Class 1A/2A girls' basketball: Monday night madness awaits

Class 1A/2A girls' basketball: Monday night madness awaits

Sports editor MATT DANIELS breaks down nine area small-school teams still playing at the sectional level:


Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Sectional

Monday's semifinal games

Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin (27-6) vs. Watseka (25-3), 6 p.m.

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (24-5) vs. St. Joseph-Ogden (25-4), 7:30 p.m.

Area outlook: Picking a favorite here isn't easy, particularly with each team featuring dynamic players. St. Joseph-Ogden relies heavily on seniors Bree Trimble and Peyton Crowe, with those two both having more than 1,000 career points and keying the current 12-game win streak SJ-O is on. GCMS has won 13 of its 14 games in 2019, with seniors Claire Retherford and Megan Moody capable of carrying the Falcons. BHRA junior Emily Meidel can single-handedly lift the Blue Devils' offense, and veteran coach Mike Stephens has carved his reputation out for having tough-nosed defensive teams. Watseka counts on seniors Kennedy Bauer, Magan Harris and Mallory Drake for production.

Title pick: St. Joseph-Ogden 57, Watseka 48. The Warriors avenge an earlier loss to BHRA, but can't match up with the Spartans, who win the program's first sectional title since 2007.

Tuscola Sectional

Monday's semifinal games

Sullivan (25-3) vs. Edwards County (24-4), 6 p.m.

Teutopolis (29-4) vs. Pana (22-9), 7:30 p.m.

Area outlook: Sullivan's eighth-year coach Sheri McCain — a standout on the Redskins' 1991 Class A state championship team — has her alma mater back at this stage for the second consecutive season. Senior Esther Miller and sophomore Emily White have led Sullivan's resurgence.

Title pick: Teutopolis 51, Sullivan 50. Wooden Shoes win sectional title for fourth straight year, edging Sullivan for the second time this season.


St. Teresa Sectional

Monday's semifinal games

Schlarman (28-2) vs. St. Teresa (20-8), 6 p.m.

Ridgeview (23-7) vs. Milford (16-11), 7:30 p.m.

Area outlook: McDonald's All-American and Notre Dame signee Anaya Peoples leads a talented Hilltoppers team that has won 16 straight games and is looking to defend its Class 1A state title. Senior Mya Tinsley, a Lake Land signee, bolsters Ridgeview, while junior Kaylee Warren and Milford has gone 6-2 since losing 69-20 to Schlarman on Jan. 14.

Title pick: Schlarman 70, Ridgeview 35. Peoples isn't the only D-I talent that Schlarman has. Senior Sydney Gouard (Oakland signee) and junior Capria Brown (Xavier commit) give this small-school program unparalleled options that no other small-school program can boast in the state.

Central A&M Sectional

Monday's semifinal games

Tri-County (26-4) vs. Effingham St. Anthony (22-10), 6 p.m.

Altamont (28-3) vs. Central A&M (20-8), 7:30 p.m.

Area outlook: Tri-County's only loss to a 1A school this year is to Schlarman. Coach Joe Morrisey's team — highlighted by balanced contributions from senior Kiersten Price-Wilson, sophomore Tayler Barry and senior Harley Barry — has played a difficult regular-season schedule to prepare this talented group for the chance to thrive in the postseason.

Title pick: Tri-County 53, Altamont 46. After losing sectional title games in 2018 and 2016, this is the year the Titans get it done, punching a ticket to the Salem Super-Sectional on Feb. 18.