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."
Late in the season, it doesn't matter how you win games, as long as you win.
Robinson High School's boys' basketball team can attest to that following Tuesday night (Feb. 13)'s Little Illini Conference game at Marshall.
The Maroons took the best shots the host Lions had to offer, battled through some adversity and put together a late rally to pick up a 61-53 win on the road in conference play.
"I'll take an ugly win over a pretty loss anytime," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "The kids just kept playing and battling through everything. That is the beauty of this group. They don't ever give up."
A strong start helped Oblong High School's boys' basketball team grab a lead they would not relinquish, as the Panthers rolled to a 67-37 win over Martinsville in a Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division contest Tuesday night (Feb. 13).
Oblong led throughout, grabbing an 11-4 lead after one quarter, then outscoring Martinsville 22-9 in the second quarter for a 33-13 halftime advantage. The Panthers then outscored Martinsville 17-12 in each of the final two quarters to complete the rout.
"It felt good to be back on our home floor and it showed, as we came out hungry and ready to play," OHS head coach Ryan Cheek said. "We knew we had to attack their zone and get to the rim and we did just that, as a majority of our points came from inside the paint. Our big guys played the best game I've seen all year out of them. At times we got rushed and turned the ball over, but we were able to make it up on the defensive end."
Teams that advance deep in the postseason are the ones that can battle through and overcome adversity.
Unfortunately for Oblong High School's girls' basketball team, their opponent did that a little better than they did Monday night (Feb. 12).
The Lady Panthers dug themselves an early hole and could never quite climb all the way out of it, suffering a 57-46 loss to Tri-County in the semifinals of the IHSA Class 1A Louisville-North Clay Sectional.
"We fought and battled all game," OHS head coach Tim Johnson said. "It wasn't pretty at times, but we battled right with the No. 4 team in the state. I couldn't ask for much more."
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."