The IHSA announced the pairings for the Class 3A and 4A girls basketball tournaments Friday, with Genoa-Kingston, Sycamore, Kaneland and DeKalb finding out their postseason schedules.
DeKalb hosts a 4A regional as the No. 19 seed and faces No. 13 Conant at 6 p.m. on Monday. The winner will face No. 4 Wheaton North at 6 p.m. Tuesday, with the title game at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Sycamore and Kaneland are both in the 3A Sycamore regional. The No. 2 Spartans will face either No. 8 Plano or No. 9 Sandwich at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The No. 3 Knights will face No. 5 St. Edward at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, with the championship game at 7 p.m. Thursday.
No. 6 Genoa-Kingston heads to the Marengo regional. The No. 6 Cogs will face No. 10 Belvidere in a play-in game at 7 p.m. Monday. The winner faces No. 1 Burlington Central at 6 p.m. Tuesday with the title game 7 p.m. Thursday.
Kaneland runs out of steam, falls at Sterling: For a half, Kaneland kept Sterling within striking distance, but a poor shooting night and turnovers hampered the Knights in a 57-41 loss at Musgrove Fieldhouse.
Kaneland (9-15, 3-6 Northern Illinois Big 12) cut it to a one-possession game on four separate occasions in the second quarter, but never held a lead in the game. Trevor Carlson scored all eight of his points off the bench in the second quarter, and Rhett Espe’s layup with a second left in the half got the Knights close, but never ahead.
“We proved that when we get aggressive like two sophomores, Ethan Feiza and Blake Carlson did, they showed what we can do when we sort of play with reckless abandon,” Kaneland coach Joe Conroy said. “It doesn’t matter if you know what you’re running, just attack pressure with pressure. I’m incredibly proud of them.”
The Knights committed 12 turnovers in the first half and 17 for the game, and were outrebounded, 31-16. A 32-percent shooting night (15 for 47) didn’t help Kaneland’s cause, either. Espe had a team-high 10 points, while Kyle Stuart added eight.
Genoa-Kingston tops North Boone: In a low-scoring affair, the Cogs defeated North Boone, 36-30.
Neither team scored double digits during the first three quarters as Genoa-Kingston (13-11, 4-5) trailed 22-20 heading into the fourth. The Cogs, however, outscored North Boone, 16-8, in the final quarter as they went 8 for 10 from the free-throw line down the stretch.
Taylor Gilbert led all scorers with 22 points, shooting a perfect 13 of 13 from the free-throw line.
G-K boys fall at Winnebago: The Cogs got 22 from Nate Nesler but fell, 68-48.
Winnebago improved to 20-1 overall with a 22-point game from 6-foot, 9-inch center Andrew Morrisey. The Cogs fell to 7-16 overall.