RANTOUL – Lizzy Kern forced overtime, then hit the winning bucket in the extra session to help Rantoul pull out a 56-54 Corn Belt Conference girls' basketball victory Monday against Olympia. Hanna Mennenga led the Eagles with 15 points and Kern added 14.
CERRO GORDO – Shiloh's girls' basketball team is one in transition.
PAXTON – Taylor Rubarts had 13 points, five assists and seven rebounds to help Paxton-Buckley-Loda defeat Watseka 41-33 Thursday in girls' basketball.
Each Friday, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner will review Thursday night's girls' action:
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CHAMPAIGN – Uzuri Williams nearly had a triple-double (11 blocks, nine points and nine rebounds) to help Judah Christian rally for a 52-51 victory Thursday night against South Piatt, which couldn't get a final shot off in the final seconds.
RANTOUL – Rantoul received a career performance from senior forward Traci Osby on Thursday night, but it wasn't enough to outlast Normal University High, one of the Corn Belt Conference's preseason girls' basketball favorites.
The Pioneers erased a five-point second-quarter deficit with a 21-5 run that sent them to the locker room with a 31-20 lead.
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FITHIAN – All-tournament selection Erin Downey scored 16 points as Shiloh beat Chrisman 52-36 to win the Oakwood Comet Classic girls' basketball tournament Friday.
Danielle Brown and Taylor Hawkins, who also made the all-tournament team, each added 11 points for the Raiders, who raced to an 18-point halftime lead.
When area girls' basketball coaches talk as a group about having smart players, they won't strictly be referring to the athlete's ability to know when to shoot or how to take care of the ball or manage the clock.
This season will be a banner one for standouts in the classroom who also participate in basketball.