Girls Basketball

Edwardsville will face strong opponents at state basketball finals

The Edwardsville Tigers will try for an elusive state championship for the second straight year beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday when they take on Lombard Montini in a semifinal game at the Class 4A Girls State Basketball Tournament at Redbird Arena in Normal.

The Edwardsville-Montini game will be followed at 7:15 by a semifinal between defending state champion Geneva and Maine West.

The championship game is set for 7:15 p.m. Saturday. The third-place game will be at 5:30 p.m.

Following are capsules for the four teams competing at the Class 4A state tournament.

Lombard Montini (33-2)

Coach: Jason Nichols (13th season, 457-61)

Nickname: Lady Broncos

Colors: Maroon/Gold/White

Conference: Girls Catholic Athletic (GCAC)

State tournament history: This is the Lady Broncos' 12th state tournament appearance. Montini won Class 3A state crowns in 2010-2012 and in 2014.

One year ago: The Lady Broncos placed third at the Class 4A state tournament.

Key players: Jr. Samantha Mitchell (10.2 ppg, 65 rebounds 98 assists); Sr. Ilysse Pitts (9.5 ppg, 65 rebounds, 93 assists); Jr. Francesca Kokkines (5.7 ppg, 102 rebounds, 124 assists); Sr. Aaliyah Patty (14.6 ppg, 309 rebounds, 65 assists); Sr. Lindsey Jarosinski (10.9 ppg, 177 rebounds, 41 assists)

Maine West (31-1)

Coach: Kim de Marigny (2nd season, 60-4)

Nickname: Warriors

Colors: Columbia Blue/Gold

Conference: Central Suburban League

State tournament history: This is the Warriors' ninth time at the state finals. They won the Class AA state crown in 1988.

One year ago: The Warriors lost to Geneva 65-46 in the super-sectional.

Key players: Sr. Allison Pearson (7.5 ppg, 65 rebounds, 165 assists); Sr. Catherine Johnson (6.5 ppg, 105 rebounds, 56 assists); Jr. Rachel Kent (11.1 ppg, 103, rebounds, 47 assists); Sr. Alisa Fallon (10.1 ppg, 118 rebounds 103 assists); So. Angela Dugalic (10.8 ppg, 208 rebounds, 44 assists)

Edwardsville (30-0)

Coach: Lori Blade (16th year, 453-57)

Nickname: Tigers

Colors: Orange/Black

Conference: Southwestern

State tournament history: This is the Tigers' sixth state tournament appearance. They finished second in Class 4A in 2012 and 2017.

One year ago: Edwardsville lost to Geneva in the Class 4A state title game.

Key players: So. Quierra Love (8.6 ppg, 62 rebounds, 63 assists): Jr. Jaylen Townsend (5.9 ppg, 114 rebounds, 41 assists); Sr. Kate Martin (16.3 ppg, 181 rebounds, 91 assists); Sr. Rachel Pranger (12.5 ppg, 146 rebounds, 56 assists); Sr. Myriah Noodel-Haywood (10.2 ppg, 155 rebounds, 46 assists)

Geneva (29-3)

Coach: Sarah Meadows (7th season, 175-43)

Nickname: Vikings

Colors: Royal Blue/White

Conference: Upstate Eight

State tournament history: This is the fourth state tournament appearance for the Vikings. They are the defending Class 4A state champions.

One year ago: The Vikings defeated Edwardsville 41-40 in the state title game.

Key players: Sr. Maddy Yelle (8.2 ppg, 145 rebounds, 56 assists); Sr. Brie Borkowicz (5.1 ppg, 79 rebounds, 50 assists); Sr. Margaret Whitley (13 ppg, 91 rebounds, 112 assists); Sr. Madison Mallory (8.5 ppg, 141 rebounds, 35 assists); Sr. Stephanie Hart (8.2 ppg, 142 rebounds, 88 assists)