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Eureka head girls basketball coach Jerry Prina draws up a play in a timeout during the Hornets' Class 2A state third-place game last weekend against Teutopolis at Redbird Arena. The Class 3A and Class 4A girls state tournaments are Friday and Saturday at Redbird Arena.

Friday's Class 3A semifinals

No. 1 Peoria Richwoods (33-1) vs. No. 5 Glenbard South (29-3)

When and where: 11 a.m., Redbird Arena

Live TV coverage: NBC Sports Chicago-Plus (102).

Richwoods starters: Kourtney Crane, G, 5-6, Sr., (15.4 ppg); Camryn Taylor, F, 6-1, Jr. (11.5 ppg); Jaida McCloud, G, 6-0, So. (11.3 ppg); Tianna Johnson, G, 5-8, Jr. (9.4 ppg); Nia Williams, G, 5-7, So. (5.8 ppg)

Glenbard South starters: Maggie Bair, W, 6-2, Jr. (16.5 ppg); Ally Daca, P, 6-0, Sr. (9.1 ppg); Mady Carli, G, 5-8, Sr. (8.2 ppg); Sarah Cohen, G, 5-6, Sr. (5.0 ppg); Raquel LaPonte, G, 5-6, So. (2.7 ppg)

FYI: Richwoods is making its ninth state trip and first since winning its third title in 2009. The Knights' lone loss was a 53-47 setback against Normal Community in the State Farm Holiday Classic semifinals. Their 18-game winning streak includes a 49-29 win over top-ranked and three-time defending state champion Morton in the sectional final. Camryn Taylor has received scholarship offers from Colorado, Southern Illinois and Bradley ...  First-time state qualifier Glenbard South saw a 23-5 campaign last year end in the sectional semifinals. The Raiders opened the season with a loss to Class 4A Final Four qualifier Geneva. They also lost to 4A super-sectional qualifier Chicago Mother McAuley and River Forest Trinity.

Coaches: Todd Hursey is 182-46 in seven years at Richwoods ... Morgan Kasperek is 70-19 in three years at Glenbard South and 89-22 in four years overall.

No. 4 Nazareth Academy (30-2) vs. No. 8 Breese Central (29-3)

When: 12:45 p.m.

Nazareth starters: Annie Stritzel, G, 5-11, Jr. (24.1 ppg); Alyssa Geary, F, 6-4, Sr. (13.7 ppg); Marissa Metz, F., 6-2, Sr. (7.7 ppg); Jovanna Martinucci, G, 5-6, Jr. (5.3 ppg); Sophia Cullotta, G, 5-6, Jr. (3.4 ppg)

Breese Central starters: Faye Meissner, G, 5-5, Sr. (14.1 ppg); Carson Newkirk, F, 5-10, Sr. (9.4 ppg); Clarece Jansen, C, 5-8, Sr. (6.0 ppg); Allyson Fehrmann, G, 5-6, Jr. (5.9 ppg); Olivia Wesselmann, G, 5-6, Sr. (5.5 ppg)

FYI: Nazareth is making its first state trip. The Roadrunners' Alyssa Geary, a Providence recruit, sat out most of her junior season after transferring from River Forest Trinity. Narazeth's losses came against Chicago Mother McAuley and Lisle Benet ... Breese Central is making its fourth state trip and first since placing second in Class 2A in 2015. The only returnee from that squad is senior Faye Meissner, who has signed with Missouri-St. Louis. The Cougars lost to Class 1A Final Four qualifier Lebanon, Belleville East and O'Fallon. Breese Central upset No. 6 Effingham, 37-31, in the super-sectional.

Coaches: Nathan Rueter is 331-86 in 13 years at Breese Central ... Eddie Stritzel is 44-16 in two years at Narazeth and 280-67 in 11 years overall. 

Friday's Class 4A semifinals

No. 1 Edwardsville (30-0) vs. No. 3 Lombard Montini (33-2) 

When: 5:30 p.m.

Edwardsville starters: Kate Martin, G, 6-0, Sr. (16.3 ppg); Rachel Pranger, F, 6-0, Sr., (12.5 ppg); Myriah Noodel-Haywood, F, 5-11, Sr. (10.2 ppg); Quierra Love, G, 5-4, So. (8.6 ppg); Jaylen Townsend, G, 5-8, Jr. (6.9 ppg)

Montini starters: Aaliyah Patty, F, 6-3, Sr. (14.6 ppg); Lindsey Jarosinski, C, 6-5, Sr. (10.9 ppg); Samantha Mitchell, G, 5-6, Jr. (10.2 ppg); Ilysse Pitts, G, 5-5, Sr. (9.5 ppg); Francesca Kokkines, G, 5-10, Jr. (5.7 ppg)

FYI: Second a year ago to fellow Final Four qualifier Geneva, Edwardsville is making its sixth state trip since 2004. The Tigers, who have never won a state crown, needed overtime to top No. 4 Rock Island, 48-44, in the sectional final. Edwardsville also won a 41-40 thriller over Belleville East in the regional final. The Tigers' Kate Martin is an Iowa recruit ... Third a year ago, Montini is an 11-time state qualifier and a four-time champion. The Lady Broncos are led by Ohio State recruit Aaliyah Patty and Wake Forest-bound Lindsey Jarosinski. Montini is unbeaten against Illinois opponents. 

Coaches: Lori Blade is 453-57 in 16 years at Edwardsville and 686-84 in 24 years overall ... Jason Nichols is 457-61 in 15 years at Montini and 526-83 in 18 years overall.

No. 5 Maine West (31-1) vs. No. 6 Geneva (29-3)

When: 7:15 p.m.

Maine West starters: Rachel Kent, F, 5-11, Jr. (11.1 ppg); Angela Dugalic, F, 6-3, So. (10.8 ppg); Alisa Fallon, G-F, 5-10, Sr. (10.1 ppg); Allison Pearson, G, 5-7, Sr. (7.5 ppg); Catherine Johnson, G, 5-8, Sr. (6.8 ppg)

Geneva starters: Margaret Whitely, G, 5-7, Sr., (13.0 ppg); Stephanie Hart, G, 5-8, Sr. (10.2 ppg); Madison Mallory, F-C, 6-1, Sr. (8.7 ppg); Maddy Yelle, G-F, 5-9, Sr. (8.2 ppg); Brie Borkowicz, G, 5-6, Sr. (5.1 ppg)

FYI: This is a rematch of a Jan. 6 contest won by Geneva, 55-53. A year ago, Maine West lost in the super-sectional to Geneva. This is Maine West's eighth state trip and first since 1993 ... Reigning champion Geneva is led by Alabama-Birmingham recruit Margaret Whitley, one of four returning starters. The Vikings lost to fellow Final Four qualifier Montini, Chicago Mother McAuley and Loyola. 

Coaches: Kim de Marigny is 60-4 in two years at Maine West ... Sarah Meadows is 175-43 in seven years at Geneva.

Compiled by Randy Sharer



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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