CHRISMAN — Senior Alexis Rangel knew when fellow senior Sarah Daily fouled out in the third quarter that she had to pick up her game.
Coming off the bench for the Schlarman Academy Hilltoppers, Rangel scored four points and pulled down three rebounds as Schlarman upset Shiloh 37-34 in a semifinal game of the IHSA Class 1A Chrisman Regional on Roger Beals Court.
“Sarah is also a senior, and it was kind of sad to see her foul out,’’ Rangel said. “I knew I had to step up and I knew I had to fill in for Sarah.’’
Rangel was committed to not let Tuesday’s contest be the final one for her and Daily.
Twice in the final eight minutes, Rangel slipped through the Shiloh defense for a pair of wide-open baskets on in-bound plays under the Schlarman basket.
“I don’t normally score a whole lot, but every now and then, I get a burst of points,’’ she said. “I was proud of myself for helping the team out in that situation.’’
According to Rangel, the toughest part wasn’t making the baskets.
“I usually have a hard time catching the ball,’’ she added. “I just did whatever I could do to help the team.’’
It was just the type of play the Hilltoppers needed in the fourth quarter as they were 5-of-25 from the field in the second half.
“Alexis is one of those unsung heroes,’’ Schlarman coach Keith People said. “She hasn’t had several opportunities, but when she gets in, she’s productive. Her offensive efficiency is positive.
“I also give credit to Sierra (Bell) for finding her on those plays.’’
Bell, a sophomore, finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as the Hilltoppers (19-8) will be seeking their second consecutive regional title on Thursday night when Schlarman faces the Cissna Park Timberwolves in a 7 p.m. game at Chrisman.