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[DEC. 3, 2004]  BLOOMINGTON -- The first two of the four biggest state final basketball tournaments for girls in Illinois get under way Saturday with the Illinois Elementary School Association "Little Sweet 16" seventh-grade Class A and Class AA state tournaments.

All games in the Class 7A state finals will be played at Divernon. All 16 teams will play first-round games Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Quarterfinals are set to begin at 4 p.m. Monday, with semifinals starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The third-place and championship games are slated for Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m. See the "Girls Basketball" page at www.iesa.org for Class 7A pairings, results and updates as the tournament progresses.

Three of the four place winners in last year's Class 7A tournament return in 2004, and all are in the upper bracket. Defending champion Paris Crestwood, 15-4, is seeking its sixth 7A title. Paris Crestwood beat Springfield Blessed Sacrament 35-16 for the 2003 title. Blessed Sacrament is 19-4 this year and meets Lewistown Central, 15-5, in the opening game at 9 a.m. Normal Epiphany, 22-1, was fourth last year and plays Sidell Jamaica, 15-3, in Saturday's second game at 10:30 a.m. Paris Crestwood faces Louisville North Clay, 14-5, in the day's third game at noon.

The 16 teams in this year's 7A field have a combined record of 254-76. There are no unbeaten teams. Normal Epiphany at 22-1 is the only school with but a single loss. All the others have at least three losses.

The Class 7AA games will be played in an experimental format at two sites in Normal: Kingsley Junior High School and Parkside Junior High School. The experimental format allows for a later starting time yet earlier ending time for the first-round games. The teams playing at one site Saturday in the first round will play their quarterfinal games at the other site. Four first-round games will be played at each site Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. Two quarterfinal games will be played at both sites Monday at 5 p.m. Both the semifinal session and finals session will be played at Kingsley Junior High School. Semifinal games begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The third-place game is set for 6 p.m. and the championship game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday. See the "Girls Basketball" page at www.iesa.org for Class 7AA pairings, results and updates as the tournament progresses.

Defending champion Chatham Glenwood (18-3) is joined by five unbeaten teams and four once-beaten teams in the Class AA field. Chatham Glenwood opens defense of its title Saturday at 2 p.m. against Champaign Franklin (11-8) at Parkside. Chatham Glenwood beat Taylorville Junior High 46-19 last year to become the 30th unbeaten champion in IESA girls basketball history. There have been eight unbeaten champions in 7AA and seven in 7A. The combined won-loss record of the Class AA field is a staggering 291-37. Only three of the teams in the field have more than three losses -- Phoenix Coolidge at 12-10, Rochester at 16-6 and Champaign Franklin at 11-8. The unbeaten teams are Joliet Washington, 23-0; Teutopolis, 21-0; Normal Kingsley, 19-0; Toledo Cumberland, 22-0; and perennial power Canton Ingersoll, 23-0. Normal Kingsley battles Toledo Cumberland at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Parkside. Four of the five unbeaten teams play Saturday at Parkside.

Four of the schools in the Class AA field have won the 7AA state championship since the two-class system went into effect in 1990. Chatham Glenwood was champion in 2000 and 2003, Canton Ingersoll won in 2002, Teutopolis was the 2001 winner, and Phoenix Coolidge won in 1990.

Class 7A girls

Pairings are released for the 15th annual Illinois Elementary School Association "Little Sweet 16" Class 7A Girls' State Basketball Tournament, to be played at Divernon High School in Divernon on Dec. 4, 6, 7 and 9. This is the 26th year for the state tournament series for girls. Scores will be posted on the IESA website, www.iesa.org.

First round: Saturday, Dec. 4

  • Game 1, 9 a.m., Lewistown Central (15-5) vs. Springfield Blessed Sacrament (19-4)
  • Game 2, 10:30 a.m., Normal Epiphany (22-1) vs. Sidell Jamaica (15-3)
  • Game 3, noon, Paris Crestwood (15-4) vs. Louisville North Clay (14-5)
  • Game 4, 1:30 p.m., Crest Hill Richland (13-5) vs. Springfield St. Agnes (16-5)
  • Game 5, 3 p.m., Winchester (18-3) vs. Gifford (15-5)
  • Game 6, 4:30 p.m., Tonica (18-4) vs. Assumption Central A&M (17-4)
  • Game 7, 6 p.m., LeRoy (11-9) vs. Bunker Hill Meissner (15-6)
  • Game 8, 7:30 p.m., Peoria Pleasant Valley (17-3) vs. Colchester West Prairie (14-10)

Quarterfinals: Monday, Dec. 6

  • Game 9, 4 p.m., winners of games 1 and 2
  • Game 10, 5:15 p.m., winners of games 3 and 4
  • Game 11, 6:30 p.m., winners of games 5 and 6
  • Game 12, 7:45 p.m., winners of games 7 and 8

Semifinals: Tuesday, Dec. 7

  • Game 13, 6 p.m., winners of games 9 and 10
  • Game 14, 7:30 p.m., winners of games 11 and 12

Finals: Thursday, Dec. 9

  • Game 15, third place, 6 p.m., losers of games 13 and 14
  • Game 16, state championship, 7:30 p.m., winners of games 13 and 14

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Class 7A sectional scores

  • Lewistown Central def. Brimfield 27-20
  • Springfield Blessed Sacrament def. Nokomis JHS 47-38
  • Normal Epiphany def. Pontiac St. Mary's 29-26
  • Sidell Jamaica def. Potomac 28-25
  • Paris Crestwood def. Tuscola East Prairie 18-16
  • Louisville North Clay def. Palestine 30-28
  • Crest Hill Richland def. Beecher 34-18
  • Springfield St. Agnes def. Mount Pulaski 38-13
  • Winchester def. Mendon Unity 29-22
  • Gifford def. Donovan 26-9
  • Tonica def. Streator St. Stephen 35-27
  • Assumption Central A&M def. Cerro Gordo 30-23
  • LeRoy def. Champaign St. Matthew 29-28
  • Bunker Hill Meissner def. Carrollton St. John 21-18
  • Peoria Pleasant Valley def. Mackinaw Dee-Mack 31-21
  • Colchester West Prairie def. Abingdon 28-26

Class 7AA girls

Pairings are released for the 15th annual Illinois Elementary School Association "Little Sweet 16" Class 7AA Girls' State Basketball Tournament, to be played at Kingsley Junior High and Parkside Junior High in Normal on Dec. 4, 6, 7 and 9. This is the 26th year for the state tournament series for girls. Scores will be posted on the IESA website, www.iesa.org.

First round: Saturday, Dec. 4

At Normal Kingsley

  • Game 1, 11 a.m., Forrest Prairie Central (22-1) vs. Phoenix Coolidge (12-10)
  • Game 2, 12:30 p.m., Coal City (21-1) vs. Carlinville (21-2)
  • Game 3, 2 p.m., Joliet Washington (23-0) vs. New Lenox Liberty (18-2)
  • Game 4, 3:30 p.m., Bellwood Roosevelt (11-2) vs. Quincy (16-1)

At Normal Parkside

  • Game 5, 11 a.m., Teutopolis (21-0) vs. Rochester (16-6)
  • Game 6, 12:30 p.m., Normal Kingsley (19-0) vs. Toledo Cumberland (22-0)
  • Game 7, 2 p.m., Champaign Franklin (11-8) vs. Chatham Glenwood (18-3)
  • Game 8, 3:30 p.m., Metamora Germantown Hills (18-1) vs. Canton Ingersoll (22-0)

Quarterfinals: Saturday, Dec. 6

At Normal Parkside

  • Game 9, 5 p.m., winner Game 1 vs. winner Game 2
  • Game 10, 6:30 p.m., winner of Game 3 vs. winner of Game 4

At Normal Kingsley

  • Game 11, 5 p.m., winner of Game 5 vs. winner of Game 6
  • Game 12, 6:30 p.m., winner of Game 7 vs. winner of Game 8

Semifinals: Tuesday, Dec. 7

At Normal Kingsley

  • Game 13, 6 p.m., winners of games 9 and 10
  • Game 14, 7:30 p.m., winners of games 11 and 12

Finals: Thursday, Dec. 9

At Normal Kingsley

  • Game 15, third place, 6 p.m., losers of games 13 and 14
  • Game 16, state championship, 7:30 p.m., winners of games 13 and 14

Class 7AA sectional scores

  • Forrest Prairie Central def. Rantoul Eater 43-28
  • Phoenix Coolidge def. Calumet Park 29-10
  • Teutopolis def. Hillsboro 32-29
  • Rochester def. Blue Mound Meridian 27-15
  • Coal City def. Herscher Limestone 17-14
  • Carlinville def. Cahokia Wirth 25-22
  • Normal Kingsley def. Downs Tri-Valley 40-20
  • Toledo Cumberland def. Sumner Red Hill 30-20
  • Joliet Washington def. Ottawa Shepherd 26-21
  • New Lenox Liberty def. Harvey Brooks 47-36
  • Champaign Franklin def. Danville Oakwood 34-11
  • Chatham Glenwood def. Petersburg PORTA 44-20
  • Bellwood Roosevelt def. Bolingbrook Jane Addams 32-31 (OT)
  • Quincy def. Bushnell-Prairie City 48-31
  • Metamora Germantown Hills def. East Peoria Central 31-22
  • Canton Ingersoll def. Pekin Edison 32-10

[Illinois Elementary School Association news release]

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