The Rolling Meadows girls basketball team plays the game at a pace that might best be described as frenetic.
Friday night visiting Prospect was able to stay right with the Mustangs for two quarters — but the second half was a different story.
Meadows used a 15-5 run to open the third quarter enroute to a 60-40 Mid-Suburban East victory.
“They’re the best — and fastest — team we’ve played this season by far,” said Knights sophomore guard Taylor Will, who scored 15 points. “We tried to slow them down because they like to go coast-to-coast and get a lot of layups, but it didn’t work out as well as we’d hoped.”
Junior guard Jackie Kemph led the way for the undefeated Mustangs (13-0, 4-0), scoring a game-high 19 points, dishing out 8 assists and collecting 5 steals.
Six-foot-2 junior Jenny Vliet grabbed 12 boards as Meadows turned a 26-17 halftime lead into a 19-point advantage midway through the third quarter.
Alexis Glasgow scored 12 of her 15 points in the third, including two consecutive 3-pointers that all but put the contest away.
“You have to give Prospect a lot of credit,” said Mustangs coach Ryan Kirkorsky. “They were mixing up their defenses, and we were missing some shots that we usually make.
“We like to say that everything comes on our defense, and we opened up the second half communicating a lot better and rotating on defense. We came out with a lot of energy.”
Knights (7-6, 1-3) guard Adriane Falagario opened the fourth quarter with 5 straight points but the Meadows defense, led by strong efforts from guards Allie Kemph and Sami Kay, clamped down and didn’t let Prospect back in the game.
Ashley Montanez scored 9 points and added 5 rebounds for Meadows, while Falagario had 10 points for the Knights and teammate Catherine Sherwood pitched in with 6.
Will added 6 rebounds to along with her team-high point total.
“They’re (Rolling Meadows) a great basketball team, and they do the little things it takes to win,” said Prospect coach Ashley Graham. “They represent our league very well.”
“But I thought our kids battled for 32 minutes. They were locked in in practice this week, and they came out tonight and gave it everything they had.”Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.