A year ago, Lemont High School's boys' basketball team used a furious second-half comeback to stun visiting Hillcrest High School, posting a last-second, 58-57 victory to earn a share of its first conference title since 1996. The two teams find themselves in the same place as the 2012-13 regular-season draws to a close.
On Friday, Feb. 22, the Indians will visit Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills in the regular-season finale for both teams. A victory would give Lemont a share of the South Suburban Conference title for the second straight year. All Lemont fans who plan to attend the game are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets at Lemont High School in advance of the game.
Hillcrest expects a sell-out crowd to attend the contest, which is slated to begin at approximately 6:30 p.m., after the conclusion of the sophomore game. Fans not only are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance, but also to arrive at the contest early.
Students who plan to attend the game should visit the LHS Athletic Office to purchase their tickets for $2. Students who are interested in riding a fan bus may sign up for the bus for $5, which includes the cost of a ticket and transportation to and from the game. The bus will leave from the Archway entrance (off of Porter Street) at 5 p.m. Friday.
Faculty, staff and community members who plan on attending the game may purchase their $4 tickets in the Pupil Personnel Services Office during regular business hours (8 a.m.-3 p.m.). Fans should not expect that there will be tickets available at the door on the night of game.
Lemont fans who are attending the game should plan on sitting in the West Balcony Upper Bleachers and Sections A & B directly behind the Lemont bench. All Lemont spectators are asked to enter Door #21 and to proceed through the cafeteria to the west side of the gymnasium.
Led by head coach Rick Runaas, Lemont will enter the game with a 23-2 record, including an 11-1 mark in SSC play. Hillcrest is 20-7 overall and 12-0 in league play.
Last season, the Indians enjoyed an historic campaign, posting a 25-3 record. Only the 1974-75 team, which finished 26-4, has won more games in one season in the program's history. Lemont also split the SSC title with Hillcrest, which marked its first conference title since capturing the Suburban Prairie Conference crown in 1995-96.
Hillcrest High School is located at 17401 S. Pulaski Road in Country Club Hills.
Editor’s note: The information above was provided in a press release from Tony Hamilton, director of school and community relations for Lemont High School District 210.
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