OTTAWA — Brian Anderson knew his Danville girls’ basketball team would have to play its best game of the season. And Rock Island would have to falter.
Neither situation materialized early in the Class 4A Ottawa Regional title game on Friday night, a game the Vikings lost 64-30 to end Danville’s most successful season in more than two decades.
DECATUR — A winning record, let alone a regional title, didn’t seem likely for the Mahomet-Seymour girls’ basketball team a month ago.
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■ Champaign Central 74, Danville 67. Walker Stillman picked the perfect time to make his only three-pointer of the night. The Champaign Central junior sent the Big 12 game at Combes Gym into overtime by making a three-pointer with 2.3 seconds left in regulation, helping Central rally from 19 down and pick up its fifth consecutive win.
CHAMPAIGN — Welcome to Class 3A, St. Thomas More.
The Sabers girls’ basketball team came through with its fifth straight regional title Thursday night with a nailbiting 79-76 win against Urbana at Combes Gym, but its first in 3A.
PANA — Hold Teutopolis under 40 points and Tuscola girls’ basketball coach Tim Kohlbecker liked his team’s chances.
But a season-low offensive output ensued for the Warriors on Thursday night in a Class 2A Pana Sectional title game, and with it, the Wooden Shoes knocked off Tuscola 38-22.
MONTICELLO — An unprecedented run of girls’ basketball success started when Andrea Fuoss, Skylar Small, Savannah Mims, Renee Gerling and Ariel Medina walked into Iroquois West four years ago.
DECATUR — Thursday night’s Class 1A sectional title game at Decatur Lutheran had everything a high school basketball fan could want.
Two Top 10 teams — No. 2 Schlarman vs. No. 4 Cissna Park — and multiple Division I prospects on the court at the same time.
It just took a couple quarters for the game to live up to its billing.
Why he was chosen: The Bulldogs sophomore guard broke through for a career-high 34 points during Mahomet-Seymour’s 54-53 win at Prairie Central, sinking 8 of 10 three-pointers in the Corn Belt victory.
PONTIAC — Kiana Coomber scored a game-high 28 points, leading Prairie Central to a 61-52 victory against Pontiac in a Class 3A girls’ regional semifinal on Wednesday night.
Ashley Harfst paced Pontiac with 22 points.
The second-seeded Hawks will play third-seeded Metamora for the title at 7 p.m. Friday.