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Centennial, STM sweep State Farm girls titles

BLOOMINGTON — The championship trophy was nice.

The confidence gained from beating a pair of state heavyweights was even better.

Centennial had plenty to celebrate Saturday after its 44-28 win against Peoria Richwoods in the large-school title game at the State Farm Classic.

Wascher paces seventh-place Rantoul at Charleston tourney

CHARLESTON — Steady and solid at times. Other times, sloppy and inconsistent.

There’s a reason why teams are playing in the seventh-place game of an eight-team tournament. Rantoul and Urbana displayed both tendencies in Saturday’s seventh-place game at the Charleston Holiday Tournament, but the Eagles made their free throws late to hold on, 51-43.

Friday's highlights: Finke, Centennial bounce back

In boys’ basketball

State Farm Classic
Normal Community 61, Centennial 30.
Andrew Washington and Khalil Toombs each scored eight points to lead the Chargers, who trailed 31-9 at halftime. Illinois recruit Michael Finke had three points.

Basketball's fun again for Clinton girls

BETHANY — Some would call it an inconsequential point.

For the record, it was number 49. It came in the final 90 seconds of Clinton’s 19-point win against Heyworth in Friday’s semifinal of the Okaw Valley Tournament.

Free throws hadn’t been kind to Morgan Hickman, Clinton’s lone senior, so she launched an underhanded attempt for her fourth trip to the line. It went in.

Thursday's prep highlights: Joop, Jones power STM

In boys’ basketball

State Farm Classic
Mahomet-Seymour 65, Chillicothe IVC 62. The Bulldogs went on a 22-8 run in the fourth quarter to force overtime and prevailed behind 26 points from CONNOR DIEDRICH and 22 from SAM HOHLFELDER.

Coaches Corner: Girls' basketball

When he checked in with girls’ basketball coaches in area conferences, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner switched a couple of the questions this year. Instead of asking for the best player in the conference, he asked which player from his league a coach would want to see with the ball in her hands with five seconds left in a game his team was losing by two points.

Girls' basketball at the break: Numbers down

It’s not universally true for area girls’ basketball programs, but many coaches are dealing with declining numbers.

Some schools have had to abandon a junior varsity schedule.

Wednesday's highlights: Centennial boys, girls win tourney openers

In boys’ basketball

State Farm Classic

Monticello trio powers victory

MONTICELLO — First it was Allie Hislope, then Elise Pontious, then Layne Buzan.

Monticello had a Star for a Quarter on Wednesday in holding off Neoga 55-52 in first-round action of the 16th Sages Holiday Hoopla.

Kroner: Unity sisters had it all mapped out — until injury interrupted

TOLONO — Joan Maxwell was well prepared for her senior season of basketball.

The Unity High athlete went through the summer conditioning and weightlifting sessions. She played in team camps and offseason leagues with the Rockets and — perhaps most important —  made a favorable impression with coach Kelly Gallick.