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McDonald’s Shootout features all Illinois teams this year

01/14/2013, 7:23pm CST
By George M. Wilcox gwilcox@pioneerlocal.com

For just the fourth time in the 23-year history of the McDonald’s Shootout, no out-of-state teams will compete.

Darien Thursday 11.15.12. Hinsdale Central's Lily Sarros shoots the ball while guarded by Hinsdale South Mary Clare Ladd (10) and Kristin Dimitrijevic (45) during their game on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, in Darien. | Buzz Orr~Sun-Times Media


Fenwick’s game with Rolling Meadows at the McDonald’s Shootout could light up the scoreboard like a fireworks display.

After averaging 80 points per game through its first 10 contests this season, No. 10 Fenwick (15-2) and its “Insane Friar Posse” lineup recently have fallen off that pace. The Friars remain explosive, though, as they proved in their 99-97 overtime win at Marist Dec. 8.

The No. 3 Mustangs (18-1) beat Buffalo Grove 92-37 on Jan. 12 behind Alexis Glasgow’s 28 points and six 3-pointers. Meadows is averaging 72 points and has scored more than 90 twice this season and in the 80s in two other games. Meadows’ highest total of the season came in a 95-72 win over Wheaton North Dec. 10.

Fenwick, which played two games at last year’s McDonald’s Shootout, agreed to one game this season, 1:30 p.m. Monday at Willowbrook.

For just the fourth time in the 23-year history of the McDonald’s Shootout, no out-of-state teams are able to make the trip. Tournament director Jim O’Boye said he is already working on attracting out-of-state teams for next season.

O’Boye cited rising expenses as factor behind the lack of non-Illinois teams. In addition to hiring a charter bus and booking hotel rooms for the weekend, some out-of-state teams spent the tournament’s off day on Sunday sightseeing in Chicago.

Senior guard Maggie Reilly, a Western Springs resident, will play in her third shootout and fifth game there. The Friars split two games in their last two shootout appearances. St. Joseph of St. Louis came in last year and defeated Fenwick 78-46. Fenwick also beat Neuqua Valley last season and in 2011 knocked off Morgan Park and lost to Carmel, Ind.

“Last year’s shootout was super fun,” Reilly said. “The team from Missouri was from out of state and we rarely get to play them. Last year getting to play them was cool.”

Reilly was Fenwick’s leading scorer against St. Joseph, registering 15 points on 5-of-14 shooting from 3-point range. But the Friars were burned by 31 points from St. Joseph’s Sydney Stipanovich.

Shannon McGinnis and Taylor Nazon of No. 5 Trinity (14-2) will make their fourth consecutive shootout appearance; previously, the Blazers last appeared at Willowbrook in 2004. In last year’s shootout, Trinity handed Marist its first loss of the season, 57-52.

O’Boye arranged a rematch between Trinity and No. 14 Marist (11-6) at 3 p.m. Monday.

“The past four years have always been fun,” McGinnis said. “We’ve always played a fun game there. We had a fan bus two years ago.”

Hinsdale Central (13-5), which fell into a first-place tie in the West Suburban Silver with a 54-46 loss to Proviso West (12-6) Friday night, will return after a one-year absence. The Devils had participated each of the previous 12 years, but took a year off after 2011, when Bogan beat the Devils 49-39 during Hinsdale’s 3-26 season.

“We are excited to be there again,” said Lily Sarros, a senior center. “After that season (2011) ended, we knew we would not be back. It was disheartening, but we knew we had to improve the next year.”

The shootout tips off at 6 p.m. Friday, featuring first-timer Guerin (14-7) against St. Ignatius, which joins Maine West as the only schools to appear in every McDonald’s Shootout. The Gators are led by Rebecca Bartnicki, who scored 23 points in a 62-44 win over St. Francis Jan. 8.

The other teams making their debut at the McDonald’s Shootout are Bloom, Metea Valley, Rolling Meadows, Romeoville and Vernon Hills.~.

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