Rolling Meadows outlasts Fenwick at McDonald’s Shootout
Updated: January 21, 2013 9:43PM
VILLA PARK — Fenwick’s frenzied offense struck again Monday, but for a change an opponent was able to match the Friars basket for basket.
Rolling Meadows junior guard Jackie Kemph scored a career-high 38 points on 12-of-23 shooting and converted 13-of-19 free throws to lead the Mustangs to a manic-driven 87-83 victory over the Friars at the McDonald’s Shootout in Villa Park.
“I definitely expected a fast-paced game,” said Kemph, whose coach scouted Fenwick’s 71-41 win over Barrington Saturday. “You have to do what needs to be done. That’s definitely the fastest we’ve (ever) played.”
Meadows (20-1) won for the fourth consecutive time and outscored the Friars (17-3) 31-28 in the fourth quarter. Fenwick had its five-game winning streak snapped. Two of Fenwick’s losses this season have come against opposing players who have scored more than 30 points in the game.
“It’s a tough way to play, but it’s fun,” Fenwick coach Dave Power said. “We love it. We may never go back.”
Kemph had help from leading scorer Alexis Glasgow (20 points, six rebounds) and reserve Morgan Keller (season-high 15 points, 11 rebounds).
Kemph had 20 points in the first half while scoring eight of the Mustangs’ 17 points in the first quarter. Fenwick scored eight of the game’s first 10 points and led 15-4 in the first four minutes.
“(Kemph) was amazing though,” Power said. “She was the Energizer bunny. We needed to slow her down. I told the girls (before the game) we would try to keep her at below 30. We didn’t do that.”
Fenwick shot 28-of-39 on 2s and 13-for-44 on 3s. Meadows shot 32-for-66 from the field, but was only 3-for-14 on 3-pointers.
Four Fenwick players reached double-figures: Jade Owens (22), Jenny Mackowiak (season-high 18), Deja Cage (14) and Maya Garland (11). Mackowiak made all five of her career-high 3-pointers in the final quarter.
“You have to stay positive,” Mackowiak said. “I knew we needed those (3s) to be able to win.”
Fenwick shot 4-for-23 in the third quarter for 11 points. Owens, the leading scorer, picked up her fourth foul less than a minute in to the fourth quarter.
Meadows took its first lead with 6:43 to go in the third, when Jenny Vliet converted a 3-point play to put the Mustangs ahead 45-44.
Mackowiak’s fourth 3 put the Friars ahead 76-74 with 2:50 remaining, but the Mustangs scored 10 consecutive points.
“It was an exciting game. I’m proud of our girls,” Power said. “I think we will learn from this. Everyone talks about their great schedule, but no one has a better one than ours.”