Hononegah's title hopes end with semifinal loss

NORMAL, Ill. (WIFR) Just like their meeting back in December, Maine West handled everything Hononegah threw at it as the Warriors won the 4A state semifinal 56-32.

No. 1 Maine West jumped all over the Indians with a 19-3 first quarter lead and the underdogs could never recover.

"We couldn't make shots and we couldn't get going," said head coach Randy Weibel. "They are awful good and when they did miss, we didn't rebound. We played like it was our first time at Redbird [Arena] and it showed."

Hono senior Jordan King scored 13 of her team's 16 first half points on her way to a 20 point night.

"It's tough when you're not hitting shots, but it does stink when they keep hitting those open shots," said King. "Like coach said, we made their other players beat us tonight. You just have to keep shooting and hopefully they start falling. That point came for us in the third quarter and we got some momentum, but you just have to keep shooting and stay positive."

The Indians had no answer for Dylan Van Fleet who led all scorers with 23 points on 10-18 shooting.

Hannah Malcomson netted five points and Allison Murdoch added two.

Hono's season will come to an end on Saturday when it faces Benet in the 4A third place game at 5:30 p.m.