Now it's official. Home-standing Johnsburg will matchup with Carmel come Wednesday night. The Skyhawks (4-24) had a rare blowout on Monday night. Johnsburg coach Brad Frey was able to use his bench most of the night in a 69-14 romp over Chicago North Grand in game one of the Johnsburg Regional.
Now the task becomes much harder. While the visiting Eagle Owls were seeded 19th in the Vernon Hills Sectional, Carmel of Mundelein is the second seed.
"Carmel is good,'' Frey said. "They are a nice team. We'll give it the best effort we've got."
Maybe the game with North Grand was close for a few minutes. But with sophomore Trace Chase stealing most every Eagle Owls pass and Kayla Toussaint knocking down 3-pointers, the regional game was out of hand early.
Toussaint had 13 points in the first quarter before grabbing a spot on the bench. Chase notched six steals in the frantic first quarter and added 11 points. It was 29-7 after one quarter.
"Trace played very well,'' Frey said. "And we had Kayla hitting those 3s."
If there is some hope for an upset come Wednesday, it might have come from a new defense that helped force 25 turnovers.
"It's the first time we've played a 1-3-1 defense,'' he said. "And I liked it."
Again the bench cleared as early as the second quarter. And those bench players held the visitors down in scoring. North Grand scored two points in the second quarter and just one in the third quarter.
Coming to the rescue in the second quarter was Marge Nusser with five points. Madie Row had four points as the halftime lead was 42-9.
The second half was handled by all the rest of the players on the bench. Senior Jill Bazan gave a nice show by scoring eight of her nine points.
The Skyhawks were without the services of senior Megan Landazzi (knee).
"We have been playing better the last few weeks,'' Frey said. "So we'll show up on Wednesday."