Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

Houpt paces area contingent in 2019 IBCA all-star games

PONTIAC — Sean Houpt’s basketball career at Danville ended at the hands of E.J. Liddell and his Belleville West teammates in a Class 4A sectional title game loss in March.

Now, Houpt and Liddell will be teammates at the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game on June 8 in Pontiac.

Easton seeks to bring best to Sabers girls' basketball

CHAMPAIGN — Scott Easton is aware of his reputation as a high school basketball coach.

"Typically what's happened ... the school needed somebody that was knowledgeable that they could put in there right away," Easton said, "and lead the group and not have a whole lot of concerns."

The 62-year-old's latest project is one with which he's very familiar.

Easton returns to take over STM girls' hoops

St. Thomas More is going back to its roots with its latest girls' basketball coaching hire, as the school announced Friday that Scott Easton will take over the program.

Easton replaces Ashley VanEtten, who is not returning to the squad after one campaign in charge.

Thirteen local leaders draw annual IBCA awards

Thirteen individuals connected to local programs will be recognized as Illinois Basketball Coaches Association coaches of the year at an upcoming banquet.

Nine high school leaders and four junior high bosses were among those chosen by the IBCA. All will be honored at Normal's Redbird Arena during a May 4 event, which also will serve as the IBCA Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Oakwood hoops standout Young commits to Murray State

FITHIAN — Katelyn Young will be a member of the Murray State women’s basketball team beginning with its 2020-21 season, as the Oakwood junior verbally committed to the Division I program Monday evening.

2019 Parkland/N-G Girls' All-Star Basketball Highlights

Video highlights from the 2019 Parkland College/News-Gazette All-Star girls' basketball game on April 14, 2019, at Dodds Athletic Center in Champaign.

Schlarman's Gouard goes out on a win

CHAMPAIGN — Sydney Gouard and her Schlarman girls' basketball teammates didn't know much about buzzer-beating victories over the last two seasons.

The repeat Class 1A state champions rarely lost and frequently won by double figures. Having contests come down to the wire was, more often than not, unheard of.

Hughes gets one last shot to shine

CHAMPAIGN — NaKaya Hughes didn't get to finish her high school basketball career on her own terms.

The St. Thomas More athlete missed both her senior night and the Sabers' Class 2A postseason opener, stuck in concussion protocol.

STM lost both games.

Rare air

UPDATE: April 9, 2019

With the 2018-19 prep basketball season in the books, preps coordinator Colin Likas has checked in with local schools about their latest 1,000-point scorers. Turns out, a fair number of kids cracked the plateau.

2019 N-G All-State POY Anaya Peoples: 'This has been an experience that I will cherish forever'

We asked Schlarman senior standout Anaya Peoples, our All-State Player of the Year, to explain, in her own words, what these last four years have meant to her:

If I had to describe my high school basketball experience, I would use these adjectives: special, unimaginable, unique and unreal.