Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

STM girls keep first 3A run rolling

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.

Schlarman's comeback falls short in super-sectional

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.

HS Girl's 3A Sectional: STM vs. Springfield

St. Thomas More with a 47-41 win over Springfield in a 3A semi-final game at the Clinton Sectional on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016.

Feb. 25 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:00pm

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.

Feb. 25 prep sports chat

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 12:30pm

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.

Three area girls' teams eye state bid

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)

Area prep statistics: Girls' basketball (Feb. 22)

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

Maynard, PBL    230    112    597    22.1    36

On campus: Urbana grad Slaughter sparkles

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.

Danville girls end successful season

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.

Prairie Central girls advance; M-S girls fall

DECATUR — A winning record, let alone a regional title, didn’t seem likely for the Mahomet-Seymour girls’ basketball team a month ago.