Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

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.

Basketball roundup: Tuscola keeps rolling along

SULLIVAN — Heavy graduation losses from last season’s 24-win team dimmed the expectations this season for some outside of the Tuscola girls’ basketball program.

“People asked me if I thought it would be a good season if we went .500,” Warriors coach Tim Kohlbecker said.

He and his varsity team had other ideas. “I knew what we had coming back,” Kohlbecker said.

Despite loss, Bunnies build base for future

LeROY — When practices began prior to the 2016-17 season, Ken Ingold confessed he wasn’t sure what the year would hold.

PBL's Cinderella run comes to an end

CLIFTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda girls’ basketball season ended with a 42-35 loss to the host school of the Class 2A Clifton Central Regional on Thursday night.

The seventh-seeded Panthers did not lose the title game against the sixth-seeded Maroons (23-8) without a fight, though, as they rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Area prep girls' basketball leaders: Week of Feb. 6

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

A. Scott, Urbana    158    142    514    27.1    42

HS Girls Basketball: 2A Regional Championship

Monticello vs. Unity in the Argenta Class 2A Regional championship at Argenta-Oreana High School in Argenta on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.

Girls' postseason schedule doesn't sit well with some

MONTICELLO — Two days of practice before playing again is typical for most girls’ basketball teams throughout the week during the regular season.

The script flips, however, once postseason play commences. At least the opening week.

Athletes of the Week: Rantoul's Williams, Blue Ridge's Specht

Kevin Williams
Rantoul basketball

Why he was chosen: The senior averaged 25 points in Okaw Valley Conference wins against St. Thomas More and Monticello last week for the Eagles (17-6), who are unbeaten in OVC play at 5-0 before playing on Friday night at St. Joseph-Ogden.

Basketball roundup: Sabers reach regional final

STANFORD — Senior Maddy McCoy and junior Hayes Murray each scored 11 points to lead St. Thomas More to a 40-36 victory against Blue Ridge in a Class 2A regional girls’ basketball semifinal on Wednesday night.

Sophomore guard Hannah Brackenhoff made four three-pointers and totaled 14 points, while senior guard Josie Grammer ended her high school basketball career with 12 points.

Cissna Park, Ridgeview girls set up title bout

ARMSTRONG — Gabby Wessels was a little angry, she admitted with a laugh.

The Cissna Park girls’ basketball team had just won its Class 1A Armstrong Regional semifinal against the hosts 49-38 on Tuesday night, making 13 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter.

But Wessels missed a free throw late, and that didn’t sit well with her.