NORMAL, Ill. — Quincy Notre Dame led Breese Central by 15 points at halftime of the Class 2A state championship game Saturday at Redbird Arena.
The Raiders were just warming up.
Notre Dame overpowered Central with its size and speed during a 62-31 victory for the Raiders’ fourth state championship and second in a row. Notre Dame (33-1) hasn’t lost to a team from Illinois the last two seasons.
Junior Jordan Frericks, a 6-foot-2 forward, had 18 points and five rebounds, and Kristen and Kassidy Gengenbacher each added 11 points for the Raiders.
“When you have a team that is ranked (No.) 1 all throughout the season, it’s hard to live up to that pressure,” Kassidy Gengenbacher said. “We handled it really well. We were really positive and didn’t pay too much attention to the media. We just really talked within ourselves.”
Notre Dame led 29-14 at halftime behind a balanced scoring attack that included nine first-half points from Kassidy Gengenbacher.
The Raiders made it difficult for Central (30-6) to find an offensive rhythm by getting a hand on the ball nearly every Cougars possession. They came up with 15 steals, including 10 in the first half, and held the Cougars to five third-quarter points.