The NIC-10’s top two girls basketball teams have finished the regular season in a dead heat. They share the conference championship after Hononegah beat Boylan Saturday evening 73-48.
Hononegah controlled the game throughout building a 12 point lead in the first half, leading by nine at halftime and then pulling away in the second half.
Jordan King scored 20 points and Cali Schmitz scored 19 to lead Hononegah.
Peyton Kennedy scored 19 for Boylan but she fouled out with just over six minutes remaining in the game. That’s when Hononegah blew it wide open.
Boylan had won the NIC-10 outright the last two seasons finishing undefeated each time in the conference. The Titans were the one team Hononegah couldn’t get past until now.
“This hasn’t happened since my freshman year and I’ve been wanting it so bad,” said King after the game. “We’ve all been wanting it so bad since then and for this to happen on our home court it’s huge. To have this crowd it’s so amazing. The whole game all around was just a huge game and it was just fun to be a part of.”
Boylan also lost starting guard Frankie Schiro with just under a minute remaning in the first half. She hit her head hard on the court after a collision. The game was delay for about 25 minutes while trainers tended to her and paramedics were called in. She was wheeled of the court and taken to a local hospital.
Boylan had won the first matchup of the season between these teams on January 10 at Boylan 66-59. There’s a very good chance these two teams will meet again in the postseason on Thursday, February 21 in the championship game of the Belvidere North Sectional. Hononegah will host it’s own 4A Regional Tournament next week. Boylan will play in the 4A Regional at Jefferson.