Four girls' basketball tournaments conclude the next two days, with area teams in the hunt for championships. The list:
Each Friday, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner will review the area girls' basketball scene
ARTHUR – Shiloh's girls' basketball team utilizes baseball principles in its lineup.
TOLONO – No question, the Unity girls' basketball team is ripe with talented athletes. Seven of the 11 players listed on the varsity basketball roster also competed on the state-qualifying volleyball team in the fall.
Because the volleyball team's season was extended to its duration, more than half of coach Kelli Gallick's basketball players were absent for the first crucial weeks of practice and missed participating in the team's opener: a loss to Watseka.
DANVILLE – Salt Fork coach Dave Ellars acknowledged he would have been worried had he known in advance that his top two scorers for the season, Mallory Weber and Mallory Meade, would combine for one field goal during the first 22 minutes of Tuesday's semifinal game of the Vermilion County tournament at Palmer Arena.
And yet, by the time the Weber-Meade duo hit its second basket, Salt Fork held a 17-point lead over Oakwood in a game it won 59-39.
DANVILLE – Sometimes, the best decisions are the ones a coach is forced to make.
When Westville scoring leader Heathre Depratt fouled out of Monday's Vermilion County Tournament consolation game, coach Brittany Kramer opted for a ball handler as her substitute.
TOLONO – Ana Deters' triple- double (18 points, 12 rebounds, 10 steals) was not enough to lift Unity (15-7) in a 50-40 loss to Monticello on Monday in girls' basketball.
ARTHUR - Kim Fortney scored a team-high 16 points and dished out three assists to help Arcola defeat Cerro Gordo 42-28 at the Little Okaw Valle Conference girls' basketball tournament Monday night.
Britani Master, Erin Bensyl and Bria Olson each scored 10 points to help St. Joseph-Ogden defeat Iroquois West 44-34 in a Sangamon Valley Conference girls' basketball tournament game Monday night. The Spartans held a 17-10 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter and shot 26 free throws.