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News-Gazette All-state girls' basketball team

FIRST TEAM

NAME SCHOOL HT. YR. COMMENT

Brooke Bisping Morton 5-8 Jr. Regarded as best player in Peoria area, led 18-12 team in scoring (21.1) and averaged 6.1 rebounds per game. Has 1,394 career points and 163 career threes.

Sarah Boothe Gurnee Warren 6-5 Sr. Stanford recruit ranked 30th nationally by Blue Star, scored in double figures in 30 of 31 games as a senior; for her 129-game career, averaged 15.8 points.

Q&A

Staff writer Jeff Huth sat down with Central coach Scott Davis as the Maroons looked to become Champaign's first state champion since 1946.

State Semifinal

Central vs. Simeon, 1:45 p.m. Friday

Lineups

Random thoughts

Random thoughts from high school beat writers Jeff Huth and Fred Kroner:

Central ticket information

Champaign Central will sell tickets to the IHSA Class 3A/4A state tournament in Peoria starting today.

Single-session tickets, priced at $8.50, will be available at the school athletic office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

The Final Four (Class 3A)

The schedule for this weekend's Class 3A Final Four at Peoria's Carver Arena:

Kroner: Central's wait is over

SPRINGFIELD – Time has a way of changing everything.

Champaign Central hasn't had a boys' basketball team play in a state tournament game during the lifetime of any current squad member.

Maroons turn attention to two-time champion Simeon

SPRINGFIELD – One team is returning to the boys' state basketball tournament for the first time in 39 years.

The other is the two-time defending state champion among Illinois' big schools.

Kroner: This year's Central season certainly sounds familiar

CHAMPAIGN – Hey there! Have you heard the story about the Champaign high school basketball team which played the state's No. 1 team?

How about the state-ranked team which made some late- season changes to its starting lineup to make the Sweet 16 with, among others, Mount Vernon?

Breaking it down

Staff writer Jeff Huth offers five thoughts on tonight's Class 3A super-sectional matchup between Champaign Central and Mount Vernon in Springfield: