Friday's state finals action were unreal with games that were supposed to be tight not being that way. In Class 3A, Vernon Hills upset three-time defending champion Montini 48-45 in overtime after getting 21 points from Lauren Webb and ten points from Meri Bennett-Swanson. Montini got 18 points from Kelly Karlis but shooting just 27% from the field killed Montini's chances. Vernon Hills will play Quincy Notre Dame, who beat Morton 67-51. Notre Dame ran out to a 24-5 lead after one quarter and never looked back. Kassidy Gengenbacher had 15 points to lead Quincy Notre Dame while Kristen Gengenbacher had 13, Jordan Frericks added 12 and May Beth Hugenberg finished with ten points. Quincy Notre Dame is now 30-0 heading into Saturday's title game and will be a heavy favorite in that contest against 31-2 Vernon Hills.
In Class 4A, Rolling Meadows struggled early against Huntley but pulled away in the end for a 61-44 victory. Jenny Vliet led Rolling Meadows with 18 points while Alexis Glasgow added 16 points. Huntley was led by Ali Andrews with 14 points while sister Sam had 13 points. Bethany Zornow had ten points for Huntley, who finished 26-8. Rolling Meadows, who got 12 points from leading scorer Jackie Kemph, will face Marian Catholic in the championship game. Marian Catholic steamrolled Whitney Young 63-39 in the other semifinal. Ashton Millender had 29 points to nearly single-handedly beat Whitney Young. Taylor Brame and Linnae Harper each had nine points for Whitney Young. Rolling Meadows (30-3) and Marian Catholic (32-1) played once already this season with Rolling Meadows giving Marian Catholic their only loss of the year on Dec. 28 in a 61-55 win. Kemph scored 27 points to lead Rolling Meadows on that night.