Girls Basketball

Friday's prep highlights: Rowan, Smith propel Central boys

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■ Champaign Central 68, Decatur Eisenhower 45. Kameron Rowan and Isiah Smith combined for 31 points to lead the Maroons to a Big 12 home victory. Luke Beesley contributed eight rebounds and three blocks for Central.

STM girls reach Elite Eight — again

CLINTON — It was a girls’ basketball game between two parochial high schools.

For St. Thomas More coach Chris Mennig, it was really much more.

“They are the mountain for me,” Mennig said. “What Debbie (Kessinger Coffman) has been able to build has been the goal for us since the moment I set foot on the STM campus.”

Cissna Park girls capture thriller

GILMAN — In front of a loud crowd from both schools, Cissna Park won a roller-coaster of a ride,  defeating Iroquois West 46-43 Thursday night to win the girls’ Class 1A sectional championship basketball game to advance into the Elite Eight.

Centennial, Central girls bow out

CHAMPAIGN — Centennial discovered how hard it is to beat a team three times in a season.

Six days after the Chargers defeated Decatur Eisenhower in its gym, the Panthers paid a return visit Wednesday and ended the season for the state’s 12th-ranked girls’ basketball team.

Wednesday's prep highlights: Arcola girls reach Sweet 16

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Class 1A Sectional

At Toledo

Central vs. Mt. Zion Girls Basketball Regional

Champaign Central girls take on Mt. Zion at the Girls' Class 3A basketball regional at Centennial High School in Champaign on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. 

Centennial vs. Eisenhower Girls' Basketball Regional

Champaign Centennial girls take on Eisenhower at the Girls' Class 3A basketball regional at  Centennial High School in Champaign on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. 

Prep Sports Podcast 02-19-14

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STM cruises into sectional final

CLINTON — Finally, some drama for St. Thomas More.

The state’s top-ranked Class 2A girls’ basketball team had to survive a frantic start, but finished strong on Tuesday, polishing off Watseka for the third time this season, 60-30, in a sectional semifinal.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Raiders, Timberwolves advance in sectional semis

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At Gilman

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