Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

Iroquois West, Cissna Park earn rematch

GILMAN — The Cissna Park defense was too much for LeRoy on Tuesday night in a Class 1A sectional semifinal.

The Timberwolves won 47-25.

The Panthers shot 18 percent from the field, facing long scoring droughts they couldn’t overcome in a physical contest.

Despite Vikings' loss, hope still floats

DANVILLE — Basketball, in its organized form, is 5-on-5.

For much of Tuesday’s Class 4A girls’ regional semifinal game, it morphed into a 4-on-1 contest. Translation: Normal West had four of its seniors in the starting lineup and brought another senior off the bench. Danville’s lone senior, Michaela Jones, hardly ever left the game.

Teams of the Week: STM girls' basketball in spotlight


Coach Jay Price’s second-ranked Sabers (26-3) captured the school’s fourth consecutive regional championship in Class 2A, posting double-digit wins against two Okaw Valley Conference foes, Unity and St. Joseph-Ogden. Liz Bristow scored 31 points in the two regional games. Lexi Wallen had 30 points, and Ariana Smith had 14.

HS Girls' Basketball Regional: Danville vs. Normal West

Danville girls take on Normal West  at the regional semifinal at Danville High School in Danville on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Danville lost 51-40.

Watseka bows out with (senior) class

HOOPESTON — Seasons end, but traditions can stay intact.

That’s the message Taylor Bauer hopes the younger members of Watseka’s girls’ basketball team take to heart.

Bauer and her senior class set an unparalleled standard of excellence, becoming the first girls’ squad at the school with four successive 20-win seasons in the sport.

Central, Centennial girls move on

RANTOUL — Dribble penetration from Champaign Central’s Imani Maatuka drew plenty of attention from the Urbana defense Monday night in their Class 3A regional quarterfinal matchup. It also pulled the Tigers’ focus from Sky Bowdry on the perimeter.

HS Girls's Basketball: 3A Rantoul Regional

Champaign Central vs. Ubana and Centennial vs. Rantoul in Class 3A regional games at Rantoul on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

Feb. 18 high school sports chat

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 11:30am

Who are some favorites at the wrestling state finals? What about girls' basketball? Boys' basketball? When do All-Area teams come out? Ask and executive sports editor Fred Kroner will answer.

Kroner: Game will be family affair

The opening game of Rantoul’s Class 3A regional will end with only one happy member of the Maatuka family.

Urbana coach Jamal Maatuka will direct his Tigers against a Champaign Central team that features his senior daughter, Imani, as one of the starters.

Kroner: Bristows tested, not broken by tragedy

CHAMPAIGN — Beverly Bristow shudders when she thinks about the early-morning choice she made Dec. 19, 1999.

Her husband, Jim, was heading to a local restaurant for coffee with friends. It was a regular Sunday routine.

“Sometimes I went with him,” Beverly Bristow said. “I almost put the twins in bed with their mom and went along. For some reason, I didn’t (that day).”