Benton Central coach David Baxter, left, takes out his starters with 13 seconds remaining in the Class 3A semistate game at Crown Point. The Hamilton Heights players hugged the starters and congratulated them on their season.
Crown Point High School host girls semistate basketball tournaments Saturday for Class A and 3A teams. Lafayette Central Catholic played Fort Wayne Canterbury in the morning game, and Hamilton Heights took on Benton Central in the afternoon.
Benton Central's Kaitlyn Shields draws a foul from Hamilton Height's Maranda Pennington while shooting a jumper during the first half of the Class 3A semistate game Saturday at Crown Point High School.
Up to 5 inches of snow were expected by this morning in the Chicago area and Northwest Indiana, with 6 inches or more forecast for areas to the south.
The blizzard that began dumping snow across the region Tuesday afternoon currently ranks as the third worst in Chicago history, officials said.
The season's lowest temperatures are set to blow into the region tonight, with wind chills expected to drop to 25 degrees below zero.
The snow that began falling in the early morning hours caused numerous crashes, slide offs and spin outs on area roads Saturday, but police reported no major accidents.
The National Weather Service has expanded a tornado watch into the Chicago and Northwest Indiana areas.
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