NORMAL — The folding chairs were aligned in rows. Three of them. Four players per row.
St. Thomas More’s girls’ basketball team listened intently to coach Chris Mennig on Friday night before making their state tournament debut at Illinois State’s Redbird Arena.
He left the players with a parting locker-room message.
CHAMPAIGN — Susan Thomas was in complete agreement to postpone Centennial’s sectional championship girls’ basketball game, scheduled for Thursday, due to the predictions of a winter storm moving through the area.
The Chargers coach, however, completely disagrees with the choice when to make up the game.
NORMAL — Armstrong-Potomac junior Morgan Zindars is one of four qualifiers for today’s Class 1A three-point shooting finals. She hit 9 of 15 attempts during Thursday’s 32-person competition at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena and tied for the fourth spot.
NORMAL — The experts have spoken.
The question is, who are the real experts? When it comes to evaluating the Class 2A girls’ basketball state tournament field, there are as many opinions as there are interested parties.
Those who vote in the weekly Associated Press state polls anointed St. Thomas More as the state’s No. 1 team in each of the last five regular season rankings.
A girls' basketball game between Champaign Centennial High School and Quincy Notre Dame that was scheduled for Thursday evening at Mount Zion High School has been postponed until Saturday at 2 p.m., also at Mount Zion.
The game is a Class 3A sectional championship. It was delayed because of concerns about the weather.
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■ Chrisman 46, Milford 39. Ty Bolen poured in a game-high 22 points for the host Cardinals. The Bearcats were led by Jeff Cann (13 points) and Alex Portwood (12 points).
CHAMPAIGN — Coaches aren’t always overjoyed at the thought of having siblings on the same team. The potential for problems is ever-present.
If they’re having a squabble at home, it could be carried into their practices or games. If one sibling performs better — or receives more recognition than the other — it can create tension.
BLOOMINGTON — Taylor Cultra had a team-high 13 points, but Iroquois West lost 45-40 to Annawan on Monday night in a Class 1A super-sectional game at Shirk Center.
The Raiders, who received seven points from Elena Sanchez and eight rebounds from Courtney Conrad, trailed 29-28 at intermission.
MOUNT ZION — Quincy Notre Dame and Centennial played a hard-fought game in December, with the host Chargers losing 47-43.
The teams will meet again at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the sectional final.
Chargers coach Susan Thomas thinks her squad is up for the challenge against the state’s second-ranked team in Class 3A.