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College Sports Wrap | Morton women to play for Region IV title

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By Jeff Vorva
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Area college basketball teams are rapidly getting eliminated from the postseason, but one team that usually can be counted on in making a deep postseason run is the Morton College women’s team.

The Panthers waltzed through the Region IV quarterfinals with a 93-54 win over Elgin Community College on Feb. 29 and the semifinals with a 99-63 triumph on March 2 in Rockford.

The Panthers (29-3) will challenge Carl Sandburg College for the Region IV championship at 5 p.m. March 9 in Rockford.

Freshman Brynne Katcher from Des Moines, Iowa, is averaging 14.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. She was freshman in high school when her Valley High School played Dowling Catholic, which featured Iowa Hawkeyes star Caitlin Clark.

 

Eliminated
It’s been a tough stretch for the rest of the area’s men’s and women’s teams.

The toughest loss came when fifth-seeded Saint Xavier suffered a 76-74 setback to Indiana University South Bend on a last-second layup and free throw Feb. 28 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference quarterfinals .

Andre Brandon had 20 points and Oak Lawn graduate Trey Ward had 18 for the Cougars, who ended their season with a 16-13 mark. The Cougars shot a season-best 70% in 3-pointers (14-for-20) in the game.

The Saint Xavier women’s team was seeded third in the CCAC Tournament game and hosted a quarterfinal, but lost to sixth-seeded Holy Cross, 87-78, on Feb. 27.

Bethany Baldwin had 23 points for SXU (16-12).

The Trinity Christian men’s team missed qualifying for the eight-team CCAC Tournament and finished 6-22.

The Trolls women’s team also missed qualifying for the league tournament and finished 4-22.

The Moraine Valley Community College men’s team was eliminated in the Region IV Midwest District A semifinals, 97-66 by South Suburban on March 3 in Rockford.

Enari Thomas’s 16 points led the Cyclones, who finished 17-14.

The Moraine women’s team lost to Prairie State College, 82-69, in the Region IV quarterfinals Feb. 29.

Sarah Burton had 21 points and Robin Stevenson had 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Andrea Robertson had 18 rebounds for the Cyclones (14-17).

The Morton men’s team (22-11) had its season end with a 68-62 loss to Milwaukee Area Technical College on March 3 in the Region IV semifinals.

 

Kummer Night
Saint Xavier will host Aaron Kummer Night on March 29 before a 4 p.m. men’s volleyball match against Georgetown (Kentucky).

Kummer’s number 12 will be retired. The setter, a Marist grad, is the first player in program history to have his number retired.

The night will also be a homecoming for first-year Georgetown coach Jim Dwyer, who was a standout player for Brother Rice.

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