Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

Central girls can't stop Green Wave

URBANA — Second-year Champaign Central girls’ basketball coach Pancho Moore and the Maroons felt the sting of an early postseason loss a year ago.

But it wasn’t nearly the same as Thursday’s 67-51 loss to Class 3A No. 5 Mattoon in the 3A Urbana Regional final.

Girls Basketball: 2A Sectional Title Game

Class 2A sectional title game between Monticello and Bloomington Central Catholic at St. Thomas More High School in Champaign on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.

Three’s company: Girls' basketball storylines

Both Monticello and Tri-County girls’ basketball programs will try to advance to the Elite Eight tonight, while Champaign Central will aim for the Maroons’ first regional title since 2010. Sports editor MATT DANIELS takes a closer look at the three remaining area girls’ basketball teams still playing before they all tip off at 7 tonight:


Athletes of the Week (week of Feb. 15)

Jake Frost
Unity wrestling

Why he was chosen: The junior improved to 39-1 on the season after he won a 182-pound Class 1A sectional title at Clinton and enters the state tournament as a potential favorite to win a state title.

Prep Highlights: Feb. 14

In boys’ 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.