Illinois Class 4A Girls: Bolingbrook Clinches Top Five National Ranking

Bolingbrook has one player who has signed with Tennesseee, another who has committed to UConn. A third is going to Illinois, and her team won its state final 72-42 essentially without her Saturday.

That's how good Illinois' best girls basketball team was this season. Bolingbrook got 36 points from 6-foot-2 junior forward Morgan Tuck in the Class 4A championship game against Zion-Benton at Illinois State University.

Tuck, who also had seven rebounds, is headed to UConn. Her older sister, Taylor Tuck, is the Illinois signee who played only briefly in the state final.

Taylor Tuck sprained an ankle in the semifinals - then made the game-winning free throws in overtime.

"I know Taylor really wanted to get out there for her last game, and it was really hard not to play with her,'' Morgan Tuck told the Daily Herald of Chicago after the finals. "We knew we had to go out and do it for her."

On top of those two is state player-of-the-year and McDonald's All-American Ariel Massengale, the point guard. She had only three points but 11 assists in the final.

Bolingbroke, ranked No. 5 by USA Today and No. 4 by MaxPreps, has won three straight state titles and 66 consecutive games against Illinois schools.

Bolingbrook led Zion-Bention 30-7 at one point and finished its season 30-2.

The losses were to  Mater Dei and Brea Olinda of California - which are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 nationally by USA Today - in games played in Arizona in December.

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