Regina girls drop Highland in regional quarterfinal game

Regina girls drop Highland in regional quarterfinal game


Regina girls drop Highland in regional quarterfinal game


Regina freshman Mary Crompton (2) hits a layup in the second quarter at Regina High School in Iowa City Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

In her first playoff appearance, Mary Crompton played like a veteran.

Regina’s freshman guard scored a game-high 18 points, including four 3-pointers, to spark the Regals to a 43-27 win over Highland in a Class 2A, Region 6 quarterfinal. Regina, 19-3 and ranked No. 12 in Class 2A, faces Pekin on Friday evening at Regina.

After a turnover-filled opening burst by both teams, Regina held Highland scoreless for nearly eight minutes spanning the first and second quarters. The Regals reeled off 14 straight points and built an 11-point lead. Highland never recovered.

The Huskies (15-8) were undone by 17 turnovers, five during the Regals’ first-half run.

Crompton, Regina’s leading scorer at 11 points per game, shook off some traveling calls to hit three 3-pointers in the opening half. She nailed a trey in transition with 6:11 to go to give Regina a 16-5 lead and prompt a Huskies timeout.

“Going into it, I was a little bit more nervous than other games,” Compton said. “But I’m kind of used to big games like that with AAU ball, so I just tried to play within myself and not get caught up in the hype and just let the game come to me.”

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Her coach, Matt Bolger, said a change in defense shook the Regals into shape. Regina committed nine turnovers in the first quarter alone, and led just 9-5 entering the second quarter.

“We came out zone press and zone,” Bolger said. “We looked fine in it, but I thought we weren’t really clicking, you know what I mean, we needed a little more aggressiveness, a little more defensive intensity. I thought we did a really nice job of pressuring the basketball, helping on (Highand leading scorer Chelsey) Lampe, keeping her out of the lane. I think our girls did a really nice job of not fouling and being physical.”

Lampe led the Huskies with eight points, but scored only three in the first half. She averages more than a dozen points per game.

“Defense goes straight back to practice,” Crompton said. “We practice defense all the time. We work really well as a team on both sides of the floor, but especially defensively, we’re really starting to talk better and communicate better. We know which spots we’re supposed to be in in our zone, and we just work well together.”

Highland got within seven, at 26-19, on a triple by Cheyann Adamson with 4:40 left in the third quarter. But Regina scored the next six points, punctuated by a 3 from Crompton with 2:28 left in the period, to go up 32-19. Highland did not get closer than 11 the rest of the way.

Highland coach Jody Fink said his team’s inability to hold onto the ball gave Regina too many opportunities. The Huskies were held 24 points below their season average.

“We didn’t take care of the ball tonight,” Fink said. “That takes the ball from us, and gives them extra possessions, which they don’t need. A lot of them weren’t forced turnovers. We did it to ourselves.”

Cameron Verducci scored 11 points for the Regals, including 3-pointers on Regina’s opening possessions in the second and fourth quarters. Kennedy Brown added 10 for the Regals.

“We rely on Mary a lot, but it’s really nice that we have a couple of other pieces that are always there for us,” Bolger said of his two juniors.

Highland (27) – Chelsey Lampe 8, Cheyann Adamson 7, Kelsey Hora 6, Bridget Murphy 3, Samantha Dutton 2, Amy Schnoebelen 1

Regina (43) – Mary Crompton 18, Kennedy Brown 10, Hannah Stein 3, Cameron Verducci 11, Greyson Dumont 1













3-point field goals – Highland 3-14 (Adamson 1, Murphy 1, Lampe 1); Regina 7-13 (Crompton 4, Verducci 3)

Free throws – Highland 6-12, Regina 6-11.

Turnovers – Highland 17, Regina, 15

Total fouls – Highland, 9, Regina, 10

Fouled out – None


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