Simeon tops Young in Class 4A semifinal

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Simeon tops Young in Class 4A semifinal

By Michael O'Brien
YourSeason.com
The old gym at Argo was packed to the rafters, a full house with a hundred or so fans standing and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski sitting courtside. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ilinois coach Bruce Weber were in the stands.Young vs. Simeon is supposed to be about high-level talent-thats what brings out the heavy hitters. But Tuesday in Summit it was a regular high school basketball player, Simeon senior Reggie Norris, who changed the games momentum and helped the Wolverines to a 52-42 win over Young in a Class 4A sectional semifinal.Norris came off the bench in the first half, but he started the second. The 6-0 senior turned up the heat on Youngs backcourt and triggered the games decisive run.We wanted the defensive pressure, Simeon coach Robert Smith said. He had a lot of high energy plays. Hes used to being out there and handling those moments.Norris drained a three with 6:37 to play in the third quarter that put Simeon ahead 27-26 and igniting a 12-0 run. The Wolverines did not relinquish the lead again.Reggie Norris waited his turn, Smith said. Sometimes guys have to do that here. Hes going to be huge for us from here on out.Jabari Parker led the way for the Wolverines (29-1) with 18 points and six rebounds. Kendrick Nunn added 11 and Steve Taylor finished with three points and eight rebounds. Taylor had his hands full with the Dolphins 6-10 big Jahlil Okafor, 6-10 Tommy Hamilton Jr. and 6-8 Jermaine Morgan.I think Steve Taylor did a great job, Smith said. Okafor is a great player. Once again Taylor stepped up for us.Okafor finished with nine points and seven rebounds, but did not score in the second half.We just kept the ball out of his hands, Smith said. You cant stop him, you just have to try and keep him from getting it.Sophomore Miles Reynolds led Young (16-10) with 13 points and Paul White scored seven.The third quarter hurt us, Young coach Tyrone Slaughter said. We fell apart and they are the type of team that will take advantage of any slip up. Im proud of our effort, we battled to the end.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek. 

Tworek has led the Vikings on and off the court this season. Last week, the Harvard commit put up a career-high 29 points in a win over Wheeling. 

Learn more about Tworek's success in the video above. 

Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

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Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday. 

The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.

Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.

Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.

The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season. 

Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.