Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

Prep pulse: March 18, 2019

The spring sports season is officially under way.

Baseball, softball, girls' soccer and boys' tennis events were contested last week through iffy weather, joining the already-ongoing indoor track and field scene.

That means there are some things to discuss pertaining to the conclusion of winter prep athletics and the start of the spring campaign.

Saturday's prep highlights: Williams snaps meet, school records

In boys' basketball

Metro East Kickoff Classic

2018-19 prep basketball schedules and results


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

Hoopeston Area's Eighner wins three-point contest

PEORIA — Hoopeston Area senior Graham Eighner already showed his outside shooting potential by just making it to state in the Class 2A three-point contest.

Prep pulse: March 4, 2019

As far as IHSA postseason action is concerned, the 2018-19 girls' basketball campaign ended for local teams on Feb. 23, when Schlarman, St. Joseph-Ogden and Tri-County wrapped up their respective state runs at Redbird Arena.

STM graduate lends Illinois State women's basketball late assist this season

NORMAL — For all intents and purposes, Lexi Wallen's competitive basketball career ended with a 48-46 loss to Bloomington Central Catholic in a Class 2A sectional championship game on Feb. 17, 2015.

A St. Thomas More senior, her time on the hardwood was up. She was preparing for her future role as part of Illinois State's volleyball team.

And that never changed.

Lexi Wallen: Not Done Yet


Local family ties bind ex-Vikings on state run

CHICAGO — It's not uncommon to see familial connections in IHSA state tournaments.

For example, both the Schlarman and St. Joseph-Ogden girls' basketball groups fielded a father-daughter, coach-player combination last week — the Hilltoppers with Keith and Anaya Peoples, and the Spartans with Kevin and Maclayne Taylor.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 27, 2019

This time, SYDNEY GOUARD was prepared to celebrate a state title.

Before Saturday's championship game at Redbird Arena, the Schlarman senior gave her cellphone to a team manager with simple instructions: Hand it to me as soon as the buzzer sounds.

Girls' basketball state third-place game: St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Hillsboro

Video highlights from the Class 2A girls' basketball state third-place game between St. Joseph-Ogden and Hillsboro on Feb. 23, 2019, at Redbird Arena, with postgame reaction from Spartans coach Kevin Taylor and athletes Peyton Crowe, Hannah Dukeman and Bree Trimble, as well as Hilltoppers coach Bret Tuetken.