NORMAL — Sherelle Coller had opportunities to become unnerved and distracted, but she didn't bite.
The Arthur-Lovington sophomore maintained her focus and composure during Thursday's Class 1A division of the state three-point shooting contest and registered the area's top finish. Coller ended in a two-way tie for sixth place.
She wouldn't have predicted such a lofty finish during warmups.
"I wasn't shooting well," she said.
The open background at Illinois State University's Redbird Arena can be difficult to master.
"I looked at it as normal," Coller said. "Every basket is the same distance (from the three-point line.)"
She hit her first shot and closed even stronger, sinking five of her final seven attempts. Overall, Coller made 8 of 15 three-point shots.
LeRoy's Ashley Walker was satisfied just being among the state's final 32 shooters.
"I don't ever shoot threes (in games)," Walker said. "I focus more on driving. I never thought I would get here. This was a different experience."
She hit three of her last four attempts and nailed six overall. Walker placed in a tie for 10th.
Schlarman's Holly Huckstadt made four shots and tied for 21st. Tri-County's Autumn Meyer had three makes and tied for 28th. Urbana Uni High's Jamie Blue withdrew.
In Class 2A, area sophomores Devin Curry, from Watseka, and Shania Scurlock, from Prairie Central, made 8 of 15 attempts and finished in a two-way tie for ninth place.
Paxton-Buckley-Loda senior Cheyenne Weber made six three-pointers and tied for 17th.
"It was good to wear the uniform one last time," Weber said. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not many people get to experience."
Weber made her last three shots.
"It was hard to adjust to the background, compared to what I'm used to in high school gyms," said Weber, who hopes to have the opportunity to play in college.
In 2A, it took a 10 to advance to the finals. The cutoff in 1A was nine. The average score in 1A was 5.6 The 2A average was 6.7.