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Three area teams set for state finals

Schlarman, Okaw Valley, Teutopolis will play in Final 4 Friday

WCIA -- The Road to Redbird Arena and the state finals ends this weekend for Class 1A and 2A girls' basketball teams. Three area teams have the chance to win a state championship, Schlarman and Okaw Valley in 1A, with Teutopolis in 2A.

"We have a chance to make history for our school, for Danville, so I'm just excited, really excited," Schlarman junior guard Anaya Peoples said.

"I've been waiting on this moment for our young ladies since the Class of 2019 won the 8th grade state championship," Schlarman head coach Keith Peoples said.

The Hilltoppers and Timberwolves are both making their first appearance in the Final 4.

"I mean these girls have paid their dues," Okaw Valley head coach Brad Ackers said. "We have lost two tough regional championships the last two years and I've got three, three-year senior starters and that's the reason we're having so much success."

"Getting to practice on Illinois State's floor is pretty awesome," Okaw Valley senior guard Paige Robinson said. "Getting to play on there and I don't know, it's just an amazing feeling to be there all with them and I can't wait."

Playing in Normal is old hat for the Wooden Shoes, who are making their third trip to state in the last four years but they're facing new challenges this time around.

"You know we've had some adversity," Teutopolis head coach Laurie Thompson said. "We had one of our best defenders go down with an ACL in January but these girls have stepped up, they're coachable and I couldn't ask for a better bunch of girls."

Okaw Valley takes on Stockton Friday at 11 a.m. in the Class 1A semifinals. On the other half of the bracket, Schlarman faces Lebanon Friday afternoon at 12:45 p.m. Meanwhile in 2A, Teutopolis is set to play Chicago Marshall Friday night at 7:15 p.m.

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