All Girls' Basketball Content

All Girls' Basketball Content

Friday's highlights: Portwood paces Milford

In boys’ basketball

■ Normal Calvary 56, Urbana Uni High 49. The Illineks were outscored 14-9 in the fourth quarter in losing a tightly contested game on the road. George Voulgaris had a double-double (14 points, 14 rebounds) for Uni, and teammate Taharka Baraka contributed 17 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.

Danville's fun run continues

DANVILLE — Attitude sums up the major reason for the success of Danville’s girls’ basketball program.

It’s the desire to get rebounds and to capture more than the opponents even though the tallest Vikings starter is listed at 5-foot-8.

It’s the desire to compete in a sport which, for some team members, is not their best one.

Thursday's prep highlights: Zirkle pours in 33 for Raiders

In boys’ basketball
Iroquois West 63, Armstrong-Potomac 45. Keaton Zirkle hit four three-pointers en route to 33 points and grabbed 14 boards to lead the host Raiders, who outrebounded A-P 43-24. The Trojans, who played to a first-half tie at 26 apiece, were led by Dentler Loschen (17 points) and Wade Rogers (15).

Chargers girls in control from opening tip

CHAMPAIGN — Centennial’s Chargers made certain there was no re-enactment of their 2012 regular season showing at Central’s Combes Gym.

A year ago, coach Susan Thomas’ state-ranked team stumbled against its crosstown rival, losing by four.

“To have that poor of a performance was one of their biggest regrets of the year,” Thomas said.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Joop, Sabers victorious

In boys’ basketball

St. Thomas More 55, PBL 46. Storm Joop and Joshua Koerner combined for 13 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Sabers to a home win. STM outscored the Panthers 17-10 in the final period. Joop finished with 19 points, and Jeremy Walder led the Panthers with 12 points.

Bulletin Board: Chrisman to honor Beals

CHRISMAN — One of the state’s winningest boys’ basketball coaches will have a court named in his honor Monday.

Chrisman will dedicate its court for Roger Beals, who won 541 games at the school, prior to Monday’s home varsity game against Tri-County, at about 7 p.m. Beals retired in 1992 with 638 career wins, a total that still ranks 27th on the all-time IHSA list.

Chart toppers: Fantastic freshman basketball players, courtesy Fred Kroner

Not all freshmen get the chance to play varsity during their first year in high school. Here are five who’ve had the chance and have excelled during the first half of the girls’ basketball season:

No. 1
Tori McCoy
St. Thomas More

Teams of the Week: Centennial boys' basketball in spotlight

The Chargers (13-4) ran their Big 12 record to 8-0 thanks to a double-overtime win at Bloomington in a game where 37 of their season-high 90 points came from free throws. Michael Finke made 12 free throws, and Dustin Walls hit eight.


Athletes of the Week: Huckstadt and Wynn

Holly Huckstadt, Schlarman Academy, Senior, Basketball
Recently: Had six three-pointers — tying a career high — in back-to-back games as the Hilltoppers beat Georgetown-Ridge Farm and Fountain Central (Ind.).

In her words: “Three-pointers have always been my favorite to shoot ever since I started playing in grade school.”

Rantoul's Wascher makes history

RANTOUL — Upon entering Rantoul High School, Hannah Wascher wasn’t quite sure how her basketball career with the Eagles would pan out.

Four years later, it’s easy to describe how the senior forward’s four-year career will live in the history books.

One of the program’s best.