The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 8, 2008 · Page 317
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PAGE 10 SECTION 2 DAILY HERALD SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2008 To report ymtr seem By telephone (847) -5/3-2765 (847) 6803189 dallyherald.com Local Sports More prep pictures daiiyherald.com You'll find more high school sports photographs available when you log on to our Web site. NC earns coveted super shot BY JOE AGUILAR jaguilnrfMailyhrmld.com As if North Chicago hadn't faced enough determined shooters, the Warhawks had to endure a few more. Following their 71-66 win over pesky Guerin College Prep in the teams' Class 3A sectional final Friday night, the Warhawks mugged for digital and cell-phone cameras in the middle of Antioch's basketball court. A team picture was followed by another, followed by another, and yet another. Thejyhole process took exceptionally long. And while some exhausted North Chicago players grew understandably aggravated, groaning, shrugging shoulders and raising eyebrows, one thing stayed consistent. Smiles. N. Chicago 71, Guerin 66 Suffice it to say, their fans finally got the shots they wanted. Now, the Warhawks get the shot they want. A Marshall match. North Chicago (25-4) will play Marshall, a 71-58 winner over Wheaton St. Francis in the Riverside-Brookfield sectional final, in the Sears Centre supersectional at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Hoffman Estates. "We've been playing each other since the summer," Warhawks coach Gerald Coleman said. "The players know each other. It's going to be a fun game. It's going to be an up-tempo game. We got to make every possession See WARHAWKS on PAGE 9 STEVE LUNDY/slu ndy@dailyherald.com North Chicago's Blake Collins, front, and Patrick Terrell celebrate after beating Guerin in the Class 3A Antioch sectional title game Friday night. There's just no stopping Z-B Zee-Bees show they deserved top seed, handle Schaumburg BY LARRY WEINDRUCH Daily Herald Correspondent Schaumburg's tournament run and 6-game winning streak came to an end Friday ___^_^^^__ when the No. 7 Saxons lost 54- to Zion-Benton 54 Schaumburg 41 MARK WELSH/mwcL5h@dailyherald.com • Schaurtburg's Cully Payne preparesHo attack the basket but first has to gauge the descent of Zion-Benton's Ira Williams, ps(WWWPWW»»iW^^ 41 top- seeded Zion-Benton 54-41 in the championship game of the Harrington 4A sectional boys basketball tournament. And there was little doubt the Zee-Bees deserved their No. 1 seed. While being held to fewer than 60 points for just the fifth time all season, Zion- Benton (30-3) relied on its defense and rebounding to lead virtually the entire game. Z-B advances to Tuesday's DeKalb supersectional at Northern Illinois' Convocation Center and will face FJgin (21-9), which defeated Rockford Boylan 70-67 in the Jacobs sectional final. "They're the best team we've played all year," said Schaumburg junior Cully Payne, who led all scorers with 20 points despite getting special attention from the Zion-Benton defense and guard Rodney Clinkscales. "They played straight man, but I had to work hard for every shot." "It was a great defensive effort," said Zion-Benton coach Don Kloth. "We stressed rebounding and not turning the ball over." The Zee-Bees outre- bounded Schaumburg 32-28 and committed only 9 turnovers to 13 for the Saxons. "It was a hard physical game," Kloth said. r 'Both teams gave 100 percent This was some of the best defense we've played all year." And other than Payne, the Saxons (19-10) weren't able to solve that defense with any consistency. The next high scorer for Schaumburg was Sean Everitt with 6 points on a pair of second-quarter 3 pointers. , "They really hurt us on the offensive boards," Schaumburg coach Bob Williams said. MARK WELSH/mwelsh@dailyherald.com Schaumburg's Dan Slowik battles Zion-Benton's Lenzelle Smith under the basket. "We knew they were going to crash the boards, but knowing it and doing something about it are two different things. "They've got a nice team," Williams said. "They're athletic at every position. There's no shame losing to Zion- Benton." The last time the Saxons led came less than three minutes into the contest, when Dan Slowik's basket gave them a 41 lead. Zion-Benton led 11-6 after one quarter and 22-17 at halftime. Schaumburg made its only serious run of the second half when the Saxons outscored the Zee-Bees 8-1 to cut a 2919 deficit to 30-27 when Payne hit a 3-pointer with 3:36 left in the quarter. The Zee-Bees responded with a 6-2 spurt to end the quarter with a 36-29 lead. Payne made 2 baskets early in the fourth quarter to. put the margin to 40-33, bu,t Zion scored 7 unanswered points "We knew they were going to crash the boards, but knowing it and doing something about it are two different things." Schaumburg coach Bob Williams for a 47-33 lead, which it protected down the stretch. "Everything we did, they responded," Payne said. <r Given their athleticism, the speed of the game was a little more than we were used to," Williams said. "We started doubting ourselves and got hesitant, and against a team like Zion-Benton, that's lethal." Sophomore Lenzelle Smith scored 17 points and was backed up offensively by MarkusYarbroughni points) and Quintrell love (10 points). - -* -*• — --* •

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