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Girls Basketball: Young beats Marian Catholic 60-20 in Class 4A semifinal

Whitney Young's Madinah Muhammad (20) drives past Marian's TeniyPage (1) during first quarter Friday evening's IHSA girl's Class 4A semifinal

Whitney Young's Madinah Muhammad (20) drives past Marian's Teniya Page (1) during the first quarter of Friday evening's IHSA girl's Class 4A semifinal game at Illinois State's Redbird Arena in Normal, Ill., March 7, 2014. | Brian O'Mahoney/For Sun-Times Media

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Class 4A

(at Redbird Arena, Normal)

Friday’s state semifinals

Rolling Meadows 51, Geneva 43

Young 60,
Marian Catholic 20

Third place: Geneva (26-6) vs. Marian Catholic (27-5), 6:30 p.m. Saturday

Championship: Rolling Meadows (29-4) vs. Young (31-3) 8:15 p.m. Saturday

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Updated: April 10, 2014 6:43AM



NORMAL — Young avenged last year’s 24-point loss to Marian Catholic in the Class 4A semifinals, scoring the first 16 points of the game en route to a stunningly easy 60-20 victory Friday in a Class 4A state semifinal at Redbird Arena.

Young (31-3) will play Rolling Meadows (29-4) at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the state championship game.

Revenge certainly was on the mind of Young’s 6-5 senior Khaalia Hillsman, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds Friday. In last year’s loss to Marian Catholic, she had just four points and five rebounds.

“I wanted to avenge last year’s loss real bad,” Hillsman said. “I’m always ... the feeling of last year always kind of lingered with me, so I was glad we were able to pull this out. It was really fun. As a team we were having so much fun together.

“Every time we scored it was great, but at the same time when we scored we didn’t lose our focus,” she added. “I think we did a good job keeping our focus.”

The Dolphins led 20-4 after eight minutes and 35-8 at halftime.

“I thought as a team we hustled and did a lot of the things we had to do,” said Young coach Corry Irvin, who is taking the Dolphins to their fifth championship game in seven years. “We had to stop Teniya (Page) and Ashton (Millender), who I thought we did a good job on.

“Offensively, we felt we had an inside presence,” she added. “That was one of the things we wanted to do. We have a few people that could get the ball inside. We were effectively able to score inside, which opened up a lot of other options.”

Young dominated the boards, outrebounding Marian Catholic 49-26.

“Rebounding is definitely something we focus on every day and one of the things everyone brings to us,” Irvin said. “We focus on everybody being able to rebound, not just one or two people.”

Young’s Kiki Lewis, who wasn’t a part of last year’s loss after injuring a knee prior to the season, made her presence felt with a team-high 15 points and eight rebounds.

“I just came out strong,” Lewis said. “I wanted to get them back. I think a lot of people thought it was going to be the same type of game (as last year). We knew the things we had to do to win this game.”

Tanita Allen added 12 points for Young and junior Madinah Muhammad added 10 points.

Ashton Millender led Marian Catholic (27-5) with 14 points.



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