Highland avoids first-round upset at Centralia

CENTRALIA, Mo. -- The Highland girls basketball team trailed by nine points with 6:48 remaining in the fourth quarter when Cougars coach Meleia Niemann called a timeout. She wouldn't let her team think about losing. "I remember saying, ‘We've got to have d

Boys roundup: Jones helps Hannibal clinch NCMC title
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Boys roundup: Jones helps Hannibal clinch NCMC title

Dezi Jones scored 30 points and led the Hannibal boys basketball team to a 76-51 victory over Marshall on Monday night that wrapped up the North Central Missouri Conference championship in Marshall Mo. Jones had a modest first half, scoring 12 points as t

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Prep roundup: North Shelby holds on in district opener

North Shelby held off a late rally in the Missouri Class 1 District 10 girls basketball quarterfinals to upset Higbee 44-42 on Monday night in Laddonia, Mo. North Shelby (7-14), the fifth seed, led by five points with less than two minutes to go before Hi

Pittsfield's upset bid falls short in regional
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Pittsfield's upset bid falls short in regional

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Pittsfield boys basketball coach Brad Tomhave was pleased with most aspects of his team's performance on Monday night. The Saukees had just six turnovers, and Tomhave thought his team ran the offense well to get high-percentage shots. M

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Game Preview: QND at Sacred Heart-Griffin

QND at Sacred Heart-Griffin When: 7 p.m. Wednesday. Where: Belz Gym, Springfield. Records: QND--20-6. Sacred Heart-Griffin--17-8 (before Tuesday game against Springfield Southeast). Radio: WGEM 105.1 FM, WTAD 930 Extra points: The Cyclones have gone 6-4 sin

'It's a mess': Teams brace for one of toughest Class 3 girls districts in state
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'It's a mess': Teams brace for one of toughest Class 3 girls districts in state

The unscientific method of common opponents is widely used to figure out what team has an advantage or who could be a favorite to win a tournament. Good luck trying to decide that in the girls bracket of the Class 3 District 13 tournament in Centralia tha

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Game preview: Quincy High School at United Township

QHS at United Township

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Where: Panther Den, United Township High School, East Moline.

Records: United Township -- 16-10 (3-5 Western Big Six Conference). QHS -- 12-11 (4-4 WB6).

Radio: WGEM 1440 AM, WTAD 930 AM

Extra points: The meeting between the Blue Devils and Panthers in Blue Devil Gym had no problem being played, with Quincy winning 53-44 last Friday. The meeting between the two teams in East Moline has been a little more problematic. Weather has postponed the game three times.The Blue Devils are in a fight for third place in the league with UT and Galesburg (5-4), which upset state-ranked Moline on Friday and plays host to Quincy on Friday. The Panthers have lost four of their last five league games and six of their last nine regular-season games. They rely on the senior trio of Jean Luc Wilson (13.3 points, 6.5 rebounds), Atem Agot (12.3 points, 4.9 rebounds) and Daveon Ellis (11.8 points, 4.9 rebounds).

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Illinois girls basketball postseason pairings

Prep Pairings Illinois Girls Class 1A Super-sectionals All games will be played on Monday. At Belvidere Chicago Richards vs. Lanark Eastland, 6 p.m. At Salem Hume Shiloh vs. Marissa, 6 p.m. At Brown County Lewistown vs. Triopia, 7 p.m. At Pontiac Danville

Central in position to capture rare regional title
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Central in position to capture rare regional title

CAMP POINT, Ill. -- The seniors on the Central boys basketball team don't have fond memories of regional games in their careers. They lost a regional title game two seasons ago, and they had high hopes last year before injuries derailed the Panthers' chanc

Wildcats go cold in final minutes against No. 2 Ravens
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Wildcats go cold in final minutes against No. 2 Ravens

CANTON, Mo. -- The Culver-Stockton College men's basketball team played the kind of game needed to upset the No. 2-ranked NAIA team in the country for 36 minutes. The final four minutes, however, were not. C-SC and Benedictine College were tied at 61 befor

IHSA may shake up state basketball tournament format
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IHSA may shake up state basketball tournament format

Craig Anderson has noticed the empty seats. The Illinois High School Association's boys state basketball tournaments once filled Carver Arena's 11,000 seats for both weekends in Peoria, but in recent years, finding a seat hasn't been too difficult. The Cl