NORMAL — The conversation was to the point.
When freshmen Jade Brinkoetter and Erica Wallen first sat in coach Chris Mennig’s office, he showed them a local newspaper article he had clipped out.
The story documented how Brinkoetter and Wallen had helped St. Matthew win the eighth-grade girls’ basketball state championship in 2008.
NORMAL — In a season of milestones for the St. Thomas More girls’ basketball team, sophomore Lexi Wallen was at her best when the opposition was the best.
She reached the 500-point mark for the second consecutive season once the Sabers reached state. It wasn’t a total she achieved by flourishing against the weaker schools.
MOUNT ZION — One by one, they exited the floor.
A few jogged. A few walked.
St. Thomas More beat El Paso-Gridley 62-48 in their Class 2A state semifinal game in the IHSA state tournament at Illinois State’s Redbird Arena in Normal on Friday, February 22, 2013.
NORMAL — Tori McCoy’s television debut was Emmy-worthy.
The 6-foot-4 freshman was the dominant force from the opening tip Friday night as St. Thomas More handed El Paso-Gridley a 62-48 Class 2A state semifinal loss in the IHSA state tournament at Illinois State’s Redbird Arena.
NORMAL — The folding chairs were aligned in rows. Three of them. Four players per row.
St. Thomas More’s girls’ basketball team listened intently to coach Chris Mennig on Friday night before making their state tournament debut at Illinois State’s Redbird Arena.
He left the players with a parting locker-room message.
CHAMPAIGN — Susan Thomas was in complete agreement to postpone Centennial’s sectional championship girls’ basketball game, scheduled for Thursday, due to the predictions of a winter storm moving through the area.
The Chargers coach, however, completely disagrees with the choice when to make up the game.
NORMAL — Armstrong-Potomac junior Morgan Zindars is one of four qualifiers for today’s Class 1A three-point shooting finals. She hit 9 of 15 attempts during Thursday’s 32-person competition at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena and tied for the fourth spot.
NORMAL — The experts have spoken.
The question is, who are the real experts? When it comes to evaluating the Class 2A girls’ basketball state tournament field, there are as many opinions as there are interested parties.
Those who vote in the weekly Associated Press state polls anointed St. Thomas More as the state’s No. 1 team in each of the last five regular season rankings.