Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

Marsh to take over Oakwood girls' basketball program

FITHIAN — When Jeff Ford decided he'd step down as the Oakwood girls' basketball coach once his squad's 2017-18 season was complete, there were two ways the school could've gone about looking for his successor.

Top of the Morning, March 24, 2018

She's 24, living in Phoenix and well on her way to a career as a psychiatrist.

But Cheyenne Hedrington hasn't forgotten her roots.

Her mother, Rhonda Overcast, stopped by News-Gazette Media to drop off Cheyenne's letter, which thanks the many people in Champaign-Urbana who helped her in time of need.

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UPDATE: Feb. 25, 2018

Thanks to quick responses from many area high schools, our list of 1,000-point basketball scorers that debuted Feb. 11 has nearly doubled. You can view our latest additions in Sunday's News-Gazette. The complete list, in PDF form, is connected to this story as well.

Colin's Best Of The Bunch: March 20, 2018

This week's Best of the Bunch, with preps coordinator Colin Likas, offers props to athletes from Urbana, Monticello, Champaign Central, Georgetown-Ridge Farm, Chrisman and St. Thomas More.

Prep pulse | March 19

Our winter All-Area coverage is off and running.

In Sunday's News-Gazette, readers could see our All-Area girls' basketball package. It was headlined by Schlarman junior Anaya Peoples, who repeated as Player of the Year after keying the Hilltoppers to the first state championship in program history.

All-Conference, All-County Teams | 2018 Girls' Basketball


(x — unaminous)

First Team

SENIORS — Kaelyn Froebe (Lincoln); Paige Swango (Charleston)

JUNIORS — Carsyn Fearday (Effingham); Miranda Fox (Effingham); Natalie Snyder (Taylorville)

FRESHMAN — Shae Littleford (Charleston)

Second Team

SENIORS — Erin Lenschow (Mahomet-Seymour); Ashlyn MacDonald (Mattoon)

N-G Final Top 10 | 2018 girls' basketball


1. Schlarman 33-1: History was made at Redbird Arena when coach Keith Peoples' Hilltoppers captured the Class 1A state championship, the first title in program history.

2. Monticello 23-5: Coach Dave Beery's Sages ran into Class 2A state runner-up Chicago Harlan in the super-sectional round to cap an impressive season.

All-Area Girls' Basketball 2018

Members of the News-Gazette's All-Area Girls' Basketball team at the Richard T. Ubben Basketball Complex Sunday, March 11, 2018, on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign.

2018 All-Area girls' basketball | Meet the first team

Capria Brown

G, So., Schlarman

Final Area Statistics | 2018 girls' basketball


Player, School FG FT TP AVG HG

Hall, Danville 216 114 542 19.4 36

Meidel, BHRA 242 115 610 19.1 33

Young, Oakwood 236 113 574 19.1 42

Holloman, VG/H 168 93 466 17.9 31

Myers, Monticello 164 107 495 17.7 31

Trimble, SJ-O 216 88 532 17.7 22

Cramer, Watseka 191 109 556 17.4 44

Tilstra, IWest 182 92 452 17.3 35