DANVILLE — The final conversation between Danville assistant girls’ basketball coach Megan Gleason and D’Nija Parker wouldn’t have stood out from any other if it wasn’t their last.
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■ Danville 89, Robinson 56. Kendle Moore hit 20 points and Caleb Griffin had 17 to help the Vikings (17-6) to their eighth win in a row. Elijah Davis added 11 points, and Blaize Cobb-Griffin chipped in 10 points.
ARGENTA — It seems simple, but it made a huge difference.
Every time the Unity girls’ basketball team dribbled the ball down the floor during Thursday’s Class 2A Argenta-Oreana Regional final, five Monticello players crouched in a defensive stance, ready for whatever the Rockets’ offense could conjure.
FITHIAN — Oakwood coach Jeff Ford admitted it. A first quarter like his team had Thursday night against Watseka — just seven points on 3-of-13 shooting — would have been a difficult slow start to recover from earlier this season.
SULLIVAN — Heavy graduation losses from last season’s 24-win team dimmed the expectations this season for some outside of the Tuscola girls’ basketball program.
“People asked me if I thought it would be a good season if we went .500,” Warriors coach Tim Kohlbecker said.
He and his varsity team had other ideas. “I knew what we had coming back,” Kohlbecker said.
LeROY — When practices began prior to the 2016-17 season, Ken Ingold confessed he wasn’t sure what the year would hold.
CLIFTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda girls’ basketball season ended with a 42-35 loss to the host school of the Class 2A Clifton Central Regional on Thursday night.
The seventh-seeded Panthers did not lose the title game against the sixth-seeded Maroons (23-8) without a fight, though, as they rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
(Minimum 9.0 ppg)
Player, School FG FT TP AVG HG
A. Scott, Urbana 158 142 514 27.1 42
MONTICELLO — Two days of practice before playing again is typical for most girls’ basketball teams throughout the week during the regular season.
The script flips, however, once postseason play commences. At least the opening week.