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Girls Basketball: Bolingbrook Rolls Past Romeoville For Regional Championship

Bolingbrook 85, Romeoville 33. The Bolingbrook Lady Raiders emerged with district bragging rights and an IHSA Regional title behind Morgan Tuck's 19 points.

The Hot Read: Apparently, only a pulled fire alarm could stop the red-hot Lady Raiders. With 2:34 remaining in the second quarter—after Taylor Tuck made a free throw—a fire alarm went off at Plainfield East High School, causing a 21-minute delay in the game. But the pause was just a minor setback for Bolingbrook, which scorched the nets early and often—a 25-1 run in the first quarter propelled the two-time defending state champs to a 27-6 lead it would never relinquish. Junior Morgan Tuck scored a game-high 19 points to lead Bolingbrook, while sophomore Kiera Currie's 16 points wasn't enough to spur Romeoville to an upset victory.

Patch's MVP: Seniors Taylor Tuck and Ariel Massengale combined to score 23 points, grab six steals and pull down six rebounds as the upperclassmen helped pace the Bolingbrook Lady Raiders to a 52-point victory.

Key Stats: Bolingbrook scored 19 unanswered points as a part of a 25-1 run that helped put the Lady Raiders up 27-6 at the end of the first quarter. Ten different Bolingbrook players scored points in Thursday's win, including six reserve players. Morgan Tuck, Ariel Massengale and Kierra Ray combined for 11 of the team's 19 steals. Romeoville's Kiera Currie was the team's lone double-digit scorer with 16 points. The Spartans had two players foul out: sophomore guard Abby Smith and junior Hilary VanMeerten.

Bolingbrook Leaders: Morgan Tuck (19 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals), Ariel Massengale (14 points, 4 steals), Cabriana Capers (10 points, 9 rebounds).

Romeoville Leaders: Kiera Currie (16 points), Brianna Harris (5 points, 3 steals).

Quotable I: "I feel blessed to still be playing. I'll take it and we'll see what happens on Monday." - Bolingbrook coach Tony Smith on summing up his season thus far.

Quotable II: "We definitely wanted to be active. We're not going to let anyone take us out of our game. We're not going to sit there and be a punching bag. That's really what most teams do." - Romeoville coach Julio Carrasco on his team's aggressive start.

Record: Bolingbrook (23-2), Romeoville (21-6)

What's Next: Monday in the Romeoville Sectional; Bolingbrook vs. Naperville Central or Neuqua Valley at 7:30 p.m. at Romeoville High School.

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