A look inside the Class 3A state tournament field

Posted: Feb. 28, 2013 5:16 am Updated: Mar. 14, 2013 1:15 pm

Quincy Notre Dame Lady Raiders (28-0)

Ranked No. 2 in final state poll

Coach Eric Orne (331-73, 13th season)

69.5 points per game º 38.5 points allowed per game


The Lady Raiders enter the Class 3A state tournament looking to become the fourth team in state history to win three consecutive state titles and the first to do it in two different classes. QND is led by University of Missouri commit Jordan Frericks, who has 1,907 career points, and Kassidy Gengenbacher, who has 1,746 points. How much offense Mary Beth Hugenberg (10.3 points per game), Kristen Gengenbacher (9.6) and Cassidy Foley (5.3) provide may determine if QND extends its 51-game winning streak.


Morton Potters (30-4)

Ranked No. 9 in final state poll

Coach Bob Beck (289-129, 14th season)

51.7 points per game º 36.6 points allowed per game


Making its second appearance at state in school history, the Potters are led by 6-foot-2 forward Sarah Livingston, who averages 12.6 points per game and has committed to the University of Illinois. Livingston is the sister of current Cleveland Cavaliers forward Shaun Livingston, who was Mr. Basketball in 2004 after leading Peoria Central to back-to-back state championships. Two of Morton's losses came when Livingston was out with an ankle injury. Chandler Ryan (11.2 points per game) and Kate Byrne (9.8) also give the Potters some punch on offense.


Lombard Montini Lady Broncos (34-1)

Ranked No. 1 in final state poll

Coach Jason Nichols (362-67, 13th season)

59.5 points per game º 34.5 points allowed per game


Kateri Stone, a 6-foot-1 junior guard, leads a Lady Broncos team trying to become the first girls basketball team in IHSA history to win four consecutive state titles. Stone is the only Montini player in double figures, averaging 11.7 points per game. The Lady Broncos do have significant size inside, led by 6-4 center Malayna Johnson, who averages 8.4 points and 7.3 rebounds, and 6-2 junior forward Kelly Karlis. Johnson has commited committed to the University of Wisconsin. Montini's only loss was a 45-31 setback to Peoria Richwoods at the Sterling Christmas Tournament. Montini owns wins over Rolling Meadows and Chicago Whitney Young, which are in the final four in Class 4A.


Vernon Hills Cougars (30-2)

Ranked No. 7 in final state poll

Coach Paul Brettner (193-198, 13th season)

54.7 points per game º 35.1 points allowed per game


The Cougars are led by two NCAA Division I players, 5-10 junior guard Sydney Smith, who has committed to Vermont, and 6-2 senior center Meri Bennett-Swanson, who committed to DePaul. Smith is averaging 13.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Bennett-Swanson averages 10.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Vernon Hills lost to Montini 56-38 in the championship game last season.

-- Josh Rizzo


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