The shocking news of the evening? The Times No. 1 and Class 4A No. 1 Homewood-Flossmoor's girls' basketball team lost a quarter during its 70-39, SouthWest Suburban Blue win Thursday at Sandburg.
"We lost a quarter?" Vikings coach Tony Smith asked. "I'm disappointed in that."
Indeed, the Times and Illinois Class 4A No. 1-ranked Vikings (13-2, 6-0) haven't done that often this season. But the Eagles (13-8, 4-3) actually outscored H-F 20-18 in the third quarter — this after staying within 12-8 through the first eight minutes.
"Hats off to them," Smith said. "They played hard, hit some shots — I never saw so many banked 3-pointers go in before."
And of course, the Vikings had to shake off a day of chatter brought on by a report that a lawsuit was filed Wednesday by a parent in the H-F community alleging Smith recruited six transfers to join him in his first season at the school.
"It was a little rough," Smith said. "We were kind of hesitant.
"But, it's been like that the last two or three games."
H-F broke out in the second quarter, outscoring the Eagles 24-3. Kristen Moore had eight of those points on the way to a game-high 18.
"We were definitely trying to get her points," Smith said. "She's a talented kid, but there are times she doesn't get going.
"They were taking away the guard action, so the post action was there."
Moore, a 6-foot-0 forward, took rare advantage.
Conceding, "it's been a minute," since she last scored 18, Moore added, "I just keep playing. Whatever's the easiest shot, take it. If the guards are going, let 'em go, I'll just get rebounds. If my shot's there, I'll take it."
Destiny Harris had 10 points to back up Moore. Sandburg was led by Victoria Stavropoulos with 12 points, 10 of those in the third quarter. —Phil Arvia
Beecher 48, St. Anne 30: Danielle Snuckel and Taylor Johnson each scored 12 points for the Times No. 5 Bobcats in the River Valley Conference win.
Savannah Stluka added 10 points for Beecher (14-5, 7-0 RVC).
Seton Academy 55, Gordon Tech 31: Ebony Bailey's 23 points led the Sting (9-6, 4-0) to the GCAC White win over the Rams.
Mariah Coles had 14 points and nine rebounds. Danielle Bailey added eight points.
Crete-Monee 76, Rich East 47: Marsha Howard's double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds led the No. 3 Warriors (14-5, 6-0) to the Southland Athletic Conference win over the Rockets.
Lindzy Cox had 18 points.
Rich Central 65, Bloom Twp. 35: Danielle King returned after missing 12 games with turf toe, but the Blazing Trojans (7-11, 2-3) fell to the Olympians (14-5, 5-1) in a Southland Athletic Conference game.
King had 13 points, while Ariana Dampier had 11.
Lincoln-Way North 65, Thornwood 38: Breneka Walker's 10 points led the Thunderbirds in the SouthWest Suburban Red loss to the Phoenix (15-4, 5-1), who got 16 points from Lanie Hicks.
Andrew 54, Thornridge 51: Despite a game-high 17 points from Raven Watts, the Falcons (3-14, 1-5) fell to the Thunderbolts (8-8, 3-2) in the SouthWest Suburban Red.
Thornton Fractional 43, Lemont 40: Thomas Kotel and Corey Postema won two individual events each to lead Thornton Fractional to the South Suburban Blue win over the Indians.
Kotel won the 200-yard individual medley (2:13.40) and 100 butterfly (54.44). Postema won the 50 freestyle (24.31) and 100 backstroke (57.98).
Thornton Fractional also won the 200 medley and 200 free relays. Moises Mendoza won the 100 free (54.44)and Eric Oporto took first in the 500 free (5:47.28).