Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

Wednesday's highlights: Kerkhoff delivers for Tuscola

In boys’ basketball
■ Tuscola 39, Oakwood 37.
Senior center Ray Kerkhoff made two free throws with one second left to lift the Warriors to victory at Parkland College.

In wrestling
■ At Charleston.
Corey Pollard and Dan Hettinger each had pins to lead St. Thomas More past Charleston 42-31.

In girls’ basketball

Zilis: Fresh faces thriving on basketball scene

Young keeps expanding her game for Comets

FITHIAN — Jeff Ford didn’t realize the extent of Katelyn Young’s perimeter game before practice began this winter. The 6-foot-1 freshman, who has garnered the interest of several Division I teams already, could dribble on the perimeter, he found, and she also could hit shots from distance.

Central freshman Willis has high ceiling

CHAMPAIGN — Pancho Moore’s favorite memory of coaching Chanice Willis came before she was a Champaign Central player and he was the Champaign Central coach.

While coaching her on his Illinois Truth AAU team a few years ago, Moore told Willis not to let her defensive mark touch the ball.

Athletes of the Week: Central's Thompson, SJ-O's Kelso

Luke Thompson
Champaign Central swimming


Why he was chosen: The senior was a double-event winner in a dual-meet win against Bloomington, placing first in the 500-yard freestyle and the 100 breaststroke before he won the 200 individual medley at the St. Charles North Invitational.

Tuesday's highlights: Gibson paces Rantoul

In boys’ basketball

LOVC Tournament

SE Division

■ Tri-County 67, Cumberland 59. Cody Richardson had 19 points and Jackson Barry and TJ Bishop each added 14 to pace the Titans in the second round.

Nontournament

■ Rantoul 67, Urbana 55. Duck Gibson led the Eagles with 23 points. Kristion Dixon led the Tigers with 13 points.

Jan. 26 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 1:30pm

What's the rest of the regular season hold for Illinois basketball? How will Lovie Smith's first recruiting class turn out? Can Matt Bollant's program pull off a stunner and beat No. 3 Maryland on Thursday night in Champaign? What area high school teams might make a run to state? Sports editor Matt Daniels is chatting at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, but feel free to send any in advance.  

Sages girls put on defensive show against Rockets

MONTICELLO — The number on the away side of the scoreboard was staggering at the half of Monday’s game between Monticello and Unity.

The Sages led 20-4, with two second-quarter baskets by the Rockets all that separated the Sages from a first-half shutout.

But Monticello acting head coach Rich Wilson still found something to critique on the defensive end.

5 girls' basketball athletes who can lead state push

The road to Normal begins its first steps for small-school teams when Class 1A and 2A postseason seeds are unveiled Friday. Here are five players who could lead their teams on a run to Redbird Arena next month:

Monday's highlights: Rantoul girls surprise St. Joseph-Ogden

In boys’ basketball
LOVC Tournament — NW Division

Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 44, Cerro Gordo/Bement 40. Will Cohan hit 14 points and Kobe Wells had 10 points and eight rebounds as the Knights (5-12) rallied from a 16-4 first-quarter deficit to earn the win.

Nontournament

Size proves difference as Central girls top Judah

CHAMPAIGN — Judah Christian girls’ basketball found out Monday night how much size matters.

After the Tribe hung tough for a half against a larger — enrollment-wise — opponent in Champaign Central, the visiting Maroons pulled away for a 65-42 victory.

The number of students in the schools wasn’t as big a factor as another aspect.