Each Friday, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner will review the area girls' basketball scene:
Several outstanding teams will not win regional championships this season due to the geographical nature of assignments made by the IHSA. In Class 1A, the field at Chrisman will include Shiloh (20-1), Salt Fork (15-1, with the lone loss to Shiloh) and Chrisman (14-4, with two losses to Shiloh and one to Salt Fork). In Class 2A, the field at Olympia includes Bloomington Central Catholic (16-0) and Prairie Central (15-1).
Parkland College will be the site for a Class 1A super-sectional Feb. 23. The winners from sectionals at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley and Tuscola will be the participants. In 2A, the closest girls' super-sectional will be at Decatur's Millikin University, where the winners from sectionals at St. Thomas More and Olney will compete. In 3A, sectional winners from Lincoln and Centralia have been assigned to the Jacksonville Super-Sectional at Illinois College.
CLOSE TO A RECORD
St. Thomas More will try to win a school-record ninth straight home game next Thursday against CPCI. The record of eight first was set during the 2005-06 season when the Sabers set their record for consecutive wins, 14. Senior Kassie Jones is 46 points away from reaching the 1,000-point mark for her career. To date, the school's only 1,000-point scorer is Ashley Hayes (1,248). In addition to scoring well, Jones has put up eight double-doubles this season (five in a row in one stretch).
FIRST TO 20
Coach Dave Tingley's Shiloh squad was the first area team to reach 20 wins this season. The Raiders (20-1) hit that mark for the third straight year thanks to Thursday's 60-17 triumph against Arthur-Lovington.
ILLNESS SIDELINES HAWK
Prairie Central is without its top reserve, junior guard Paige Heiser, who is sidelined with mononucleosis. She is one of six Hawks who have scored in double figures this season. She could return prior to the start of regionals.
Saturday's varsity-only game between Providence St. Mel and Central in Champaign has been changed to a 10 a.m. tipoff at Combes Gym. St. Mel will be in town tonight to take on Centennial in a 7:30 game at Parkland College.
AMY MARTIN, Oakwood
In her past four games – including Thursday's 21-point performance against Hoopeston Area – Martin is averaging 26.5 points, 13.3 rebounds and has made 44 of 54 field goal attempts (81.5 percent).
LAUREN TAYLOR, Sullivan
Posted 31 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals in a losing cause against Cowden-Herrick.
JAMIE BLUE, Urbana Uni High
Freshman had 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists in win against Decatur Christian.
RILEY SCHROEDER, Iroquois West
Had 21 points, three assists and three steals in loss to Ridgeview.
TOP FIVE SCORERS (and ties)
LAUREN TAYLOR, Sullivan: 31 points vs. Cowden-Herrick
LAUREN KELLAR, Ridgeview: 26 points vs. Iroquois West
JAMIE BLUE, Urbana Uni High: 24 points vs. Decatur Christian
UZURI WILLIAMS, Judah Christian: 23 points vs. Normal Calvary
DANI BUNCH, Mahomet-Seymour: 22 points vs. Rantoul
KALEY CORBAN, Prairie Central: 22 points vs. Normal U-High
SHELBY HELFRICH, South Piatt: 22 points vs. Okaw Valley
TOP FIVE REBOUNDERS
KAYLA BRYANT, Westville: 22 boards vs. Armstrong-Potomac
HEATHRE DEPRATT, Westville: 18 boards vs. Armstrong-Potomac
RACHAEL BISHOP, Villa Grove: 17 boards vs. Tri-County
AMY MARTIN, Oakwood: 15 boards vs. Hoopeston Area
JAZMYN HARRIS, Danville: 11 boards vs. Centennial
The Comets are averaging 70.3 points during their past four games while shooting 52.5 percent from the field. During the winning streak, the team is averaging 22.5 assists per game and six different players have scored in double figures.
Kaylan Somers' first three-pointer this season created overtime and clutch free throw shooting by Kaley Corban and Abby Popejoy in the extra session helped the Hawks beat Normal U-High.
How news-gazette top 10 fared
SCHOOL (PREVIOUS) RECORD
1. Prairie Central (1) 15-1 Defeated Normal U-High, 63-55 (OT)
2. Salt Fork (8) 15-1 Defeated Schlarman, 59-20
3. Ridgeview (7) 13-2 Defeated Iroquois West, 76-55
4. St. Thomas More (4) 15-3 Defeated Tri-Point, 54-20
5. Shiloh (6) 20-1 Defeated to Arthur-Lovington, 60-17
6. Urbana (3) 12-3 Lost to MacArthur, 47-40
7. Unity (5) 13-6 Idle
8. Bismarck-Henning (2) 16-2 Defeated Georgetown-Ridge Farm, 67-40
9. Chrisman (9) 14-4 Idle
10. Fisher (–) 12-5 Idle