Area girls' basketball leaders: Dec. 14, 2018


Player, School FG FT TP AVG HG

Herschberger, ALAH 60 51 188 18.8 27

Young, Oakwood 82 31 219 18.3 25

Houpt, Danville 51 36 145 18.1 25

E. Miller, Sullivan 63 24 142 17.8 25

Al. Franklin, AOC 58 26 159 17.7 30

Knudsen, Unity 71 16 176 17.6 24

Peoples, Schlarman 27 14 70 17.5 22

Illini volleyball watch parties turn from elated to stunned

Illinois volleyball fans came out to three different Final Four watch parties across Champaign on Thursday. Their mood turned after winning the first two sets, and fans filed out in stunned silence after the Illini lost to Nebraska in a fifth-set tiebreaker.

'It's kind of a bittersweet match'

MINNEAPOLIS — John Cook knows a thing or two about volleyball. The Nebraska coach has his team in a third national championship match in four years after Thursday's five-set win against Illinois, and the Cornhuskers will be playing for their fifth title since he took over the program in 2000.

Stunning ending to season leads to outpouring of emotions for Illini

MINNEAPOLIS — Jordyn Poulter tried to fight the tears that welled in her eyes.

It was a hit-or-miss proposition.

They were there even if most of them — through some real effort — ultimately remained unshed.

Thursday's prep highlights: Morris notches 29 for Sabers in win

In boys' basketball

Toyota of Danville Classic

Cissna Park 75, Armstrong-Potomac 26. A pair of Timberwolves (5-0) reached 20 points in an event-opening win over the Trojans (4-7). Christian Stadeli and Ian Rogers both posted 20 points, with Rogers draining six three-pointers. Kyler Stephens' 14 points charged A-P.

Postcards from the beat writer: 'A fire hazard in the making'

MINNEAPOLIS — The pep rallies for each team at the Pourhouse in downtown Minneapolis was a fire hazard in the making. Fans from each Final Four team poured into the sports bar starting before 4 p.m. with BYU supporters, creating a logjam as they passed each other entering and exiting the venue. It also led to some interesting interactions.

2018-19 prep basketball schedules and results


Nov. 20    vs. BHRA*            L 59-25        0-1

2018 high school holiday tournament scoreboard

2018 holiday tournament schedule

Quick reaction: Nebraska 3, Illinois 2


Illinois looked unstoppable in the first two sets as Jacqueline Quade demolished Nebraska. But the Cornhuskers refused to yield and ultimately stunned the Illini in five.


LIVE! Final Four

MINNEAPOLIS — Illinois looked poised to advance to its first national championship match since 2011. But a 2-0 lead on defending champions Nebraska didn't hold up. The Cornhuskers rallied, taking a 22-25, 16-25, 25-23, 25-20, 15-11 victory to advance to Saturday's championship match against Stanford.