Second-ranked Young learned it can do just fine without 6-foot-5 senior Khaalia Hillsman on the floor.
The Texas A&M recruit was held out of Friday night’s Class 4A Young Regional final after injuring her right ankle in Wednesday’s playoff victory over Simeon. Young coach Corry Irvin said Hillsman was cleared to play, but preferred to give her an extra day of rest since Hillsman did not practice Thursday. She is expected to return for the Hinsdale South Sectional semfinal against North Lawndale at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The top-seeded Dolphins had little trouble against eighth-seeded Lyons in a 71-42 victory. Sophomore guard Kiara Lewis scored nine of her game-high 15 points in the first half as Young (27-3) cruised behind an 11-2 run that gave the Dolphins a 21-9 lead enter the second quarter.