Byline: Kathy Rudolph Daily Herald Correspondent
Palatine did such a good job of keeping Rolling Meadows out of the lane in the early stages of Friday night's regional final that the host Mustangs were only able to score 2 points in the first four minutes of the contest.
But back-to-back 3-point field goals by Glenn Paddack opened up the middle and started Meadows on its way to a 54-42 victory.
Meadows (18-10) will play Fremd (24-3), which beat Larkin 56-40, in Wednesday's 7:30 p.m. sectional semifinal at Hersey. The Vikings topped Meadows 60-51 in the MSL championship game last week.
Three-pointers by Andy Bohn and Mike Featherly helped Palatine (18-10) take an 8-2 lead.
At that point, Meadows coach Dave Brown called a timeout. When play resumed, Paddack hit a 3 with 4:03 left in the quarter and tied it with another with 2:59 remaining.
"We were trying to get (Dan) Sommerschield and Paddack to hit the 3s because that'd pull them out more (on defense)," Brown said.
That's exactly what happened. With Palatine having to come out to guard against the 3-pointer, the inside opened up for Rob Garnes and the 6-foot-4 junior forward didn't waste the opportunity.
He scored all 6 of his team's points in the final 2:27 of the period, which ended with the Mustangs in front 14-13. …