Meadows Maintains East Lead
Byline: John Leusch firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite a 92-37 victory by Rolling Meadows over Buffalo Grove two weeks ago, the two girls basketball teams were tied 10-10 late in the first quarter in their Mid-Suburban East second-round game on Wednesday.
But that's when the state's No. 3-ranked Class 4A team kicked into another gear.
With standout guard Jackie Kemph scoring 13 of her game-high 20 points, the Mustangs went on a 20-1 tear to break the game open en route to a 62-37 victory.
Meadows improved to 21-1 and 7-0, remaining 1 game in front of Elk Grove (15-8, 6-1) in the East. The two teams will play on the Grens' floor at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
"That will not be an easy game," said Mustangs junior forward Ashley Montanez (10 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals), who can make it look so easy when she finishes layups on the Mustangs' fastbreak. "We have to play our game."
The Mustangs' game was without the services of all-area junior forward Jenny Vliet for a good portion of the game. Despite battling illness, she managed to pull down 8 rebounds before being sidelined in the second half.
"With Jenny out we needed other kids to step up and do all the little things she does for us," said Mustangs coach Ryan Kirkorsky. "And I thought it was the best game I've seen Alexis (Glasgow) play all season."
Glasgow, who had to switch from the perimeter to a post, collected 11 points, 3 assists and 3 steals.
"It was good for us to be put in different positions with the playoffs coming up," Glasgow said. "Because we know a lot of team are scouting us and we don't know what they are going to do against us. So it's definitely good to be able to play other positions. I knew I had take over some of the rebounding without Jenny."
"It wasn't so much about Alexis' points but she made her teammates better and more physical on defense. I thought Ashley (Montanez) and Morgan (Keller) played very well, too."
Keller finished with 10 points, including the first two buckets of the fourth quarter which gave the Mustangs a 50-33 lead. …