Girl’s high school basketball scores Feb. 28

By Neil Doyle

BLOOMINGTON – It was the super sectional round Monday night in girl’s high school basketball with teams advancing to the state semifinals.

Class 2A: U-High lost to Quincy Notre Dame 30-28. Fieldcrest beat Chicago Noble 43-30 and the Knights advance to the state semis and face Winnebago Thursday morning at Redbird Arena.

Class 3A: Morton defeated Marian Catholic 49-40 and the Potters advance to the state semis for the sixth time in the last seven years.

Class 1A: Ridgeview lost to Serena 46-34.

Boy’s high school hoops sectional play starts Tuesday night. In class 4A, Normal Community takes on Moline at Pekin High School. We’ll have coverage here on AM 1230 WJBC, FM 102.1 and at 6:50 p.m.

Other games tonight include Central Catholic against Auburn and Lexington faces Decatur Lutheran.

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