PAXTON — At times this season, practice scrimmages of 5-on-5 became impossible for the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley girls’ basketball team.
And after struggling to fill their roster and stay healthy — with senior point guard Amber Wittemann being the most notable injury casualty — the Falcons limped through the regular season.
Before plaques are hoisted, student sections storm the court and coaches either console or celebrate with their players, a by-the-numbers breakdown of what to expect during the next 40 days on the hardwood:
TUSCOLA — Hannah Foran and her Cerro Gordo/Bement teammates discounted previous results and tournament seeds to advance into the semifinals of Tuscola’s Class 2A girls’ basketball regional tournament.
Matched up with Sullivan, whom they lost to by 17 points last month, the 10th-seeded Broncos posted a 43-40 first-round win on Monday over the No. 7 Redskins.
CISSNA PARK — It wasn’t how they started. It was how they finished.
The truth in that statement comes from the season series between girls’ basketball teams from Urbana Uni High and Judah Christian, as well as in Monday night’s Class 1A Cissna Park Regional opener.
High school wrestling is fast approaching its return to Champaign next week for the state meet at State Farm Center. Who among our area wrestlers have a good shot of reaching that stage? How good was Tim Finke during Champaign Central's win at Centennial? What girls' basketball teams are poised to win regional titles this week? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis is chatting at 12:30 p.m.
N-G Boys’ Basketball Top 10
Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis checks in with his latest area rankings:
In boys’ basketball
Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament
■ South Newton (Ind.) 46, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 38. Paxton-Buckley-Loda had to settle for second place in the Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament.
In boys’ basketball
■ Arcola 62, Cerro Gordo/Bement 40. Kollin Seaman tallied a game-high 22 points as the visiting Purple Riders (19-3) rolled in Little Okaw Valley Conference play, picking up their 12th consecutive victory. Frankie Foran tossed in a team-high 16 points for the Broncos (2-18).