Girls Basketball

Central Cougars are Class 2A state runners up

The Central Cougars fell just short of a state championship, losing 55-51 to Bishop McNamara in the Class 2A state championship game. The game turned during a 15-3 run in the third quarter when McNamara wiped out a 9 point deficit.

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McNamara has a 4 point lead with two minutes to go.

McNamara drained two late three pointers, including one at the buzzer, to pull within three points of Central. Heading into the fourth quarter, Central leads 34-31.

Kendra Wilkins has set the record for most rebounds in the state championship game. Central continues to hold a lead midway through the third quarter.

Kendra Wilkins has tied the Class 2A record for rebounds in the state championship game. She also picked up her third foul at the start of the third quarter. With 6:30 remaining in the third quarter, Central leads 23-20.

At halftime, the Central Cougars lead the (Kankakee) Bishop McNamara Fightin’ Irish 23-18. All-state junior center Kendra Wilkins has a double-double to lead Central. Khadaizha Sanders, the all-state point guard for McNamara has three fouls and hasn’t scored. Wilkins has two fouls.

All-State junior center Kendra Wilkins scored eight points and led the Central Cougars to a 13-9 lead over the (Kankakee) Bishop McNamara Fightin’ Irish after the opening quarter of the Class 2A girls state championship game at Redbird Arena in Normal on Saturday.