The Crestwood Lady Eagle seventh grade girls basketball team are hoping to make it two IESA Class 7-2A state championships in a row when they open state tourney in a familiar venue today — Paris High School.
Crestwood advanced to the state tourney by rolling to a 32-18 win over Decatur Hope in the sectional Wednesday evening at Champaign St. Matthew.
The Eagles, coached by Missy Tingley, are now 18-4 for the season. Crestwood is scheduled to play at 1 p.m. today at PHS, facing Brimfield, which sports a 20-5 record.
Brimfield, located northwest of Peoria, defeated Peoria St. Vincent de Paul 42-37 to earn its state tourney bid.
The Paris state tourney is once again being hosted by Mayo Middle School. Mayo athletic director Mick Roberts said in addition to Crestwood and Brimfield, other schools qualifying by winning their respective sectionals include Lockport Kelvin Grove (15-10), Bloomington Corpus Christi (18-5), Havana (18-8), Springfield Blessed Sacrament (20-0), Mendon Unity (20-4) and Altamont (18-8.)
Roberts said the tournament is made possible by the Mayo students and teachers who volunteer to serve in various capacities including hosts for each team. “It’s a team effort by our students, our parents and our Mayo Booster Club to make everything work smoothly,” he said.
Roberts noted planning for the tournament — now in its third year at Paris High School — begins well before the state qualifiers are determined by the sectional finals.
“We certainly hope local fans come out and watch,” he said.