Girls Basketball: Waukegan can’t hang with Buffalo GroveGURNEE Monday Feb 13 2012
Waukegan's Kai Mays | Michelle LaVigne~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 13, 2012 10:04PM
Buffalo Grove outscored Waukegan 22-6 in the first 9:04 of the second half to break open a tight game and the Bison went on to beat Waukegan 46-35 Monday in the Class 4A Warren Regional.
Buffalo Grove (the 15th seed, 7-23) will face Rolling Meadows (2nd seed) at 6 tonight in the semifinals.
Buffalo Grove lost twice to Rolling Meadows during the season — 60-42 and 47-39.
Waukegan calls it a season at 3-25.
The Bulldogs trailed just 19-17 at halftime but Bison point guard Kim Herzog sparked the winners with all 10 of her points in the second half.
Waukegan did make an 8-0 run late to get within 45-35 with 1:11 to play, but that was the best it could do.
“The girls played hard. They’ve played hard all season,” said Waukegan coach Brandon Brown. “Having to come back (from behind) every game takes its tool on you.”
Brown’s lineup included three sophomores and two juniors.
“We have a good group of girls coming back,” Brown said. “We’re only losing one senior. We have some numbers coming up so, hopefully, we’ll be able to rest some girls next year.”
Against Buffalo Grove, Jeanette Spiller had a game-high 15 points. Syerra Cunningham, the team’s tower in the middle, finished with six points and 10 rebounds.
She didn’t score until there was 3:48 left in the game. Up to that point, she’d only taken three shots and did not play her usual heavy minutes.
Waukegan was 14-of-55 (25 percent) shooting from the field, including 3-of-13 from behind the arc.
Buffalo Grove was 18-of-43 shooting. in front of maybe 50 people in a gym that can hold 2,500-plus.
Besides Herzog, Bailey North and Alyssa Mills also had 10 points each.
“Honestly, I thought Kim Herzog set the tone with her defense,” said winning coach Pat Dudle. “She sparked us with energy.
“We were able to go on a run to get some separation.”