Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

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.

Zilis: Vikings inspired by late team member

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.

Saturday's highlights: Moore, Vikings keep streak alive

In boys’ basketball

Teutopolis Shootout
■ 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.

Riverton Shootout

Sages' stifling defense leads to regional crown

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.

Balance tips game for Comets

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.