KEWANEE - Eureka had little difficulty with Illinois Valley Central in Tuesday's regional, as they coasted to a 65-33 victory at Brockman Gymnasium.
The Hornets (24-7) used a 20-0 run in the opening period to assert control. They finished with 28 field goals, 21 via an assist, as 10 players recorded at least one.
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“Everybody was moving without the ball,” said Eureka head coach Jerry Prina. “The toughest thing to get any boy or girl to do is move and I thought we did that.”
Natalie Anderson and Delaney Phillips scored 12 points apiece for the Hornets. The Grey Ghosts (2-29) got 12 points from Kayla Wolf.
Notes: Kewanee’s gym is named for Helmut Brockman, who coached the boys from 1941 to 1954. He compiled a 245-140 record and led the Boilermakers to the Elite Eight in ’44 and ’47 in the then one-class system. The ’44 team lost 51-30 in the quarterfinals to the eventual first-ever undefeated state champion in 45-0 Taylorville, coached by the legendary Dolph Stanley. His star pupil was Johnny Orr, who played at the University of Illinois before he enlisted into the Navy during the end of World War II. He ended his collegiate career at Beloit (Wis.). Orr later became a coach and was highlighted by stints at Michigan, whom he led to the national title game in ’76, and Iowa State. Kewanee’s ’47 squad still holds the single-season program record of 28 victories.