DANVILLE – The basketball season is over for Danville, but senior Janelle Hensold has one last contest before her career as a Viking officially ends.
Late this afternoon, Hensold will compete against 31 opponents at the IHSA Class 3A three-point shootout state finals in Normal.
NORMAL – Erin Henk and Sarah Hintz are examples of the benefits of the annual IHSA three-point shooting contest.
Henk, a junior at Hoopeston Area, and Hintz, a sophomore at LeRoy, were members of girls' basketball teams that struggled to win games this season.
SPRINGFIELD – Ashley Clanton's hope was that her Danville High girls' basketball team had one final run left.
Turns out she was right.
DECATUR – After seeing his girls' basketball team play in the sectional finals last week, Flanagan-Woodland coach Ron Spencer realized he had more than the opponent to be concerned about for Monday's Class 1A super-sectional game.
His own team provided a source of concern.
CHAMPAIGN – Danville came into Thursday night's game as one of the hottest girls' basketball programs in the area, and they kept on rolling through the Class 3A regional championship.
The Vikings, who have won five straight games, utilized a good defensive effort in a 44-38 win against Big 12 Conference champion Urbana.
TUSCOLA – Kelsi Hoey blew her image Thursday. Emily Joines reinforced hers.
Hoey, a junior at Tuscola, and Joines, a senior at Shiloh, were the central figures for their respective schools in the Class 1A sectional championship girls' basketball game.
CHAMPAIGN – There might not be a hotter girls' basketball team than Danville's Vikings and there might not be a hotter player than the Vikings' Janelle Hensold.
After winning three consecutive games in three days last week, Danville upended Centennial 64-52 in a Class 3A regional semifinal game Tuesday on the Chargers' court.
CHAMPAIGN – With a loss in their final regular season game, Urbana's Tigers entered postseason play looking to rebound.
They did so, literally.
TUSCOLA – When Tuscola forward Kelsi Hoey picked up her fourth foul at the 6:59 mark of the fourth quarter Tuesday, Warriors coach Tim Kohlbecker had a decision to make.
He could leave in his star and gamble she wouldn't foul out, or he could go to his bench and hope the Warriors could hold on.
PAXTON – Bismarck-Henning junior Hannah Ohl has come a long way in the past year.
"Hannah has improved more in one year than any girl I have ever coached," veteran coach Mike Stephens said after Saturday's 55-45 Class 2A Paxton Regional championship win against St. Joseph-Ogden. "She's averaging 17 points this year despite handling the offense after averaging 10 last season."