Girls' basketball: Let the postseason journey begin

Girls' basketball: Let the postseason journey begin

The girls' basketball postseason tips off today. Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS takes a capsule look at the 18 small-school teams who are slated to play today:

Class 2A St. Thomas More Regional

No. 9. Argenta-Oreana Bombers (10-17)

Who to watch: Maggie Millington (10.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg); Gabby Williams (9.8 ppg, 9.2 rpg); Camilyn Newbanks (69.0 free-throw percentage)

Outlook: Tenth-seeded Blue Ridge is a beatable foe for the Bombers, but they'll likely face too tall a task in top seed St. Joseph-Ogden in the regional semis.

No. 10. Blue Ridge Knights (4-24)

Who to watch: Elizabeth Bowns, Peyton Lappin

Outlook: Blue Ridge will need a serious shot in the arm to make some noise in this regional. Despite recent results, a win over A-O isn't entirely out of the question.Class 2A Watseka Regional

No. 9 Hoopeston Area Cornjerkers (9-20)

Who to watch: Ariel Reeves (10.1 ppg, 78.4 free throw percentage, 40 three-pointers); Shelby Symmonds (2.3 apg, 2.2 spg)

Outlook: Hoopeston Area fell by just four points to eighth-seeded Clifton Central, its regional quarterfinal opponent, in the regular season.

No. 10 Iroquois West Raiders (6-20)

Who to watch: Meara Tilstra (16.9 ppg, 14.8 rpg); Maya Sanchez (19 three-pointers, 2.7 apg, 2.9 spg)

Outlook: Seventh-seeded Momence is IW's regional quarterfinal foe, and the Raiders already own a 50-46 win this season against the Redskins.

Class 2A Georgetown-Ridge Farm Regional

No. 6 BHRA Blue Devils (24-6)

Who to watch: Emily Meidel (18.6 ppg, 49.4 field goal percentage, 73.8 free-throw percentage, 6.4 rpg, 3.6 spg); Annie Nelson (9.2 ppg, 36 three-pointers, 3.6 apg)

Outlook: A potential regional semifinal game with Monticello should present a clash of styles.

No. 7 Salt Fork Storm (16-13)

Who to watch: Madison Kirby (15.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg); Carsyn Todd (49 three-pointers)

Outlook: The Storm holds three victories over regional quarterfinal opponent Westville, and has beaten Oakwood, the potential regional semifinal opponent.

No. 8 Westville Tigers (12-17)

Who to watch: Jasman Severado (11.2 ppg, 64.8 free-throw percentage, 2.0 spg); Tiffanie Elliott (9.6 ppg)

Outlook: Losing three times to first-round opponent Salt Fork isn't good, and things haven't gone much better against possible regional semis foe Oakwood.

No. 14 Georgetown-Ridge Farm Buffaloes (0-26)

Who to watch: Maddelyn Roach, Ashlee LaGrand

Outlook: Playing defensive-oriented BHRA doesn't portend to solve the Buffaloes' offensive issues.

Class 2A ALAH Regional

No. 5 Sullivan Redskins (12-12)

Who to watch: Esther Miller (11.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.3 spg); Elizabeth Green (10.1 ppg, 25 three-pointers, 3.4 spg)

Outlook: Sullivan has a nice draw in its regional opener, as 10th-seeded Meridian owns four wins on the season.

No. 6 Villa Grove/Heritage Blue Devils (15-13)

Who to watch: Aliya Holloman (18.5 ppg, 34 three-pointers, 2.6 spg); Kyleigh Block (10.1 ppg, 66.2 free-throw percentage, 6.3 rpg, 4.5 apg, 2.8 spg)

Outlook: The Blue Devils lost to ALAH, its opponent today, by three points earlier in the season.

No. 7 ALAH Knight (12-12)

Who to watch: Marissa Herschberger (13.4 ppg, 76.0 free-throw percentage, 45 three-pointers, 2.2 apg, 3.1 spg); Hannah Wallen (12.3 ppg, 2.9 apg, 3.6 spg)

Outlook: ALAH had a strong 2016-17 campaign, but even if the Knights get by VG/H, Tuscola is looming.

Class 1A Nokomis Regional

No. 7 Cerro Gordo/Bement Broncos (7-17)

Who to watch: Hannah Foran (9.8 ppg, 2.7 spg); Megan Hart (58.3 percent field-goal shooting); Brandi VanMatre (28 three-pointers)

Outlook: Regional quarterfinal foe South Fork is a shade under .500 and has lost five of its last eight tilts, so the Broncos have a fair shot against their sixth-seeded foe.

Class 1A Chrisman Regional

No. 11 Chrisman Cardinals (6-21)

Who to watch: Hallee Watters; Samantha Lindsey; Eden Miller

Outlook: Ninth-seeded Martinsville is the Cardinals' regional quarterfinal draw. The Bluestreaks are just 9-18 this season, so a victory is not out of the realm of possibility for Chrisman on its home court.

Class 1A Fisher Regional

No. 5 Fisher Bunnies (12-16)

Who to watch: Becca Clanton (12.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.4 spg); Sidney Hood (11.4 ppg, 32 three-pointers); Alivia Spenard (9.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg)

Outlook: Fisher dumped ninth-seeded Uni High, the Bunnies' regional quarterfinal enemy, 50-12 earlier this season. It also knocked off No. 4 Lexington, which would be its regional semis opponent. Being at home, Fisher could surprise the field.

No. 6 Judah Christian Tribe (16-8)

Who to watch: Emma Fleming (10.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.7 spg); Sa'kinah Williams (9.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg)

Outlook: Rarely in 1A action do you see a 6 seed with this strong a record. Judah should be able to get by seventh-seeded LeRoy in the regional quarterfinals, but Ridgeview will be a great test. As hot as the Tribe is, it'd be wrong to overlook this squad.

No. 7 LeRoy Panthers (7-18)

Who to watch: Megan Woltkamp (69.0 percent free-throw shooting, 6.0 rpg); Danielle Hanshew (17 three-pointers)

Outlook: LeRoy is playing better of late, but Judah will likely prove too tall a task in the regional quarterfinals. If not, Ridgeview would be an even stiffer test next.

No. 9 Uni High Illineks (7-16)

Who to watch: Kristine Wang (49.3 field-goal percentage, 5.9 rpg); Macheila Anderson (8.2 rpg)

Outlook: Fisher's two-headed offensive threat of Becca Clanton and Sidney Hood may prove too much for Uni High. But should the Illineks pull ahead, a rugged regional semifinal matchup with Lexington offers little relief.

Class 1A Milford Regional

No. 6 Armstrong-Potomac Trojans (10-15)

Who to watch: Madi Gayheart (64.9 free-throw percentage, 5.6 rpg, 3.1 spg); Kayla Roe (6.7 rpg, 2.0 spg)

Outlook: The Trojans carry a comfortable win over Donovan into today's regional quarterfinal game and played Milford — Wednesday's potential regional semifinal foe — within nine points during the regular season. But Schlarman would be a major roadblock in the regional final.

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