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Larkin's Quixmia Washington (from left), Elgin's Abby Pierre-Louis, Larkin's Shawndrea Hill and Elgin's Destiny West battle for a loose ball Monday. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
The slow and steady revival of the Elgin basketball program entered another phase on Monday night. The Maroons captured their first playoff victory since 2009 with a 47-42 win over crosstown rival Larkin in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A Streamwood Regional.
Elgin moves on to play South Elgin on Tuesday in the semifinals.
It was the Maroons ninth win of the season which is the most for the team in ten years. Kristin Tayag led the way with 20 points. Abby Pierre-Louis added 15 points.
It was the fourth meeting between the two teams this season. Larkin won the first, but Elgin won the last three.
“It’s an exciting win for our program,” Elgin coach Nick Bumbales said. “We definitely feel things are beginning to turnaround and are heading in the right direction.
Larkin scored the final five points of the third quarter to tie the score at 33-33 entering the fourth quarter. However, Elgin broke it open with a 12-0 run to take a 45-33 lead. Elgin made 7 of 8 free throws during the run. Pierre-Louis had six of the points and Tayag added a three-pointer during the rally.
“We got a little disheveled when they tied it up,” said Tayag. “It was nerve-wracking. But we got ourselves composed and once we got our heads together we started making some plays. We are a pretty good shooting team and we were able to find the holes in their zone.”
Larkin jumped out to an early 15-9 lead after one quarter, but shot just 12-for-45 (27 percent) from the field the rest of the way. The Royals fell behind 22-19 when the Maroons went on an 8-0 run to end the first half.
The Royals (3-25) did not go down without a fight even after falling behind by 12 points in the fourth quarter. A three-pointer by Quixmia Washington cut the deficit to 45-40 with 1:18 left to play. The Royals missed a chance to get even closer but missed a pair of open layups with just over a minute to play.
“A few too many missed opportunities,” Larkin coach Ruben Flores said. “I’m proud of the way the girls fought hard right to the end
Washington had a game high 24 points for the Royals.
Dundee-Crown 61, Jacobs 45
In earlier action at Streamwood, Dundee-Crown avenged two regular season losses and knocked off Jacobs 61-45.
The Chargers (4-23) will play the host Sabres at 6 p.m. in Tuesday’s semifinals.
The score was deadlocked 19-19 at the half before D-C exploded for 23 points in the third quarter to take a 42-33 lead. The Chargers scored the first seven points of the second half with baskets from Emily Michalski and Jillian Weichmann and a three-pointer from Lauren Lococo.
“The girls came with a little more intensity this time,” said D-C coach Michelle Russell. “It was nice to get a little revenge. Now we hope we can do the same with Streamwood.”
The Chargers lost to the Sabres during the regular season.
The Chargers fell behind 9-1 early, but turned it around. Michalski had 17 points to lead the Chargers in scoring.
“I had a lot more confidence driving to the basket,” said Michalski. “We got off to a slow start, but the adrenaline kicked in and we really stepped it up.”
Weichmann added 12 points for the Chargers. Jordan Bartelt finished with 11 points.
Payton Berg had a team-high 15 points for the Golden Eagles, who finished the season at 3-23.
“This time of the year comes down to defending, rebounding, and free-throw shooting,” said Jacobs coach Joe Benoit. “We struggled with all three. You give a team too many opportunities in the postseason and you go home.”