Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

Area girls' basketball stats (through Feb. 23)

(Minimum 9.0 ppg)

Player, School     FG     FT     TP     AVG     HG

Athletes of the Week: Luffman, Hawkins

Luke Luffman

Urbana wrestling

Why he was chosen: The sophomore shined in the Class 2A 220-pound weight class, beating four opponents — and outscoring them by a combined 15-5 margin — to secure Urbana’s first state title since Cameron Mammen in 2013 and the eighth Urbana wrestler in program history to win a state championship.

Area college update (Feb. 23): Meacham sets record

Contributor Troy Gentle catches up with ex-area standouts excelling in college:

Feb. 23 prep sports chat

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 12:30pm

How impressive was the area wrestling scene this winter? What boys' basketball teams could go on a run to Peoria? How surprising it is that no girls' basketball team won a sectional title? What boys' swimmers have a chance to win a state title this weekend? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis will take your questions at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, but feel free to send him some ahead of time.

Friday's highlights: Cardinals, Panthers win league titles

In boys’ basketball
ECIC Tournament
■ Bloomington Cornerstone 50, Judah Christian 35. Cade Chitty scored a team-high 16 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Tribe (13-13) in the title game.

Area prep statistics: Girls' basketball (Feb. 17)

(Minimum 9.0 ppg)

Player, School     FG     FT     TP     AVG     HG
A. Scott, Urbana    158    142    514    27.1    42

Sages girls overwhelmed by BCC's stifling defense

CHAMPAIGN — Defense was at the heart of Monticello girls’ basketball’s 22-win season and its fourth straight regional title — a program first.

Defense was also central to the Sages’ Class 2A St. Thomas More Sectional championship showdown with regular postseason foe Bloomington Central Catholic. Just not necessarily in the way Monticello expected.

Tri-County girls done in by big fourth quarter

ARCOLA — Tri-County girls’ basketball had enough for a comeback, but couldn’t supply the finishing touch.

Trailing by seven points at halftime of Thursday’s Class 1A Arcola Sectional championship game, Tri-County pulled into a 33-33 tie entering the final quarter, but ultimately had its eight-game winning streak ended by Christ Our Rock Lutheran, from Centralia, 55-48.

Central girls can't stop Green Wave

URBANA — Second-year Champaign Central girls’ basketball coach Pancho Moore and the Maroons felt the sting of an early postseason loss a year ago.

But it wasn’t nearly the same as Thursday’s 67-51 loss to Class 3A No. 5 Mattoon in the 3A Urbana Regional final.

Girls Basketball: 2A Sectional Title Game

Class 2A sectional title game between Monticello and Bloomington Central Catholic at St. Thomas More High School in Champaign on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.