BELVIDERE, Ill. (WIFR) Eastland went on a 14-2 run to start the game and never looked back as #4 Lady Cougars defeated Chicago (Richards) 74-44 in the IHSA Class 1A Super-Sectional Tuesday at Belvidere High School.
Eastland was powered by three juniors in Lydia Coatney (13 points), Meredith Janssen (18 points) and Erin Henze (21 points).
The win gives the Lady Cougars their 30th of the season. Next stop for Eastland is a trip to Redbird Arena in Normal for the state semifinals on Friday.
"The precedent was set five years ago," said Eastland head coach Nicole Brinker. "We're the second girls basketball team to go down state and these kids have been hungry for it."
"It's been through there teamwork and unselfishness that they've been able to do this. So, that's the thing I can't be more proud of them for."