Having grown accustomed to departing their hometown with much accompanying fanfare for its super-sectional and state-tournament trips, the Annawan girls' basketball team will end its season with an equally warm return home.|
A welcome-home ceremony to honor the Bravettes is set for today at 1 p.m. at the Annawan High School gymnasium. The community is encouraged to turn out for one more show of support for their team, which tied a single-season school record with 30 wins and earned its first IHSA state girls' basketball trophy.
After a disappointing one-point semifinal loss to Freeport Aquin at Redbird Arena in Normal, the Bravettes (30-3) ended their state debut on a high note, besting Cowden-Herrick-Beecher City 47-37 in Saturday afternoon's third-place game.
-- Sportswriter Terry Duckett