Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

Eyes on the prize: Monticello advances to sectional

CHAMPAIGN — Monticello senior Emma Reeder felt her body slam to the floor three times in the last four minutes of Tuesday’s Class 2A St.

HS Girls Basketball: 2A Sectional at STM

Oakwood vs. Monticello in a Class 2A girls' basketball sectional semifinal game at St. Thomas More in Champaign on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.

Cross' big night lifts Tigers to regional triumph

URBANA — Lauryn Cross had to make sure her team knew what a box-and-one was.

Explaining intricacies of the game has become a normal part of huddles for the young Urbana girls’ basketball team, particularly in the month since two key members of the team were ruled ineligible by the IHSA for a residency violation.

HS Girls Basketball: 3A Regional

Rantoul vs. Urbana in a Class 3A regional quarterfinal game at Urbana High School on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017.

Feb. 16 prep sports chat

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 11:00am

What area wrestlers could leave State Farm Center on Saturday night with a state title? How many area small-school girls' basketball teams could win a sectional title this week? What about any of the big schools as they begin regional play? Who are some candidates for The News-Gazette's winter athletes of the year? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis takes your questions at 11 a.m.

All involved: Storylines for the girls' basketball postseason

Class 4A
Centennial (6-19) vs. Normal West (11-15), 7 p.m.

Authority figure: Honesty fuels Hawkins' leadership

CHAMPAIGN — Former Illinois basketball player Fess Hawkins planned on naming his daughter Symphony Chanel. But when he went to the hospital 16 years ago, he was notified of a change of plans.

The baby girl would be named Fess, just like him.

“I kind of had to act like I had a problem with it,” he said, “But I was smiling so big inside. It was amazing.”

N-G Top 10: Girls’ basketball (Feb. 13)

Only six small-school teams are still playing in IHSA postseason action, but they fill up our latest Top 10 as play rolls on today across the state. Here’s more, courtesy sports editor MATT DANIELS:


Advanced Prep (Week of Feb. 13)

1. Today, Tuesday, Thursday: Class 3A/4A
girls’ basketball regionals

Urbana and Centennial host regionals in Class 3A and 4A, respectively. Centennial and Danville would have to pull off upsets to make it to Thursday’s Class 4A regional final, while Rantoul, Urbana, Mahomet-Seymour and Champaign Central will be underdogs to Mattoon for a 3A regional crown.