Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

Girls' basketball roundup: Maroons can't pull upset

RANTOUL — Champaign Central needed a fast start if the Maroons wanted to keep pace with Effingham.

But the state-ranked Flaming Hearts made sure to extinguish any hope of a Class 3A Rantoul Regional title for Central with a convincing 69-38 win on Thursday night.

Thrill of victory: Monticello escapes for overtime win

GILMAN — The Monticello girls' basketball team needed to survive another final St. Joseph-Ogden possession to beat the Spartans.

This time the Sages did.

'Sweet' win for Hilltoppers

COLFAX — Lopsided wins are common for the Schlarman girls' basketball team.

The season has featured a bevy of them, with the Hilltoppers winning 19 games by at least 30 points heading into Thursday night's Class 1A Ridgeview Sectional title game against Lexington.

Make it 20 now.

2A Sectional Title: SJO vs. Monticello

Class 2A  girls basketball sectional title game between St. Joseph-Ogden and Monticello at Iroquois West High School in Gilman on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Monticello won 41-40 in overtime.

Girls' basketball Sweet 16 capsules: Survive and advance

Class 2A

Iroquois West Sectional: St. Joseph-Ogden Spartans (21-8) vs. Monticello Sages (22-4)

Still standing: Central, M-S both advance to regional finals

RANTOUL — Most teams would have given up.

Most teams, however, aren't like the Champaign Central girls' basketball team.

The sixth-seeded Maroons pulled off an upset on Wednesday night, rallying past No. 3 Paris for a 47-44 win in a Class 3A Rantoul Regional semifinal game.

HS Girls Basketball: 3A Regional Semifinals

Urbana vs. Effingham and Champaign Central vs. Paris in Class 3A Regional semifinal games at Rantoul High  School on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. 

Ballot breakdown: High school basketball, Feb. 14, 2018

A look at how News-Gazette prep sports coordinator — and Associated Press voting member — COLIN LIKAS' high school basketball polls:

COLIN'S TOP 10: Class 4A boys


1. Simeon 1

2. Curie 2

3. Belleville West 3

4. Danville 4

5. Normal West 5

6. Whitney Young 6

Local teams hold serve in hoops polls

There was little movement among local prep basketball teams involved in the weekly Associated Press rankings, as the latest version was released Tuesday afternoon.

Danville, Champaign Central, Monticello and Ridgeview all retained their previous spots, while Cissna Park slipped out of the Class 1A boys' top 10.

VIDEO: Class 2A Iroquois West Girls Basketball Sectional Semifinals

Highlights from the Class 2A Iroquois West Sectional girls' basketball semifinals on Feb. 12, 2018, including comments from St. Joseph-Ogden coach Kevin Taylor and Monticello coach Dave Beery.