The high school girls basketball season was filled with memorable moments. DeKalb captured another Northern Illinois Big 12 East title and Hinckley-Big Rock advanced to its sixth sectional championship in seven years.
Here are the top 10 games the Daily Chronicle covered during the 2012-13 season.
10. Annawan 64, Hinckley-Big Rock 44, in Class 1A Oglesby Sectional final
The Royals played Annawan tough for most of the game, closing to within nine points, 49-40, at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Annawan finished third place in the state. The sectional title game marked H-BR’s sixth in seven years after missing out in 2012.
9. DeKalb 36, Sycamore 18, at NIU Convocation Center on Jan. 25
It was a prototypical defensive effort from the Barbs, who overwhelmed a young Sycamore team in their first meeting this year. DeKalb remained undefeated in the NI Big 12 East as Rachel Torres led the team with 11 points.
8. Indian Creek 51, Amboy 37, in Class 1A Hinckley-Big Rock Regional semifinals
Indian Creek had one of its best stretches of the season in the first half, racing out to a 30-13 halftime lead. Samantha Mosley led the Timberwolves with 17 points as Indian Creek advanced to the regional championship game.
7. Kaneland 54, Rochelle 47 (OT), on Jan. 8
The Knights rallied from a five-point deficit in the final minute to force overtime and eventually pull out a crucial conference win. Allyson O’Herron nailed a 3-pointer and then Ashley Prost’s driving layup tied the score at 41. Kaneland dominated overtime to improve to 11-6 on the year.
6. DeKalb 50, Sycamore 26, on Feb. 7
Coming off their first conference loss of the season, the Barbs put together another dominating effort over their rival. Playing without Torres, DeKalb was led by Maddy Johnson’s 17 points, and the Barbs held Sycamore to only five points in each of the first two quarters.
5. Hinckley-Big Rock 42, Putnam County 30, in Class 1A Oglesby Sectional semifinals
H-BR coach Greg Burks said the Royals put together their best defensive performance of the season in a 12-point win. Abbie Tosch scored 19 points and Lauren Paver added 14.
4. Huntley 50, DeKalb 46, in Class 4A Belvidere North Regional semifinals
This game was worthy of being played for a sectional or super-sectional title. A back-and-forth affair saw four different ties in the fourth quarter, but Huntley was able to stifle DeKalb’s offense down the stretch. The Red Raiders went on to advance to the state semifinals.
Brittney Patrick and Torres each had 12 points to lead the Barbs, who finished the season 23-5.
3. Sycamore 49, Kaneland 48 (OT), on Jan. 28
A battle of youth versus experience turned into another conference battle. Bailey Gilbert knocked down a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter, but the Knights responded. Brooke Harner helped send the game into overtime, hitting a layup with 39 seconds left and tying the score with a free throw after being fouled on the lay-in attempt.
Julia Moll’s 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining was called off after a timeout was called just before the shot attempt. Sycamore rallied in overtime and escaped with a one-point win, which the Spartans called their biggest of the season to that point.
2. Plano 52, Kaneland 51, in Class 3A Burlington Central Regional semifinals
Kaneland looked overmatched and overwhelmed when Plano took a 16-point lead after the first quarter and stretched the margin to 20 before halftime. The Knights’ offense started to get on track in the third quarter, but still trailed by 15 with eight minutes remaining.
The Knights started the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run and a layup by Prost with just less than two minutes to go put Kaneland within one. They forced another Plano turnover and had two different possessions to win it. But O’Herron’s 3-pointer with one second remaining bounced off the front rim as Kaneland’s comeback fell just short.
1. Hinckley-Big Rock 46, Indian Creek 45 (OT), in Class 1A Hinckley-Big Rock Regional final
After splitting two regular-season meetings with the Royals, Indian Creek looked poised to end H-BR’s streak of regional championships. The Timberwolves held a seven-point lead in the third quarter, but couldn’t hold on. Trailing by one, H-BR’s Bridgette Edmeier was fouled on a jumpshot and made one of two free throws to force overtime.
Lauren Paver made H-BR’s only field goal in overtime, but the Royals’ pressure defense was too much for Indian Creek as H-BR won its seventh consecutive regional title.