Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

Class 3A/4A girls' basketball: Big schools tip off run

Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS gives a rundown of each area program before their postseason starts today:

CLASS 4A

Quincy Regional

No. 11 Centennial Chargers (1-26)

Players to watch: Alayah Biggers (So.);Silvia Du (Jr.); Ashley Kirby (Sr.).

Vikings sophomore enamored with hoops leads local scorers

DANVILLE — When the 2017-18 girls' basketball season ended, Danville's Mikala Hall graced the top of the area scoring ranks with a 19.4 points-per-game average.

Hall now is hooping it up at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. On Twitter, folks can see her draining halfcourt shots in the Cougars' practices.

Tigers push win streak to five with road victory against Eagles

RANTOUL — The late-season surge by the Urbana boys' basketball team continues. At just the right time, too.

The Tigers posted their fifth straight win with a 74-61 nonconference victory on Saturday afternoon at Rantoul.

Toppers cap perfect run

DANVILLE — Schlarman girls' basketball has been here before.

Winning a Class 1A regional title is nothing new to the reigning small-school state champions.

Even so, Friday's 69-30 victory over fourth-seeded Armstrong-Potomac to secure a fourth consecutive regional plaque held special meaning to the top-seeded Hilltoppers.

HS Girls Basketball: Danville vs. Centennial

Centennial takes on Danville during a high school basketball game at Centennial High School Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Champaign. Danville won the game 60-35.

Class 2A Unity Girls' Basketball Regional title game highlights

Video highlights from the Class 2A Unity girls' basketball regional championship game on Feb. 7, 2019, with postgame reaction from St. Joseph-Ogden coach Kevin Taylor and athlete Hannah Dukeman, as well as Salt Fork coach Brian Russell.

Dukeman's half-court heave helps SJ-O sink Salt Fork

TOLONO — Hannah Dukeman planted herself directly on top of the large, maroon "U" at center court.

If the basketball headed her way, the St. Joseph-Ogden junior would need to beat the halftime buzzer during Thursday night's Class 2A Unity Regional final by firing from a significant distance.

She was well aware of it.

Girls' basketball statistical leaders: Feb. 8, 2019

SCORING

Player, School FG FT TP AVG HG

Houpt, Danville 137 118 419 20.0 43

Young, Oakwood 244 92 585 19.5 32

Am. Franklin, AOC 229 88 569 19.0 36

Peoples, Schlarman 214 89 527 18.8 22

Al. Franklin, AOC 213 69 550 18.3 30

Meidel, BHRA 220 95 547 17.6 28

Willis, Ch. Central 132 29 334 17.6 19

Falcons earn regional title

BEECHER — Claire Retherford posted 18 points, Makenzie Bielfeldt added 15 and Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley girls' basketball captured its first regional championship since 2005 by knocking off host Beecher 44-32 in a Class 2A final.

"These girls are super excited," Falcons coach Keri Dornbusch said. "I'm not sure how they're going to go to sleep, or how I'm going to go to sleep."

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