Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

39th All-Area Girls' Basketball: All-conference, all-county teams

BIG 12 CONFERENCE
All-Conference

SENIORS — Kiara Moses (Urbana); Alexis Smith (Champaign Central)
JUNIORS — Megan Burton (Danville); x-McKenzie Jenkins (Peoria); Mary Lakes (Manual); x-Jailynn Lawson (Peoria); Mary O’Brien (Peoria ND); Kendall Sosa (Normal Comm.); Summer Stoewer (Normal Comm.)

39th All-Area Girls' Basketball COY: Schlarman's Keith Peoples

Why he’s Coach of the Year: Schlarman’s sectional title was years in the making. Peoples coaches the Hilltoppers’ grade school and middle school teams, cultivating a group that features several Division I prospects. Schlarman finished the season 27-3 despite playing with just seven players on the varsity roster most of the season.

39th All-Area Girls' Basketball: Meet the first team

Kiana Coomber
Prairie Central, Sr., G

Why she made it: The Loyola Chicago signee put up 19.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game this season to lead the Hawks to a Class 3A regional championship.

39th All-Area Girls' Basketball POY: STM's Tori McCoy

CHAMPAIGN — Tori McCoy sprang off her seat at the end of the bench.

“Stay up!” the 6-foot-4 McDonald’s All-American yelled to her team after a made basket, urging her team to press its opponents as it attempted to scratch out an improbable playoff comeback.

Final '15-16 girls' basketball leaders

SCORING
(Minimum 9.0 ppg)
Player, School     FG     FT     TP     AVG     HG

Maynard, PBL    230    112    597    22.1    36

Video: News-Gazette All-Area girls basketball first team

Ten area players from nine schools earned News-Gazette all-area first-team honors. Check out the video below to find out who took home the prestigious honor.

March 31 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 2:00pm

The offseason is upon the two major programs at Illinois, but will Lovie Smith and John Groce win on the court in 2016 and off the court? How is Josh Whitman settling into his role as athletic director? Will top recruits finally land at Illinois in football and men's basketball? Who are some top area high school recruits? How does The News-Gazette determine its All-Area teams?

March 31 prep sports chat

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 12:30pm

How did Tori McCoy's experience at the McDonald's All-American Game go? Who is The News-Gazette's area wrestler of the year? What baseball, softball and girls' soccer teams might make a run to the state tournament? How are the area track and field teams looking as the outdoor season is about to get into full swing? What about boys' tennis?

New SJ-O AD builds off success

ST. JOSEPH — One of the more successful athletic programs in the area will have a new athletic director next school year.

Stiff: 'Maybe it's time'

ARCOLA — Nancy Stiff has heard the questions for a decade: Is this it? Are you going to hang it up?

Stiff’s answer has always been no.

But now, after 43 years as the only girls’ basketball coach in Arcola history, this is it for Stiff. She is hanging it up.

The longtime Purple Riders coach told her team Monday that she was retiring.