GAMER: HP 47, ROUND LAKE 31
Kirby Bartelstein got it going.
The guard, a four-year varsity player for the Highland Park High School girls basketball, went on the attack right away and banked in a 14-footer on her team’s first possession.
From there, things progressed quite nicely for the host Giants, who played one of their best games of the season in soundly defeating Round Lake 47-31 in the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A Highland Park Regional on Feb. 12.
The Giants (13-13, 6-4), who will face No. 3 seed Palatine in a regional semifinal on Feb. 13 (6 p.m.), left the court with a sense of accomplishment. It was their first postseason win in five years.
“I thought we played really well in the first half,” said HP head coach Jolie Bechtel, who watched her team build a 28-12 advantage after two quarters.
Things slipped a little in the third quarter, when the Panthers outscored the Giants 10-6.
“Sometimes, after we have a decent first half, we have a tendency to fall back,” said Bechtel. “We forget how we got the lead.”
Bartelstein ended up with six points and four assists, while the bigger numbers were put up by sophomore Addie Budnik (18 points, 18 rebounds, 4 blocks, 3 steals) and junior Sydney Ignoffo (15 points).
Ignoffo had the shot of the game, when she drilled home a 25-footer out on top in the closing minute of the first half.
Halle Abrams also gave the Giants some solid minutes, finishing with six points, six rebounds and two blocks.