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High school girls basketball: Johnsburg, Marengo drop Carmel Sectional semifinal games

Indians finish at 24-7; Johnsburg leads top-seeded St. Viator at halftime before losing first semifinal

Marengo's Hannah Ritter handles the ball against Carmels Brigit Barr during a Class 3A Carmel Sectional semifinal Monday in Mundelein. Marengo lost, 62-56, in overtime.
Marengo's Hannah Ritter handles the ball against Carmels Brigit Barr during a Class 3A Carmel Sectional semifinal Monday in Mundelein. Marengo lost, 62-56, in overtime.

MUNDELEIN – The experience Marengo gained in big games over the past two years, including an overtime regional final win over Burlington Central last season, gave the Indians plenty of confidence as they headed to extra time against Carmel.

"There's pressure there, but we were just thinking about last year when we took [Burlington] to overtime," senior Hannah Ritter said. "And nobody expected us to pull that one out."

Things didn't quite go the same way for the Indians this time.

After senior Marissa Knobloch hit two free throws with 14.9 seconds left to send Monday's Class 3A Carmel Sectional semifinal to overtime, the fifth-seeded Corsairs caught fire.

Carmel made three of the team's five total 3s in overtime and went on to beat No. 2-seeded Marengo, 62-56, ending the Indians' season in the sectional semifinals for the second year in a row.

Carmel (15-17) advances to face top-seeded St. Viator (24-8) at 7 p.m. Thursday in the final. St. Viator beat Johnsburg, 51-35, in the first semifinal Monday.

The Corsairs outscored Marengo, 30-21, in the fourth quarter and overtime, shooting 53.3 percent (8 of 15) and making 10 of 14 free throws. Marengo, meanwhile, shot 33.3 percent (7 of 21) and hit 4 of 4 free throws.

"We were really working in the fourth quarter on getting good shots," said Knobloch, who had 17 points and three 3s to lead Marengo. "Our intensity wasn't enough. We were feeling really good [in overtime]. Everybody was moving the ball and finding the open man."

Marengo (24-7) and Carmel exchanged leads four times to start overtime. Carmel took its last lead, 57-54, with 1:15 remaining on a 3 from Brigit Barr, her third of the game. Marengo's Erin Haeflinger scored on a putback with 42.9 seconds left to make it 57-56.

The Indians wouldn't score again, and the Corsairs hit 5 of 6 free throws to seal the win.

Jordan Parker and Jennifer Heinberg (three 3s) had 14 and 13 points, respectively, and Ritter had seven points and seven assists for the Indians.

Marengo won back-to-back regional titles for the first time since winning three in a row from 1995 to 1997.

"They knew they could be special, and they put the time in," Marengo coach Nick Rode said. "I think they wanted a sectional title to their name to leave their mark with another banner in the gym, but this group's been terrific and a joy to coach."

In the first semifinal, the Skyhawks (19-12) led St. Viator, 16-15, at halftime, holding the Lions to 5-of-27 shooting. After the break, St. Viator knocked down five of its first seven shots and took a 38-27 lead after three.

Megan Madsen had 12 points, Macy Madsen had nine, and Morgan Madsen tossed in seven points and 12 rebounds for Johnsburg.

Twin seniors Megan Madsen and Morgan Madsen were a part of three regional titles.

"It means a lot because I don't know if I'm playing in college," Morgan Madsen said. "I love my coaches, love my teammates. It was a great atmosphere and game to end on."

"I love playing for Johnsburg, and it's sad that it's ending, but I have a lot of memories now," Megan Madsen added.


Marissa Knobloch

Marengo, sr., G

Knobloch led all players with 17 points in her final varsity game. She finished the season averaging 19.8 points a game with 81 3-pointers.


3: Carmel made three of the team's five total 3-pointers in overtime


Johnsburg senior Morgan Madsen set the team's single-season record with 305 rebounds.

Class 3A Carmel Sectional

St. Viator 51, Johnsburg 35

JOHNSBURG (35):Me. Madsen 4 3-3 12, Owen 1 0-0 3, Straulin 0 2-2 2, Mo. Madsen 2 3-5 7, Ma. Madsen 4 1-1 9, Metze 0 0-2 0, Wetzel 0 2-2 2. Totals: 11 11-15 35.

ST. VIATOR (51):Ahram 3 1-2 8, E. Horbach 3 0-0 9, Bergstrom 4 2-2 12, DeJulio 1 0-0 2, DeZellar 2 2-4 6. Morrisey 2 2-3 6, A. Horbach 1 0-0 2, Krause 2 0-1 6. Totals: 18 7-12 51.

Johnsburg 8 8 11 8 – 35

St. Viator 9 6 23 13 – 51

3-point goals:Johnsburg 2 (Me. Madsen, Owen), St. Viator 8 (E. Horbach 3, Bergstrom 2, Krause 2, Ahram). Total fouls:Johnsburg 14, St. Viator 16.

Carmel 62, Marengo 56

MARENGO (56):Heinberg 4 2-2 13, Knobloch 5 4-4 17, L. Aubry 0 1-2 1, Ritter 2 3-4 7, Parker 5 2-2 14, Haeflinger 2 0-0 4. Totals: 18 12-14 56. 

CARMEL (62):Lach 3 10-16 16, Teehan 3 3-4 11, Barr 8 0-0 19, Sullivan 7 2-2 16. Totals: 21 15-22 62.

Marengo 9 16 10 13 8 – 56

Carmel 6 11 15 16 14 – 62

3-point goals:Marengo 7 (Heinberg 3 Knobloch 3, Parker 2), Carmel 5 (Barr 3, Teehan 2). Total fouls:Marengo 19, Carmel 16. 

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