LITCHFIELD — St. Thomas More has shown it has the best girls’ basketball team in school history.
Next up: prove it has the state’s best Class 2A team.
RANTOUL — Centennial won a girls’ basketball game on Valentine’s Day for the second year in a row.
For senior Stacia Simmons, Thursday’s outcome was much sweeter.
“This is the anniversary of when I tore my ACL,” the Charger guard said.
CLIFTON — The expectation is a blowout. Every game. Every quarter.
That’s the standard St. Thomas More has created this girls’ basketball season.
The numbers back it up. The Sabers had outscored their first three postseason foes 127-49 by the time the third quarter arrived before the Class 2A Clifton Central Sectional championship game.
Recently: Followed up on regional title with a sectional crown, decisioning the same 195-pound foe in the finals in consecutive weeks. He’s ranked sixth this week entering state.
In his own words: “All the hard work I put in paid off. I wrestled all year long, giving up football.”
RANTOUL — If the reality show “Survivor” ever switches from individual to a team format, Mahomet-Seymour has it made.
There is no greater story of survival this season than the Bulldogs’ girls’ basketball team.
That was true even before M-S stunned Central 47-41 in a Class 3A regional semifinal Tuesday.
CLIFTON — St. Thomas More has a collection of good basketball players, but they’re not drama queens.
The state’s top-ranked Class 2A girls’ basketball team ended the drama early in Monday’s sectional semifinal showdown with No. 10 Clinton. STM scored the first 18 points in less than 5 minutes and beat the Maroons 89-58 at Clifton Central High School.
CLIFTON — Devin Curry’s sectional basketball debut was a record-setting appearance.
The 5-foot-6 Watseka junior came within one point of matching the scoring output of St. Joseph-Ogden on Monday as the Warriors won their first sectional game in school history, 48-34.
FISHER — The outside shooting of LeRoy prevailed against Fisher. The balance Iroquois West had wore down Schlarman.
CHAMPAIGN — Chris Mennig was ready to be a head coach. More than ready.
He grew up in the game of basketball. He studied the game, had coached at various universities and wanted to venture out on his own.
Nothing against Theresa Grentz. Nothing against the University of Illinois, but Mennig wanted to be the person in charge. He wanted a team to call his own.
In boys’ basketball
■ Decatur Christian 49, Urbana Uni High 46. The Illineks nearly pulled off a late rally after trailing 42-26 to start the fourth quarter of their quarterfinal game. PATRICK WONG (18 points) and GEORGE VOULGARIS (10 points, 10 rebounds) paced Uni.