Prep Boys Basketball

Classic Notebook: Girls starting lineups littered with state experience

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 17, 2017 12:01 am Updated: Jun. 18, 2017 12:01 am

QUINCY -- If there was a snapshot of the talent that was on the floor during the 35th annual McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic girls game Saturday night, it came with the starting lineups.

Of the 10 starters, seven players led their teams to state tournament appearances last winter.

"That showed everything you needed to know about this game," said Missouri coach Cory Shultz, who guided Scotland County to a third-place finish in Class 2. "Both sides played really hard."

Illinois had four players with state experience in Unity's Jordan Hildebrand and Kaylee Kuhn along with Central-Southeastern's Brianna Hildebrand and Alaina Vance. Unity finished second in Class 1A, while C-SE took fourth place in Class 2A. C-SE finished third two seasons ago. Those four players combined to score 31 points.

Missouri had the Scotland County trio of Chelsea Wood, Calesse Bair and Abi Feeney. They combined for 43 points, while Wood was Missouri's Most Valuable Player.

"You can tell it was a whole another pace for an all-star game," Illinois coach Brad Begeman said. "Both starting fives, you could go anywhere in the state, and those were the best starting fives."


Future Lady Blazers on the floor

Five players in the girls game will be heading to John Wood Community College next season to play for Lady Blazers coach Norm Rodriguez.

Missouri had four future Lady Blazers in Wood, Clark County's Tressa Campbell, Knox County's Madison McCabe and Monroe City's Asjia Troy.

"It was really nice to play together," McCabe said. "We got to see how each other would be."

Illinois' Alaina Vance also is heading to JWCC.

"It's going to be awesome next year because we all have a lot of talent," Vance said. "I was like, 'Dang,' because I really wanted to win, but it was good to see what we have."


Bottorff, Ogle make Pepsi Arena debuts

Justin Bottorff and Kaelee Ogle got their first taste of playing in Pepsi Arena.

Bottorff, who represented the Illinois boys team, and Ogle, who was on the Missouri girls side, will both suit up for the Quincy University basketball teams next season.

"It was fun playing in this gym and this atmosphere," said Bottorff, who scored 12 points. "I got my toes in the water a little bit. I'm just really excited for next season."

Ogle had nine points, six rebounds and two assists.


Like mothers, like daughters and sons

Four players participating in the game were simply carrying on a family tradition.

In the girls game, Illinois forward Brianna Hildebrand and Missouri forward Tressa Campbell both followed in their mother's footsteps. Amy (Flesner) Hildebrand represented Central in the girls game in 1988, while Kelly (Winters) Campbell played in the inaugural event in 1983 representing Clark County.

Their daughters were solid. Hildebrand finished with nine points and two rebounds, while Campbell had 11 rebounds, five points and two steals in Missouri's 80-71 victory.

On the boys side, a pair of players followed in their mother's footsteps as well.

Missouri forward Casch Doyle's mom, Robin Ragar Doyle, represented Palmyra in 1986, while Illinois guard Nick Reel's mom, Tracey Shepard Reel, represented Brown County in 1988. Reel's father, Rick, represented Pittsfield in the game in 1987.

Doyle had 15 points and nine rebounds, while Reel had eight points and four rebounds as Illinois won 101-85.

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