Oblong High School's girls' basketball team won just the second regional championship in program history Friday (Feb. 9) with a 42-36 win over Brownstown-St. Elmo in the title game of the IHSA Class 1A Dieterich Regional. The Lady Panthers (21-6) claimed the first regional title in 31 years, with the last and only other championship coming in the 1986-87 season. (Pam McIntosh photo)
History continues to be made by Oblong High School's girls' basketball program.
The Lady Panthers extended the best season in school history by winning just the second regional championship in program history, while adding another win to their school-record total Friday (Feb. 9), as they claimed the IHSA Class 1A Dieterich Regional with a 42-36 win over Brownstown-St. Elmo in the title game.
"The kids are ecstatic and the whole community is ecstatic," OHS head coach Tim Johnson said. "None of the kids wanted to lose and it showed in their efforts on the court."
It was Senior Night at Robinson High School Friday night (Feb. 9) and the senior carried most of the load for the RHS boys' basketball team, as they picked up another victory.
The Maroons rode on the back of three senior starters and continued their strong play down the stretch on their way to a 71-51 win over Red Hill in Little Illini Conference play.
"You like to be able to showcase your seniors on Senior Night because they have put in a lot of work over the years," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "Those three seniors (Walker Sandschafer, Branton Scott, Alex Weber) were all in double figures and pretty well dominated on the offensive end while taking care of things on the defensive end as well."
Two close games ended with mixed results for Hutsonville-Palestine's boys' basketball team over the weekend.
The Tigers held on to pick up a Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division victory at Martinsville in overtime, 71-68, Friday night (Feb. 9), then dropped a 73-66 decision to Louisville-North Clay in the LOVC/NTC Shootout Saturday (Feb. 10) at Cumberland High School.
Continued solid play was finally rewarded for Lincoln Trail College's women's basketball team.
After playing well in a couple of close losses recently, the Lady Statesmen got back in the win column Saturday (Feb. 10), as they rolled to a 66-47 win over Shawnee Community College in a Great Rivers Athletic Conference game.
"We played solid, did what we needed to do and took care of business," LTC head coach Scott Sparks said. "We needed this win."
Close but no cigar was the theme for Robinson High School's wrestling team at the IHSA Class 1A Vandalia Sectional over the weekend (Feb. 9-10).
Three of the five RHS wrestlers to compete won at least one match and two fell one win shy of advancing to the state meet.
"Last year I think the sectional qualifiers were just happy to get to be in the tournament, but this year I think they were really hoping to advance to state," RHS head coach Joe Cunningham said. "Next year, we need to take the next step and change the word 'hope' into work very hard and 'expect' to go to state and that attitude will make the difference for these kids."
A strong start gave Robinson High School's girls' basketball team hope that an upset may be brewing, but it wasn't in the cards for the Lady Maroons.
Robinson grabbed an early lead, but could not make it stand up against No. 1-seeded Marshall, as their season came to an end with a 46-36 loss in the semifinals of the IHSA Class 2A Casey-Westfield Regional (Feb. 7).
"I couldn't be prouder of these ladies," RHS head coach Sherry Bopp said. "They did not go into this game thinking it was their last. They entered this game thinking anything is possible."
In desperate need of a win, Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team nearly came away with one Wednesday night (Feb. 7), but ultimately fell just short.
The Statesmen held a slim halftime lead in a tightly-contested battle with rival Olney Central College, only to have some late free throws send LTC to an 88-87 loss in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference contest.
Being the favorite is not always the easiest position to be in, especially when it gets to the postseason.
Oblong High School's girls' basketball team found that out Tuesday night (Feb. 6), as they fought off a game Dieterich squad to pick up a 55-47 win in the semifinals of the IHSA Class 1A Dieterich Regional.
"I told the girls Dieterich was going to give us everything they had and give them credit because they did," OHS head coach Tim Johnson said. "We've got the bullseye on our back and everyone wants to beat us. But, we took their best punch and we survived. It doesn't matter how many you win by this time of year as long as you win."