PALOS HEIGHTS – The No. 17 University of St. Francis women’s basketball team outscored Trinity Christian, 25-14, in the final quarter to rally for a 71-64 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory on Wednesday.
The Saints (18-7, 14-3), who have won six straight, trailed, 48-41, late in the third quarter before closing to within 50-46 with 10 minutes remaining.
They moved in front for good,
64-62, with 2:32 left on a layup by Leah Sims, then Allee Hernandez hit a 3, Sims made another layup, and Nicole Davidson and Kaitlin Aylward each hit a free throw to make it 71-62 with
29 seconds left.
Leading the way for USF were Aylward (21 points, eight rebounds, six steals), Hernandez (15 points), Ivana Markovic (nine points), Davidson (nine points) and Sims (nine points).
Joliet 85, Milwaukee Tech 58: The Wolves (20-7, 6-5) picked up their 20th win of the season as Deesha Brefford scored a season-high 30 points and added four assists and four steals. Other JJC leaders were Talia Edwards (14 points, 12 rebounds), Kianna Campbell (11 points, five assists, four steals) and Destiny Villalejo (nine rebounds).
St. Francis 63, Trinity Christian 54: The Saints were paced by Iain Morison (21 points, nine rebounds), Pietro Badalassi (14 points), Jorden Thornton (12 points) and Antonio Hughes (nine points).
Peotone 39, Reed-Custer 30: The Blue Devils advanced to Thursday’s Class 2A Reed-Custer Regional title game against Paxton-Buckley-Loda. McKenna Evans (16 points) paced Peotone, while the Comets were led by Antoinette Hill (16 points).
Seneca 56, Putnam County 45: The Irish advanced to Friday’s 2A Flanagan-Cornell Regional title game against the hosts.
Dwight 67, Gardner-South Wilmington 47: The Trojans advanced to Thursday’s 1A Illinois Lutheran Regional final against Cissna Park.