Created:Wednesday, February 19, 2014 8:13 a.m.CDT
Updated:Wednesday, May 14, 2014 2:15 p.m.CDT

Johnsburg girls beat Marengo

Marengo's Kassidy Grimscheid (left) guards Johnsburgs' Maddie Himpelmann while she brings the ball towards the basket during the second quarter at the ISHA Class 3A Regional game in Richmond Tuesday, February 18, 2014. (Sarah Nader - )

Johnsburg seemed destined for a dominating performance against Marengo.

The third-seeded Skyhawks took a commanding 13-0 lead less than three minutes into the game and were poised to control the regional quarterfinal game. However, No. 6 Marengo was determined to make Johnsburg fight to advance.

A barrage of 3-pointers from the Indians’ senior guard Lynsey Hoeske brought them back. Hoeske, who finished with a team-high 16 points, made three 3-pointers in the first half to help Marengo cut Johnsburg’s lead to 31-25 at the half.

"It's a pretty resilient group of girls," Marengo coach Nick Rode said. "I know there's definitely some close relationships on the team with each other so I don't think they get very rattled. It's good to see them bounce back the way they did."

The Skyhawks (11-18) didn't let the Indians (4-23) hang around for long. They opened the third quarter like they started the game, quickly building a double-digit lead.

By the end of the third, Johnsburg led 52-31 thanks in part to an impressive shooting performance from Erika Szramek, who made three 3-pointers in the quarter. With the win, the Skyhawks face No. 2 Richmond-Burton at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

"That was one of the best starts I've ever seen and I think the girls were like, OK, we'e got them," Johnsburg coach Brad Frey said. "You can't do that. Marengo is a solid team. They played hard. ... We decided to come out [in the third] and just play basketball."