Each time the Canton boys basketball team inched closer to a state tournament appearance without reaching Columbia, Andy Anderson's worries seemed more valid. Three straight years, the Tigers reached the Class 2 sectional, only to run into Mike Smith and Van-Far. In 2006, Canton broke through, beating Van-Far in the sectional before losing to Harrisburg in the state quarterfinals. It took seven years to get back to the quarterfinals, only to have top-ranked Salisbury blocking the path.
Kristen Gengenbacher doesn't make a habit of looking at the state championship medals she has collected, but occasionally their glimmer catches her eye. "When I'm cleaning up my room, I'll look at them and I'll be like, ‘Wow, we did this,'" said Gengenbacher... More>>
Wins against No. 2-seed Bowling Green on Thursday in the Class 3 District 7 semifinals and third-seeded Monroe City earlier in the week weren't upsets in the minds of Highland's players. Highland (12-14) now has won eight straight games and will get its shot at a third straight upset against top-seeded Palmyra in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. More>>
MENDON, Ill. — Cory Miller had plenty of butterflies prior to his first varsity start Wednesday night. The freshman didn't play that way. Miller made his first three shots — all 3-pointers during the first quarter — which gave the second-seeded Unity boys basketball team the momentum... More>>
HANNIBAL,Mo. — Hannibal boys basketball coach Mark Thomas said his team's failure to close out quarters Tuesday night had a lot to do with Mexico's ability to ignite offensively. "They are just a good, explosive team," Thomas said. "They are very streaky... More>>
HANNIBAL,Mo. -- When sophomore forward Vincent Elder picked up his fourth foul two minutes into the second half Friday night, the Hannibal boys basketball team needed someone to pick up the slack. Dylan Powell took it... More>>
Tyler Niemann is hoping for the trump card. The senior point guard will help hang the first banner commemorating a trip to the state tournament for the Canton boys basketball team following this weekend's appearance in the Class 2 final four in Columbia, Mo. And if he can help the Tigers win the first state title in school history, he can finally say he's outdone his sister. Tori Niemann, who graduated from Canton in 2010, played on the two state tournament teams.
As she walked off the court, believing it would be for the final time of her career, Destiny Johnson mouthed a few words for her father. She said, "I'm sorry, Dad." Johnson had fouled out of last Saturday's Class 1 state quarterfinal with the Marion County girls basketball team trailing Linn County by five points late in the fourth quarter. She figured it was the end of the road for the Lady Mustangs and her father, retiring Marion County coach Mike Johnson.
Mike Johnson couldn't figure this team out. After a loss to Schuyler County in the third-place game of the North Shelby Tournament, the Marion County girls basketball team seemed a little disorganized and lacking leadership. A veteran coach who had led the Lady Mustangs to four previous state tourney appearances, Johnson didn't know exactly how to fix it. "I didn't know what kind of season it was going to turn into," he said. "Things weren't clicking, and I couldn't put my finger on it."
Add all-state honors to the list of things the Gengenbacher sisters have in common. Quincy Notre Dame senior point guard Kristen Gengenbacher joined her older sisters, Karlee and Kassidy, as first-team all-state selections this week, earning Class 3A honors from the Associated Press.
There will be a moment just before the Quincy Notre Dame girls basketball team takes the floor to warm up for Friday's Class 3A state semifinal game when Mary Beth Hugenberg will pause. That's when Redbird Arena envelopes her. "Everything is still," Hugenberg said. "The crowd is just roaring... More>>
The third-seeded Blue Devils led by just one point with five minutes to play in the Class 4A Quincy Regional semifinal at Blue Devil Gym before outscoring the second-seeded Redbirds 20-5 to close out a 64-48 upset.
The Canton boys basketball team saw a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter whittled to three after Cairo's Tyler Kirkendoll made four 3-pointers during a four-minute stretch. The Tigers bent, but they... More>>
As a first-year basketball coach, Keith Gudehus always tries to remember one simple philosophy. "I just let them play," he said. "They know how to play basketball. I knew that before I was hired. I just... More>>
Rebounds figured to be at a premium for the Palmyra girls basketball team on Wednesday night. After all, Boonville had three players at 5-foot-11 or taller in its lineup, including 6-foot-1 junior Morgan... More>>
Palmyra drained 11 3-pointers during Wednesday night's Class 3 boys basketball sectional game at Mexico High School, so even though the score was tied and the Panthers held the ball for the last shot in... More>>
If Unity was going to win Wednesday night's Class 1A sectional semifinal against Liberty, seniors Lane Davis and Alex Blickhan were probably going to have to lead the way. It's the only way the Mustangs knew how to play. Davis finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Blickhan, who finished with a team-high 22 points, helped spark a second-quarter run that the Eagles never recovered from in Unity's 66-59 victory in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Central High School.
The Pittsfield boys basketball team beat the buzzer twice. The Saukees couldn't do it a third time. Trailing Warrensburg-Latham by a point with 4.3 seconds remaining in regulation of Tuesday's Class 2A Macon Meridian Sectional semifinals, the Saukees had possession... More>>
STURGEON, Mo. — The Marion County girls basketball players don't want veteran coach Mike Johnson to retire just yet. At least not until he can add another final four appearance to his legacy. The Lady Mustangs moved one step... More>>
STURGEON, Mo. — Marion County boys basketball coach Ryan Wood knows there will be nights when it feels like there's a lid on the basket. He just wished it would have been any other night than Tuesday. The Mustangs struggled... More>>
Playing a lot of close games is paying off for the Knox County boys basketball team. The latest of those was in Thursday night's Class 2 District 6 semifinal game against second-seeded Scotland County.... More>>
Top-seeded Palmyra couldn't seem to knock down shots consistently in the first half of the Class 3 District 7 semifinal Thursday night at Highland High School. But the Panthers kept shooting. Palmyra found its shot in the second half, hitting 4 of 9 shots from 3-point range during the third quarter to pull away from fourth-seeded Macon in a 61-46 win. More>>
Cassidy Foley isn't sure why the Quincy Notre Dame girls basketball team is in the habit of winning games this postseason with strong second-half performances. Neither she nor any of the Lady Raiders want to continue relying on it the way they did Thursday night in the Class 3A Normal U-High Sectional championship game.
MENDON, Ill. — It may have been the first basket of the game, but Taylor Heimann's 3-pointer made a big difference for the Central boys basketball team Wednesday night. It made Lewistown rethink its strategy of playing a zone defense. It also opened up the inside... More>>
WINCHESTER, Ill. — If the Payson Seymour boys basketball team turns the ball over five times in the first five minutes Friday night, Indians coach Brian Rea has a pretty good idea what might happen. "We are not going to win," Rea said... More>>
WINCHESTER, Ill. — With the Liberty boys basketball team's 13-point lead having dwindled to four late in the fourth quarter, senior point guard Michael Blewett knew what he had to do. He took matters into his own hands. Blewett made sure he got possession... More>>
RUSHVILLE, Ill. — Three months ago, the Illini West and Pittsfield boys basketball teams squared off in the season opener not sure where their seasons would lead. Friday night, those paths wind up in the same place. Fourth-seeded Pittsfield controlled... More>>
EWING, Mo. — Katee Hinkle gave the Palmyra girls basketball team immediate control of Wednesday's Class 3 District 7 semifinal against Macon. The Lady Panthers' defense did the rest. Hinkle opened the game by hitting three consecutive 3-pointers... More>>
MADISON, Mo. — North Shelby boys basketball coach Todd Cripe is familiar enough with Marion County to know one thing. You better defend the 3-point stripe. "We're defending pretty well right now," Cripe said. "I know were going to have to play the same defense... More>>
Scouting the Pioneers: Alleman is the fifth seed in the five-team Class 3A Geneseo Regional and will try to avoid going winless in the Western Big Six Conference, but it won't be easy for a team that averages only 42.8 points per game overall and just 40 points per game in conference play... More>>
Kaleb Bradshaw hit six 3-pointers and the fourth-seeded Griggsville-Perry boys basketball team used a strong start to the second half to post a 69-60 victory over fifth-seeded Western in the quarterfinals of the Class 1A Winchester West Central Regional... More>>
MENDON, Ill. — Todd Fox kept the goal simple for his Southeastern boys basketball team Monday night. With the Class 1A regional tournament underway, it was only necessary to win and advance. "All we had to do was win by one point," Fox said. "You don't have to win by a set amount... More>>
The Quincy Notre Dame boys basketball team has experienced a season littered with heartache. Saturday night's 57-41 loss to Peoria Notre Dame at The Pit can be added to the list. The Irish went on a 22-3 blitz in the third quarter to take away any chance the Raiders had of winning... More>>
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Kristen Gengenbacher and the Quincy Notre Dame girls basketball players live for games like this. Friday night, inside a jam-packed Willard Duey Gymnasium, the top-seeded Lady Raiders reminded everyone their six-point regular-season victory over second-seeded Springfield... More>>
LIBERTY, Ill. -- Every time the Liberty boys basketball team started to pull away Friday night, Pittsfield had an answer. That changed during the fourth quarter. The Eagles scored nine of the first 10 points of the... More>>
he Louisiana boys basketball team clinched its first outright Clarence Cannon Conference title in school history Friday night. Macon made the Bulldogs earn it ...
MOLINE, Ill. -- Pride and postseason momentum. The Quincy boys' basketball team proved to have both Friday night at Moline's Wharton Field House ... More>>
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Hannibal wrestling coach Derek Grenning won't have too much to say to the four Pirates grappling for state championships Saturday. "They don't need to hear anything from me," Greening said. "They know what ... More>>