Hill, Hannah led Knights to first girls basketball regional title since 1987

MACHESNEY PARK – Sophomores Zhakyla Evans and Brooklyn Gray get a lot of the headlines, but it’s seniors Mariah Hill and DaSani Hannah who spearhead the front and back of the Knights suffocating defense.

Those two dominated the DeKalb Barbs Thursday night at Harlem, leading Auburn to a 52-32 win in the Class 4A Harlem Regional final. 

Hannah had 18 and Hill 14 as the Knights won their first regional title since 1987 and just third overall.

Evans had 10 and her biggest basket was when the Barbs had cut the lead to five, 25-20, early in the third quarter. Evans hit a three-pointer and then stole the ball and scored on a layup to spark a 16-2 run to esstentially end the game.

The win improved Auburn to 26-6. The 26 wins ties the Knights with the 1990-1991 Jefferson J-Hawks team that qualified for state and is in the Rockford Public Schools Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Knights can break the record Tuesday in Huntley in the opening game of the sectional. Auburn will face 20-9 Barrington at 7 p.m.

Posted on 02.20.20