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Canton handles Scotland County to advance to third straight quarterfinals

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MACON, Mo. — Gabe McKenzie admitted the Canton boys basketball team was too one dimensional on offense at the beginning of the season. That's not the case anymore. Led by forward Cameron Durst's 21 points, Canton had four players score in double figures... More>>

Family Tradition: Bradshaws enhance family legacy by adding regional plaque to Tornadoes' trophy case

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GRIGGSVILLE, Ill. — Riley Bradshaw's uneasiness was understandable. Four years ago, as a freshman at Griggsville-Perry High School, Bradshaw faced the unique challenge of playing basketball for his cousin, Tornadoes coach Todd Bradshaw, and he wasn't sure how the player-coach relationship would unfold...

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Blue Devils relish underdog role heading into regional play

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QUINCY — Lincoln Elbe knows what it is like to get overlooked. His stature when he came into high school — Elbe was just 5-foot-3 as a freshman — made some people think he was the least likely player to develop into an all-conference guard...

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Highland beats Palmyra in rubber game, advances to district final

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PALMYRA, Mo. — In the previous three meetings between the Highland and Palmyra boys basketball teams, the home team had the advantage. In the Class 3 District 7 semifinal game Wednesday night, the Cougars took that away... More>>

Seventh-seeded Unity upsets second-seeded Liberty to open regional play

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MOUNT STERLING, Ill. — Adam Donley hopes this is the start of another magical run. One year after the Unity boys basketball team dazzled everyone by finishing third at the Class 1A state tournament, the seventh-seeded Mustangs... More>>

Illini West ready to go on its own magical postseason run

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CARTHAGE, Ill. — When Nolan Ard watched the Unity boys basketball team make its run to the Class 1A state semifinals last year, he wanted to experience that success. "It shows any team can make a run," said Ard, the senior point guard at Illini West...

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Power of Perseverance: Blue Devils' Wellman holds true to her love of the game

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QUINCY — Reagan Wellman never lost sight of what makes playing high school basketball special, even though the view was often murky. "Basketball is my love," she said. "No game is more fun." Over the last four years, that perspective has been tested...

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MAJOR THIRD: Unity Mustangs bounce back from semifinal loss for a convincing 59-43 win in third-place game

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PEORIA, Ill. -- Had a poll been taken Jan. 1 ranking the six high school basketball teams in Adams County, Unity likely would have been ranked last. Payson Seynour was ranked No. 1 in the Class 1A state poll at the time,... More>>

Spirited rally falls short as Tornadoes are unable to overcome offensive struggles

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LEWISTOWN, Ill. — Joseph Myers and the rest of the Griggsville-Perry boys basketball players are going to have a thought gnawing at them for the next few days. Would it have mattered if they had made a few more shots in the first half Wednesday night...

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Cold shooting ends Scotland County girls season in sectionals

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MACON, Mo. — The Scotland County girls basketball team entered the postseason with an average winning margin of 32.6 points per game. On Wednesday night, the script was flipped...

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Spartans' torrid start to second half buries Raiders in regional loss

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Trailing by seven at halftime, the Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball team needed a run to get back into the game. Instead, it was Springfield Southeast that went on a scoring tear. Southeast made its first six shots of the second half...

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Prep basketball preview: Quincy High School vs. Edwardsville

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Scouting the Blue Devils: Quincy wrapped up the regular season with a three-game winning streak and hopes to carry the momentum into the postseason. The Blue Devils realize they have yet to beat the Tigers in the postseason... More>>

Saukees draw up another winning play to upset top-seeded Auburn

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AUBURN, Ill. — Betting Auburn would take away the first option off the inbounds play, Pittsfield boys basketball coach Brad Tomhave figured there was enough time to explore other options and get a good look at a final shot... More>>

Payson Seymour overcomes second-half struggles, advances to regional final

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MOUNT STERLING, Ill. — The luxury of a double-digit halftime lead was nearly squandered when the Payson Seymour boys basketball team lost its confidence in the second half Wednesday... More>>

Griggsville-Perry doesn't let Unity score another postseason upset

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MOUNT STERLING, Ill. — The Griggsville-Perry boys basketball team knew it needed to take any hope away from Unity. The seventh-seeded Mustangs were fresh off an upset of second-seeded Liberty... More>>

Scotland County girls steamrolling way into postseason

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MEMPHIS, Mo. — Randi Slaughter works at the local gas station on weekends. Each shift, customers recognize the Scotland County girls basketball team's senior guard, which leads to a barrage of questions about the Lady Tigers...

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Tigers head into postseason looking to end 29-year district drought

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MEMPHIS, Mo. — Aaron Buford is well aware the Scotland County boys basketball team hasn't won a district championship since 1986. There's a banner in the gymnasium commemorating that title to remind him, and he'd like nothing more than to update it...

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