-break lead by Lozier with 1:45 to go after eluding full-court pressure. Sheehan added four free throws.
The Red Devils had arguably their best offensive game of the season, hitting 19 of 47 shots (5 for 15 on threes), including 10 of 22 in the second half.
Kruse was 4 of 7 contending inside with 6-foot senior Sara Rosenfeldt, St. Charles East's all-time leading scorer. Revord was 3 of 4 and Hughes 3 of 6.
Sheehan had seven fourth-quarter points and Hughes five.
The three-point play by Hughes, who has been battling illness throughout the tournament, followed a missed three and rebounds and missed inside shots by her and Revord, which Hughes then collected on the other side of the basket to score.
Lozier hit a three at the outset of the third quarter and later had a steal and layup to give the Red Devils a 30-28 lead. Baskets by Kruse from the left of the lane and Nwankpa off her missed shot increased the margin to 34-30.
Rosenfeldt had 13 points (9 in first half) and five rebounds and guard Nicole Jordan had 12 points with two threes. The Saints, who were 15 for 40 shooting (4 for 17 threes) were 5 for 18 in the second half (1 for 8 threes) as the Red Devils switched to a 2-3 zone defense.
Elk Grove was the only one of the eight seeded teams to lose in Tuesday's first round, falling to Waubonsie Valley 40-39. The Grenadiers scored a two-point basket at the buzzer.

Hinsdale Central statistics leaders
Molly Sheehan: 16 points with 3 three-pointers, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
Claire Lozier: 11 points with 2 three-pointers, 4 rebounds, 6 assists
Cassie Kruse: 8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks
Alex Hughes: 7 points, 3 rebounds

Reilly Revord: 6 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists
Chinaza Nwankpa: 2 points, 5 rebounds


Editor's Note: Statistics based on official Falcon Classic boxscore and staff reports

Postgame interview with

coach Karen Persinger

Q: Against a comparable team, do you think this was among the team’s best efforts in combining execution and desire?

Persinger: “I thought that the pieces kind of came together for us, which was nice to see. On the defensive end, we made some adjustments the second half and went to the (2-3) zone and I thought the kids did a really nice job of closing out shooters and moving and rotating. Sometimes when we go to the zone we get a little lazy and we didn’t do that. I thought that was difference in the game, was our defensive effort. And then the execution on the offensive end was definitely one of our better games. We got some nice looks out of some sets that we ran and the kids did a good job of handling the ball. Sometimes we have a tendency to beat ourselves with our passing. We put the ball over our head and we want to throw on top of people and we didn’t do that today. I thought we did a really nice job of moving the ball.

Q: Down the stretch, the team seemed to show good composure playing with the lead.

Persinger: “We talk a lot about how the clock is our friend. We just value the possession and we don’t have to take the first shot that we get. It can be the third or fourth shot that comes open and maybe it’s a layup instead of a 15-footer. The clock’s a friend and we want to take some time off of it when we’re up.”

Q: There seemed to be a lot of simply desire possessions by the team today -- hustling, winning a loose ball. There was one time in the fourth quarter when St. Charles East’s Sara Rosenfeldt stole an inbounds pass only to have Molly Sheehan steal the ball back at midcourt seconds later.

Persinger: “I thought overall top to bottom we did a nice job. I would agree one of our better total efforts of the season. It’s nice to see that we’re kind of progressing each game. I told the kids our goal this week is to get better every time we stop on the floor. When we only had one game in two weeks and had the rust, now I feel like the rust is starting to come off and we’re starting to show some growth so it’s nice.”

Game recap

Hinsdale Central 50, St. Charles East 39

St. Charles East — Jordan 5 0-0 12, Kiefer 0 0-0 0, Weinzirl 2 0-0 6, DiOrio 2 0-0 4, Rosenfeldt 4 5-7 13, Stackhouse 0 0-0 0, Vitkus 2 0-0 4, Shead 0 0-0 0, Griffin 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 5-7 39.

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 4 5-8 16, Revord 3 0-0 6, Hughes 3 1-1 7, Lozier 4 1-2 11, Kruse 4 0-0 8, Nwankpa 1 0-0 2, Porter 0 0-0 0, Rivera 0 0-0 0, Howell 0 0-0 0, McLaughlin 0 0-0 0, Bokich 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 7-11 50. 

St. Charles East 13 11 7 8 —39

Hinsdale Central 8 14 12 16 —50


3-point baskets: SCE: Jordan 2, Weinzirl 2; HC: Sheehan 3, Lozier 2. Fouled out: None

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Reilly Revord, Chinaza Nwankpa

Game summary
Hinsdale Central 49, Jacobs 32
Wednesday, Dec. 27
At Wheaton North Falcon Classic

Game recap

The Hinsdale Central girls basketball team got the chance to play a team its same size Wednesday and took advantage.
The Red Devils defeated Jacobs 49-32 in the consolation bracket semifinals of Wheaton North’s Bill Neibch Falcon Classic.
Senior Chinaza Nwankpa had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Double-digit statistics also came from seniors Claire Lozier with 15 points and three three-pointers and Reilly Revord with 10 rebounds.
Hinsdale Central (4-8) will play at noon Thursday, Dec. 28, in the consolation semifinals against St. Charles East (6-8), a 42-26 winner over Elgin Wednesday. The Saints lost their tournament opener in double overtime 55-48 to No. 7-seed Downers Grove North Tuesday.
The Red Devils led slightly smaller Jacobs (4-8) 47-30 in rebounds, including 21 offensive boards, and took advantage of two scoring stretches.
The second one kept the Red Devils in charge after their 28-21 halftime lead dwindled to 33-28 with 4:41 left in the third quarter. Hinsdale Central outscored Jacobs 16-4 the rest of the way as the Golden Eagles finished making just 1 of their last 18 shots with nine turnovers.
Hinsdale Central had trailed 15-10 late in the first quarter but then went on a 16-2 run for a 26-17 advantage.
Jacobs finished 11 for 50 from the field (22 percent) with three threes, yet the Golden Eagles' lone fourth-quarter field goal -- a three by Courtney Pahl -- cut the deficit to 41-32 with 4:39 left.
After a Jacobs three-second turnover, Revord fed Tina Rivera inside for a 43-32 advantage with 3:31 left. Lozier added two free throws a minute later and Lozier and Nwankpa scored baskets in the final 1:01.
Nwankpa had eight points and seven rebounds in the second half. Lozier had 11 points and three threes and Revord contributed nine rebounds and three assists in the first half.

Hinsdale Central statistics leaders
Chinaza Nwankpa: 16 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals
Molly Sheehan: 8 points with 2 three-pointers, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Claire Lozier: 15 points with 3 three-pointers, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals
Reilly Revord: 10 rebounds, 4 assists
Tina Rivera: 4 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists
Cassie Kruse: 4 points, 5 rebounds
Abby Howell: 2 points, 3 rebounds

Editor's Note: Statistics based on official Falcon Classic boxscore and staff

Postgame interview with

coach Karen Persinger

Q: I know you were disappointed about rebounding against Glenbard South. The team rebounded much better against Jacobs (leading 47-30 with 21 offensive boards).

Persinger: “It was definitely a better job today than yesterday on the defensive glass. I still thought there were moments of lapses. We’re not doing a good job right now of communicating on defense and that, for us, has to be a point of emphasis the rest of the week because they have to communicate on defense. The more they talk to each other, the more comfortable they are and the better we will do in rotation and boxing out. Everything kind of stems from that. A better job on the glass, that’s always key, especially when you play a team for once that you’re bigger than. That doesn’t happen very often so we have to use that to our advantage.”

Q: Reilly Revord and Chinaza Nwankpa had double-digit rebounds (10 each). Reilly had numerous boards in the first half and Chinaza kind of took over in the second half.

Persinger: “I thought Reilly did a tremendous job on the glass, especially in the first half, kind of rebounding for everybody because I feel like the first half we didn’t do as good a job with team rebounding. Everybody wasn’t getting after the glass. I thought Reilly did a great job getting after the boards the first half. I challenged them at halftime to step up and hit the boards like she was. And (Chinaza) did.”

Hinsdale Central 49, Jacobs 32

Jacobs — Durben 1 0-0 3, Pahl 1 0-0 3, Healy 1 1-2 3, Schwartz 4 2-2 11, Cabusao 4 3-5 11, Valldejuli 0 0-0 0, Garden 0 0-0 0, Sibless 0 1-2 1. Totals 11 7-11 32.

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 3 0-0 8, Revord 0 0-0 0, Hughes 0 0-0 0, Lozier 5 2-3 15, Kruse 2 0-0 4, Nwankpa 7 2-3 16, Howell 1 0-0 2, Porter 0 0-0 0, Rivera 2 0-1 4, McLaughlin 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 4-7 49. 

Jacobs 15 6 7 4 —32

Hinsdale Central 14 14 9 12 —49


3-point baskets: J: Durben, Pahl, Schwartz; HC: Lozier 3, Sheehan 2. Fouled out: None

Game summary
Glenbard South 48, Hinsdale Central 31
Tuesday, Dec. 26
At Wheaton North Falcon Classic

Game recap

For the second straight season, the Hinsdale Central girls basketball team lost to Glenbard South in the opening round of Wheaton North’s Bill Neibch Falcon Classic.
On Tuesday, the Red Devils lost 48-31 as the Raiders won their 11th straight after losing the season opener to defending Class 4A state champion Geneva.
Hinsdale Central (3-8) will play at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday against Jacobs (4-7). Glenbard South (11-1), the No. 3 seed in the 16-team tournament, advanced to the quarterfinals against No. 6 Bartlett (7-5), a 54-47 winner over Jacobs.
Senior Abby Howell and freshman Molly Sheehan finished with 10 and eight points, respectively, and each had two of the team’s five threes. Reilly Revord had four assists and she and Katie Porter each had three rebounds.
The Red Devils took an early 8-7 lead on a Sheehan three-pointer, but the Raiders scored the next 10 points to lead 17-8 at the end of the first quarter. Glenbard South later scored the final nine points of the second quarter for a 29-13 advantage.
Hinsdale Central closed to 40-26 early in the fourth quarter on free throws by Alex Hughes and Sheehan, but they didn’t score again for more than three minutes.
Glenbard South 6-foot-2 junior Maggie Bair had 25 points on 11-for-15 shooting, including 9-for-9 from two-point range. She made her first seven shots, including both of her threes, and collected 17 of the Raiders’ first 22 points.
The Raiders assisted 17 of their 20 field goals and outrebounded the Red Devils 30-17. Their team returns four multi-year starters and are coached by Morgan Kasperek, a member of the Red Devils’ 2002 Class AA state championship team, and assistant coach Steve Gross, the head coach of that team.
Glenbard South won last year’s Falcon Classic meeting 38-37 on two free throws with 28.7 seconds and the Red Devils missing the second of two free throws with no time remaining. The Red Devils returned just three points scored from that game by Hughes and senior Chinaza Nwankpa. days.

Hinsdale Central statistics leaders
Abby Howell: 10 points with 2 three-pointers, 2 rebounds
Molly Sheehan: 8 points with 2 three-pointers, 2 steals, 2 rebounds
Alex Hughes: 6 points
Reilly Revord: 2 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals

Claire Lozier: 3 points on three-pointer, 2 steals 
Chinaza Nwankpa: 2 points
Cassie Kruse: 2 rebounds

Editor's Note: Statistics based on official Falcon Classic boxscore

Postgame interview with

coach Karen Persinger

Q: Final score aside, do you feel the team made any progress on areas of emphasis since your last game Dec. 15 at Lyons Township?

Persinger: “I think this morning it would be tough to judge our progress. You didn’t see a lot of progress. We got outrebounded (30-17). We didn’t shoot the ball very well (10 for 38), kind of let that affect how we played. I felt like that we let that linger. A missed shot we let linger rather than moving past. We miss a shot, who cares? Make the next play. I felt like today we dwelled in our poor shooting a little bit too long and didn’t recover the way we needed to. I thought our defensive effort just wasn’t there. Offensively I thought we got some good looks that didn’t go. I was pleased with some of our offensive movement. We’re still not there yet all the way around, but it’s tough when we’ve had over a week off and not had any action to say we’ve had any progress. There were some things that I liked. I just didn’t like how we carried that missed shot and kind of let it hang with us instead of bouncing back and making the next play. I thought defensively we just didn’t do a good job of closing out and boxing out. That was probably the biggest difference. We gave up 30 rebounds. You’re not going to be in too many games when you’re giving that many opportunities. Glenbard South played really nice. (Maggie) Bair shot the ball really well (25 points), took advantage of some opportunities we gave her.”

Q: The team stayed fairly close until Glenbard South opened a lead of double digits.

Persinger: “We started to press and make things tougher on ourselves. We started fighting ourselves a little bit and that’s part of the growth process, talking to the girls of how do we handle those moments? This morning we looked a little rusty and we didn’t handle those moments as well as we should have. Credit to those guys (Glenbard South). They played really well.”

Glenbard South 48, Hinsdale Central 31

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 2 2-2 8, Revord 0 2-2 2, Hughes 2 2-2 6, Lozier 1 0-0 3, Kruse 0 0-0 0, Nwankpa 1 0-1 2, Porter 0 0-0 0, Howell 4 0-0 10, McLaughlin 0 0-0 0, Rivera 0 0-0 0, Bokich 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 6-7 31. 

Glenbard South — LaPonte 1 0-0 3, S. Cohen 1 0-0 2, Carli 3 1-2 9, Daca 4 1-2 9, Bair 11 1-1 25, L. Cohen 0 0-0 0, Buckley 0 0-0 0, Sellers 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 3-5 48.

Hinsdale Central 8 5 9 9 —31


Glenbard South 17 12 11 8 —48

3-point baskets: HC: Sheehan 2, Howell 2, Lozier; GS: Carli 2, Bair 2, LaPonte. Fouled out: None

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VIDEO INTERVIEW!

Cassie Kruse, Molly Sheehan

Varsity game summary
At Lyons Township 54, Hinsdale Central 41
Friday, Dec. 15

Game recap

The Hinsdale Central girls basketball team closed to within two points four times in the third quarter and five points twice in the fourth at Lyons Township Friday, Dec. 15.
The Red Devils, however, never could tie or get over the hump and lost to their rivals 54-41 in front of a Pack the Place crowd in La Grange.
The Red Devils (3-7, 1-4 in West Suburban Silver) closed to 44-39 with 2:38 left on Claire Lozier's basket.
The Lions (8-2, 4-1) held on by scoring from an offensive rebound the ensuing possession and making 8 of 10 free throws in the final 1:27.
Freshman Molly Sheehan's 16 points with 4 threes was among many highlights for the Red Devils. Senior Claire Lozier had 7 points, senior Cassie Kruse had 10 rebounds and 6 points and seniors Alex Hughes and Chinaza Nwankpa added 5 points each.
Sheehan made 6 consecutive shots, including all of her threes, starting with a buzzer-beating three off a pass by senior Reilly Revord to cut the halftime deficit to 21-16.
Sheehan hit a three on the Red Devils' first possession of the third quarter to cut the gap to 21-19. The Red Devils then got baskets on back-to-back possessions from Sheehan in the lane and Kruse on a bank shot to trail 23-21 and 25-23.
Sheehan's outside shot brought to Red Devils to 30-28, but the Lions closed out the period with a 9-2 run, including senior Sidney Bugaieski's three and a four-point play by freshman Lindsey Hahn with a three and foul. 
Hinsdale Central only was outrebounded by bigger LT 27-25 but the Lions led 14-9 in the second half and scored twice in the third quarter directly from offensive rebounds.
LT has won five straight and remains tied atop the Silver with York and Glenbard West.
Bugaieski finished with 12 points -- all on threes -- and senior Kaelan Lee added 10. The Lions also received 17 points from non-starters and made 13 of 17 free throws.

The Red Devils now concentrate on final exams before resuming play at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26 against third-seeded Glenbard South in the opening round of Wheaton North's Bill Neibch Falcon Classic. Hinsdale Central also will play at Wheaton North the following three days.

Hinsdale Central statistics leaders
Molly Sheehan: 16 points with 4 three-pointers
Alex Hughes: 5 points, 5 rebounds
Reilly Revord: 2 points, 2 assists

Cassie Kruse: 6 points, 10 rebounds
Claire Lozier: 7 points with three, 3 rebounds, 2 assists 
Chinaza Nwankpa: 5 points, 4 rebounds

Lyons Township 54, Hinsdale Central 41

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 6 0-0 16, Revord 1 0-0 2, Hughes 1 3-4 5, Lozier 3 0-0 7, Kruse 3 0-2 6, Porter 0 0-0 0, Nwankpa 2 1-2 5, Howell 2 1-2 5 Porter 0 1-2 1, Howell 0 3-4 3, Rivera 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 9-16 41. 

Lyons Township — Elliott 1 2-3 4, Bugaieski 4 0-0 12, Lee 4 2-2 10, Fink 3 0-0 6, Allen 1 3-4 5, Courier 3 3-4 9, Hahn 1 3-4 6, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Kessler 0 0-0 0, Nutter 1 0-0 2, Cesarini 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 13-17 54.

Hinsdale Central 4 12 14 11 —41


Lyons Township 8 13 18 15 —54

3-point baskets: HC: Sheehan 4, Lozier; LT: Bugaieski 4, Hahn. Fouled out: HC: Kruse

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VIDEO INTERVIEW!

Alex Hughes, Claire Lozier

Varsity game summary
Hinsdale Central 66, At Proviso West 53
Thursday, Dec. 7

Hinsdale Central 66, Proviso West 53

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 3 0-0 9, Revord 2 0-0 5, Hughes 4 8-9 17, Lozier 6 0-0 15, Kruse 3 3-4 9, Nwankpa 2 1-1 5, Porter 0 1-2 1, Howell 0 3-4 3, Rivera 0 0-0 0, Bokich 0 2-4 2, McLaughlin 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 18-24 66. 

Proviso West — Dunlap 2 3-6 8, Daniel 0 0-0 0, Simmons-Doyle 5 4-5 14, Anderson 7 0-1 16, Moore 2 1-2 5, Williams 0 0-0 0, Byrdlong 4 2-5 10, Stanciel 0 0-0 0, Bryant 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0, Nicholas 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 10-19 53.

Hinsdale Central 21 9 23 13 —66


Proviso West 15 5 17 16 —53

3-point baskets: HC: Sheehan 3, Lozier 3, Revord, Hughes; PW: Anderson 2, Dunlap. Fouled out: None

Varsity game summary
York 47, At Hinsdale Central 26
Tuesday, Dec. 5

Game recap

Another slow offensive start hindered the Hinsdale Central girls basketball team Tuesday, Dec. 5, resulting in a 47-26 loss to York in West Suburban Conference Silver Division action in Hinsdale.
The Red Devils (2-6, 0-3 in Silver) had only 2 first-quarter points for the second game in a row, giving York (6-1, 3-0) a 15-2 lead after one period.
Hinsdale Central closed to 15-7 as Alex Hughes scored and Molly Sheehan hit her first of three three-pointers both after offensive rebounds. The Dukes, however, were back in front 26-8 by halftime and led 30-8 at the outset of the third quarter.
Sheehan finished with 11 points by hitting 3 of her last 7 three-point attempts over the final three quarters. Hughes had 7 points and Katie Porter had 4 with two second-half baskets. Cassie Kruse had 8 rebounds and Hughes and Reilly Revord 6 apiece. Claire Lozier had 3 steals.
Hinsdale Central was 0-for-10 shooting in the first quarter and 5 for 35 over the first three quarters before finishing 8 for 46 and 7 for 10 from the free-throw line.
York had 7 threes and three players in double figures -- seniors Danielle Dennis (11 points) and Caylin Rufus (10 points, 9 rebounds) and junior Mary Stark (10 points with 3 threes).
The Dukes' previous Silver victories came over Lyons Township (53-38 Nov. 28) and Proviso West (76-39 Dec. 2), the Red Devils' next opponent Thursday in Hillside.

Hinsdale Central statistics leaders
Molly Sheehan: 11 points with 3 three-pointers
Alex Hughes: 7 points, 5-for-6 free-throw shooting, 5 rebounds, 2 steals
Reilly Revord: 2 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals
Cassie Kruse: 8 rebounds
Claire Lozier: 3 steals, 3 rebounds 
Katie Porter: 4 points, 3 rebounds
Chinaza Nwankpa: 3 rebounds
Madeleine Bokich: 2 points

York 47, Hinsdale Central 26

York — Park 0 0-0 0, Dennis 3 4-6 11, Stark 3 1-2 10, C. Rufus 4 1-2 10, Viola 0 0-0 0, Levins 0 6-6 6, Walker 0 0-0 0, Rohman 0 0-0 0, K. Rufus 2 0-1 5, Kiome 1 0-0 2, Welz 0 0-0 0, Morrissey 0 0-0 0, Mullis 1 0-0 3, Doherty 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 12-17 47.

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 4 0-0 11, Revord 0 1-2 1, Hughes 1 5-6 7, Lozier 0 0-0 0, Kruse 0 0-0 0, Nwankpa 0 0-0 0, Porter 2 0-0 4, Howell 0 1-2 1, Rivera 0 0-0 0, Bokich 1 0-0 2, McLaughlin
0 0-0 0. Totals 8 7-10 26.


York 15 11 11 10 —47

Hinsdale Central 2 6 7 11 —26

3-point baskets: Y: Stark 3, Dennis, C. Rufus, K. Rufus, Mullis; HC: Sheehan 3. Fouled out: None

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VIDEO INTERVIEW!

Reilly Revord, Cassie Kruse

Varsity game summary
Downers Grove North 42, Hinsdale Central 37
Saturday, Dec. 2

Game recap

The Hinsdale Central girls basketball team closed to within two points in the fourth quarter but couldn’t get over the hump and lost to Downers Grove North 42-37 in West Suburban Conference Silver Division action Saturday, Dec. 2, in Hinsdale.
After trailing 19-2 in the second quarter, the Red Devils (2-5, 0-2 in Silver) closed to 34-32 with 4:41 left on Claire Lozier’s three-pointer in the left corner off a pass by Molly Sheehan.
They had four more possessions to tie or take the lead and three more before scoring again with 38.8 seconds left on Reilly Revord’s basket. By that time, the Trojans (4-4, 2-0) were ahead 38-34.
Downers North junior Julia Kramper added two pairs of free throws and Lozier made her fourth three of the game with 12 seconds left off a Revord pass.
Lozier led Hinsdale Central with 17 points. Revord had 6 points with 5 steals, Alex Hughes added 4 points and Cassie Kruse had 9 rebounds, including two assists in the fourth quarter from offensive rebounds.
Kramper scored a career-high 26 points with 4 three-pointers. She had 14 of her team’s first 19 points behind 4-for-5 shooting from three. Junior Lauren Sebek and senior reserve Michelle Miller each had 5 points with a three.
The Red Devils’ saga of slow starts continued. They were 1-of-9 shooting in the first quarter with 7 turnovers on 14 possessions. They still trailed 22-12 at halftime and 34-25 after three quarters but opened the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run on a Revord basket off a Kruse pass, a Hughes hook in the lane and Lozier’s three.

Hinsdale Central statistics leaders
Claire Lozier: 17 points with 4 threes, 3 rebounds
Reilly Revord: 6 points, 5 steals
Cassie Kruse: 2 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists
Alex Hughes: 4 points, 4 rebounds
Molly Sheehan: 3 points with one three-pointer, 3 assists
Chinaza Nwankpa: 3 points
Abby Howell: 2 points

Downers Grove North 42, Hinsdale Central 37

Downers Grove North — Gross 0 0-0 0, Sebek 2 0-0 5, Kramper 7 8-9 26, Edwards 0 0-0 0, Parker 1 0-0 2, Harris 2 0-0 4, Miller 2 0-2 5. Totals 14 8-11 42.

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 1 0-0 3, Hughes 2 0-0 4, Lozier 6 1-1 17, Howell 0 2-2 2, Kruse 1 0-0 2, Revord 3 0-0 6, Nwankpa 0 3-4 3, Porter 0 0-0 0, Rivera 0 0-0 0, Bokich 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 6-7 37.


Downers North 13 9 12 8 —42

Hinsdale Central 2 10 13 12 —37

3-point baskets: DGN: Kramper 4, Sebek, Miller; HC: Lozier 4, Sheehan. Fouled out: None

Varsity game summary
Oak Park-River Forest 55, Hinsdale Central 45
Tuesday, Nov. 28
WSC Silver opener

Oak Park-River Forest 55, Hinsdale Central 45

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 5 0-0 14, Hughes 3 4-4 10, Lozier 3 2-2 8, Howell 1 0-0 2, Kruse 0 0-2 0, Revord 2 0-0 4, Nwankpa 0 1-2 1, Rivera 2 1-4 5, Bokich 0 1-2 1,
Porter 0 0-0 0, McLaughlin 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 9-16 45.

Oak Park-River Forest — Sanchez 3 2-2 8, Coleman 4 3-3 11, Spencer 5 2-5 12, Nelson 0 0-0 0, Underhill 2 0-0 5, Holman 4 1-2 13, Failor 0 0-2 0, Sisler 2 2-2 6, Cozette 0 0-0 0, Guarino 0 0-0 0, Covington 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 10-18 55.

Hinsdale Central 12 13 11 9 —45

Oak Park-River Forest 21 5 12 17 —55

3-point baskets: HC Sheehan 4, OPRF: Holman 4, Underhill. Fouled out: HC: Nwankpa.

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VIDEO INTERVIEW!

Molly Sheehan, Claire Lozier

All-Tournament Team

Claire Lozier, Hinsdale Central
Emily Koziol, Hinsdale South
Megan Callahan, Neuqua Valley
Amaya Coleman, Oak Park-River Forest
Ahsha Spencer, Oak Park-River Forest
Anya Brooks, Plainfield South
Natalie Stavropoulos, Sandburg
Molly Gannon, St. Ignatius (MVP)
Lauren McDonald, St. Ignatius
Campbell Montgomery, St. Ignatius
Varsity game summary
Oak Park-River Forest 57, Hinsdale Central 42
Saturday, Nov. 25
Third-place game
At Hinsdale South's Brenda Whitesell Invitational

Postgame interview with

coach Karen Persinger

Q: After the frustrating start against Oak Park-River Forest (18-4 deficit after one quarter), the team progressed to get back into the game.

Persinger: “I was pleased. I knew that we started man (defensively) because I wanted to see how we match up with them. We open conference with them on Tuesday. The first quarter was a little bit of where are we at? How can we match up with them? They’re quick and we didn’t do a good job of getting to the help line in the first quarter. We switched defenses in the second quarter and I thought that the kids did a nice job with zone. We started to settle in a little bit and I thought that was key. We still see a little bit of our growing pains as we grow together as a group, just handling that initial onslaught. We finally after the second quarter settled in and stated to play our game as opposed to their game. That’s what we talked about in the beginning is we have to control the tempo and look for our opportunities. I thought we did a better job with that as the game progressed. We gave up some easy stuff that we need to clean up before Tuesday. I saw some nice things to build on.”

Q: Did also having to play Oak Park-River Forest Tuesday in the conference opener affect the approach to Saturday’s game?

Persinger: “It was tough because we have to turn around and play them for conference. You try not to show your full hand before a conference game. Any time you want to compete and win. We showed some things -- you have to -- but I do think it does impact. Conference is the big thing. You want to get them at conference time so it’s a tough Saturday-Tuesday turnaround to be matched up with a conference foe. You give Oak Park’s girls credit. They attacked the basket. They were aggressive. They play good defense. It was almost a little trial and error (with lineup matchups) and seeing what we’ve got. I think there’s opportunities for us Tuesday so we’ll see if we can make the adjustments.”

Q: Over the four tournaments games, the team played well in stretches and also showed growing pains. There also was a lot of resiliency in the Plainfield South 66-63 overtime victory and coming back against Sandburg and Oak Park-River Forest.

Persinger: “I think that’s the most important thing for the kids to understand. For me, it’s the thing I’m most excited about is that they don’t show quit. I told them we were up against the 8-ball in the first quarter (Saturday) and they didn’t quit. They responded to the adjustments that we made and ran through the offense a couple of times, attacked the basket and did the things that we needed to do, which helped them settle in. But there’s no quit in them. They continue to work hard and fight. We’re going to continue to get better every game. We have things that we do really well and there’s going to be times where we’re going to run up against something that we’re not quite as sharp on. I love the fact that they don’t ever quit. They look for ways to improve. They listen. They want to lean and they bust their tails. That I love.”

Game recap

The Hinsdale Central girls basketball team nearly overcame a slow start but lost to Oak Park-River Forest 57-42 in the third-place game of Hinsdale South’s Brenda Whitesell Tournament Saturday, Nov. 25.
The Red Devils (2-2) only have to wait until Tuesday for another chance at the Huskies (3-1). The teams meet in Oak Park for their West Suburban Conference Silver Division opener.
Down 14 points for roughly three minutes in the first half, the Red Devils closed to 30-24 with 3:40 left in the third quarter on a Reilly Revord short baseline jumper off a pass by Katie Porter. They had one possession to get closer but committed a turnover, and the Huskies soon regained control, leading 43-28 after the quarter and by at least nine points throughout the fourth.
Claire Lozier had 14 points, followed by Cassie Kruse (12 rebounds), Alex Hughes (8 points), Chinaza Nwankpa (6 points) and Reilly Revord (4 points, 6 rebounds).
Seniors Ahsha Spencer (16 points) and Amaya Coleman (12 points) led OPRF, which came out effective against the Red Devils’ man-to-man defense by attacking both sides of the lane en route to an 18-4 lead after one quarter.
Hinsdale Central found more success with a 2-3 zone defense and significantly improved its offensive touch as the game progressed, making 9 of its last 21 shots (14 of 54 overall) after 5-of-31 shooting in the first half followed by two misses to begin the third quarter.
Teams from Pool A won three of the four crossover matchups Saturday, including the championship and third-place games.


Hinsdale Central statistics leaders
Claire Lozier: 14 points 4 rebounds, 2 steals
Cassie Kruse: 4 points, 12 rebounds
Alex Hughes: 8 points, 2 rebounds
Chinaza Nwankpa: 6 points
Reilly Revord: 4 points, 6 rebounds
Tina Rivera: 4 points
Molly Sheehan: 2 points
Abby Howell: 2 points
Katie Porter: 2 assists

Championship game: St. Ignatius 56, Sandburg 40
Fifth-place game: Hinsdale South 47, Neuqua Valley 45 
Seventh-place game: St. Edward 56, Plainfield South 50


Editor's note: Individual statistics are based on staff reports and are unofficial.

Oak Park-River Forest 57, Hinsdale Central 42

Oak Park-River Forest — Sanchez 3 2-2 8, Coleman 5 2-6 12, Spencer 8 0-1 16, Nelson 4 0-0 8, Underhill 1 0-0 3, Holman 0 0-0 0, Fallon 0 0-0 0, Sisler 3 4-4 10, Williams 0 0-0 0, Cozette 0 0-0 0, Guarino 0 0-0 0, Covington 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 8-13 57.

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 0 2-2 2, Hughes 3 2-3 8, Lozier 5 4-4 14, Howell 0 2-2 2, Kruse 2 0-2 4, Revord 1 0-0 2, Nwankpa 1 4-4 6, Porter 0 0-0 0, Rivera 2 0-2 4, Bokich 0 0-0 0, McLaughlin 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 14-19 42.

Oak Park-River Forest 18 8 17 14 —57

Hinsdale Central 4 12 12 14 —42

3-point baskets: OPRF: Underhill. Fouled out: None.

VIDEO INTERVIEW!

Cassie Kruse, Molly Sheehan, Alex Hughes

Varsity game summary
Hinsdale Central 57, Hinsdale South 38
Tuesday, Nov. 21
At Hinsdale South's Brenda Whitesell Invitational
With second place in Pool B on the line Tuesday, Nov. 21, the Hinsdale Central girls basketball team took control right away in a 57-38 victory over rival Hinsdale South in the final round of pool play at Hinsdale South’s Brenda Whitesell Invitational.
The Red Devils (2-1) will play for third place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, against Oak Park-River Forest. Interestingly, the teams also will meet Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Oak Park for their West Suburban Conference Silver Division opener.
Hinsdale Central greeted Hinsdale South (1-2) with a 9-0 start and kept the Hornets scoreless for the game’s first four minutes.
The Red Devils led 13-6 after one quarter and 29-16 at halftime. They opened the second half with a Molly Sheehan three and Cassie Kruse putback to move ahead 34-16 and were in front 41-26 by the end of the quarter.
Sheehan had 16 points with four three-pointers, and other double figures came from Alex Hughes (12 points, 6 rebounds) and Kruse (6 points, 14 rebounds). Other contributors included Abby Powell (6 points) and Katie Porter (3 points), who each had three-pointers, Reilly Revord (4 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals), Chinaza Nwankpa (4 points, 3 rebounds) and Claire Lozier (4 points).


Hinsdale Central statistics leaders
Molly Sheehan: 16 points with 4 threes, 3 steals, 2 assists
Alex Hughes: 12 points, 6 rebounds
Cassie Kruse: 4 points, 14 rebounds
Abby Howell: 6 points with three
Reilly Revord: 4 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals
Chinaza Nwankpa: 4 points, 3 rebounds
Claire Lozier: 4 points
Tina Rivera: 2 points, 4 rebounds
Katie Porter: 3 points with three
Morgan McLaughlin: 2 points, 2 assists


Editor's note: Individual statistics are based on staff reports and are unofficial.

Hinsdale Central 57, Hinsdale South 38

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 6 0-0 16, Hughes 6 0-0 12, Lozier 2 0-0 4, Howell 2 1-2 6, Kruse 2 0-2 4, Revord 2 0-0 4, Nwankpa 2 0-0 4, Rivera 1 0-0 2, Porter 1 0-0 3, Bokich 0 0-0 0, McLaughlin 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25 1-4 57.

Hinsdale South — Edmond 4 0-0 8, Hendrick 2 0-0 4, Markos 1 0-0 2, Koziol 1 2-2 5, Adams 0 3-4 3, Muckles 4 0-0 8, Jensen 0 2-2 2, Cooper 1 0-0 2, Washington 0 2-6 2, Davis 1 0-0 2, Allen 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 9-14 38.

Hinsdale Central 13 16 12 16—57

Hinsdale South 6 10 10 12—38

3-point baskets: HC: Sheehan 4, Howell, Porter; HS: Koziol. Fouled out: None.

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VIDEO INTERVIEW!

Reilly Revord signed her national letter of intent with the University of Missouri for women's cross country and track and field Nov. 7.

Varsity game summary
Sandburg 48, Hinsdale Central 36
Saturday, Nov. 18
At Hinsdale South's Brenda Whitesell Invitational

After its second 20-point quarter of the young season, the Hinsdale Central girls basketball team got back within one point of Sandburg by halftime Saturday.
Problems with converting shots and breaking the Eagles’ 1-2-2 press, however, contributed to a 9-point second half and a 48-36 defeat in the second round of Pool B play at Hinsdale South’s Brenda Whitesell Invitational.
The Red Devils (1-1) will play the host Hornets (1-1) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday with second place in the pool on the line. Hinsdale South lost to Sandburg 54-44 Tuesday while pulling out a last-minute 49-43 win Saturday over Plainfield South, which the Red Devils beat 66-63 in overtime Tuesday.
Claire Lozier (14 points) and Molly Sheehan (6 points) each had two three-pointers and Cassie Kruse and Reilly Revord each had five points. While Revord made her season debut coming off her cross country season, the Red Devils were minus senior Alex Hughes, who started Tuesday.
Trailing 16-5 after one quarter, the Red Devils scored 20 points to close to 26-25 at the half. The Red Devils’ quarter included four of their five three-pointers – two by Sheehan and one from Lozier and Madeleine Bokich -- and conventional three-point plays by Lozier and Revord.
The second half consisted of four field goals – two by Kruse and one by Tina Rivera and Lozier – and free throws by Kruse, Lozier and Chinaza Nwankpa.
Senior Erin Greenfield (12 points) and junior Natalie Stavopoulos (11 points) scored in double figures for the Eagles, who started two seniors and three juniors and received six points from three sophomore reserves. Sandburg scored all 10 of its fourth-quarter points from 18 free throws to finish 11 for 26.

In Pool A, St. Ignatius is 2-0, Oak Park-River Forest and Neuqua Valley are 1-1 and St. Edward is 0-2.

Sandburg 48, Hinsdale Central 36

Sandburg — Stavopoulos 3 5-13 11, Hiler 1 0-0 3, Antoine 2 1-2 5, Poole 3 0-0 6, Greenfield 5 2-5 12, Nolan 2 0-0 5, Badon 0 3-4 3, M. Manthey 0 0-2 0, Bellik 1 0-0 3. Totals: 17 11-26 48.

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 2 0-0 6, Lozier 4 4-5 14, Nwankpa 0 1-4 1, Howell 0 0-0 0, Kruse 2 1-2 5, Revord 2 1-1 5, Rivera 1 0-2 2, Porter 0 0-0 0, Bokich 1 0-1 3, McLaughlin 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 7-15 36.

Sandburg 16 10 12 10—48

Hinsdale Central 5 20 5 6—36

3-point baskets: S: Hiler, Nolan, Bellik; HC: Sheehan 2, Lozier 2, Bokich. Fouled out: HC: Nwankpa, Bokich

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Varsity game summary
Hinsdale Central 66, Plainfield South 63 (OT)
Tuesday, Nov. 14
At Hinsdale South's Brenda Whitesell Invitational
The Hinsdale Central girls basketball varsity scored the first eight points of Tuesday's season opener.
They later scored eight in a row in overtime in pulling out a 66-63 victory over Plainfield South in the opening round of Hinsdale South's Brenda Whitesell Invitational.
The OT scoring run created a 63-57 lead before the Cougars closed to 63-61 with 54 seconds left.
Two free throws by freshman starting point guard Molly Sheehan and another from Alex Hughes opened a 66-61 lead with 5.1 seconds left. The Cougars scored at the buzzer.
Senior Claire Lozier scored 14 of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. Sheehan (16 points) and Hughes (11 points, 15 rebounds) also scored in double figures, and Abby Howell and Tina Rivera each added eight points. Rivera helped the Red Devils overcoming two players fouling out in the fourth quarter by adding six steals, three in the fourth or OT. 
The Red Devils were 10 for 21 shooting in the fourth quarter and OT after going 13 of 46 over the first three quarters.
With 12.5 seconds left in regulation, the Red Devils called a timeout after a Cougars' bucket tied the game 55-55. After Lozier missed a corner shot, Plainfield South senior Anya Brooks (16 points, 19 rebounds) drove the length of the court but missed a jumper from the left of the key at the buzzer.

Hinsdale Central statistics leaders
Claire Lozier:
19 points with 3 threes, 6-for-6 free throw shooting
Molly Sheehan: 16 points with 2 threes, 6-for-6 free throw shooting, 4 assists
Alex Hughes: 11 points, 15 rebounds, 3 steals
Tina Rivera: 8 points, 6 steals
Abby Howell: 8 points with 2 threes, 2 blocks
Chinaza Nwapka: 6 rebounds
Cassie Kruse: 5 rebounds
Madeleine Bokich: 3 rebounds
Katie Porter: Assist

Editor's note: Individual statistics are based on staff reports and are unofficial.

Hinsdale Central 66, Plainfield South 63 (OT)

Plainfield South — Smith 5 4-6 16, Brooks 6 4-10 16, Rose 0 0-0 0, Raymond 3 1-3 8, Lordan 4 1-4 10, Hillery 1 1-2 3, Cadwell 2 2-3 6, Brennan 0 0-0 0, James 1 0-2 2, Mabry 1 0-0 2. Totals: 23 13-30 63.

Hinsdale Central — Sheehan 4 6-6 16, Hughes 3 5-9 11, Lozier 8 2-4 19, Howell 3 0-0 8, Kruse 1 0-0 2, Nwankpa 0 2-4 2, Rivera 4 0-2 8, Porter 0 0-0 0, Bokich 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 15-25 66.


Plainfield South 6 16 16 17 8—63

Hinsdale Central 15 8 9 23 11—66

3-point baskets: PS: Smith 2, Raymond, Lordan; HC: Sheehan 2, Howell 2, Lozier. Fouled out: HC: Kruse, Nwankpa.

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at Hinsdale Central

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Hinsdale Central girls basketball program records (after 2016-17 season)

Hinsdale Central girls basketball career statistics of 2016-17 players

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