CLINTON — Jay Price rolled the dice early Monday night, and the result worked out in his favor.
When All-America Ohio State signee Tori McCoy picked up her second foul in the second quarter of Monday’s Class 3A Clinton Sectional semifinal game, the St. Thomas More coach elected to keep her on the bench the remainder of the half.
ROMEOVILLE — Sierra Bell pulled the neck of her jersey to her face as tears began to flow just before the final buzzer sounded on Schlarman’s season.
The seven other girls on the talented Hilltoppers team will be back after Monday’s 48-44 loss to Seton Academy in the Class 1A Lewis University Super-Sectional. But this was Bell’s last chance to win a state title.
What's going on with Illinois athletics? What are the biggest challenges Josh Whitman faces? Will John Groce be around for a fifth season? Does Bill Cubit have a chance to coach Illinois beyond 2016? How does The News-Gazette handle coverage of certain events? Sports editor Matt Daniels will take any and all inquiries in his 2 p.m. chat on Thursday. Feel free to submit questions beforehand.
What were the biggest takeaways from the state wrestling meet? Who are some boys' basketball teams to watch out for this postseason? Can Payton Woods win a state title? When do spring sports start? When will The News-Gazette publish its winter All-Area teams? Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis has the area high school sports scene covered, so ask him about it in his 12:30 p.m. chat Thursday.
Only three area girls’ basketball teams are still playing in their quest to reach Redbird Arena. A look at each ahead of their respective games Monday:
Schlarman Hilltoppers (27-2)
(Minimum 9.0 ppg)
Player, School FG FT TP AVG HG
Maynard, PBL 230 112 597 22.1 36
Senior Kirsten Slaughter, from Urbana, was a multiple-event winner and all-conference honoree for Illinois Wesleyan at the CCIW Swimming & Diving Championships in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. Slaughter won the 50 freestyle in 23.33 seconds, which is the sixth-best time in Division III, as well as the 200 free in 1 minute, 52.50 seconds.
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.