Class 4A Pekin Sectional semifinal: Rock Island (24-4) vs. Normal West (22-8)


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Posted Online: March 04, 2013, 8:44 pm
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Tonight: Rock Island meets Normal West in a Class 4A Pekin Sectional semifinal at Dawdy Hawkins Gym. Tip-off is 7:30. Edwardsville meets O'Fallon in the other sectional semifinal at the same time in Alton.

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Directions: Interstate 74 east to exit 87A. Merge onto I-474 east toward Indianapolis and proceed to exit 6. Go west on U.S. 24 toward Bartonville for five miles. Upon reaching Illinois Route 9, turn left and go east across the Illinois River and into Pekin. Follow Ill. 9 to the high school, which will be on your left after four miles.

Starting lineups
Normal West:
G: Terrance Fisher (5-11, Sr., 5.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg), Adam McGinnis (5-10, Sr., 8.7, 2.9) and Spencer Seibring (6-2, Sr., 13.1, 3.1); F: Scott Keith (6-2, Sr., 7.1, 2.8) and Adam Neuhouser (6-6, Sr., 7.0, 3.7).

Rock Island: G: C.J. Carr (5-7, Jr., 12.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg), Trey Sigel (6-1, Jr., 8.9, 2.8) and Brian Richardson (6-2, Sr., 10.3, 3.6); F: Raahsaan Brown (6-3, Sr., 9.5, 4.4) and Rob Johnson (6-4, Sr., 5.4, 4.1).

Why watch: Appearing in the Class 4A sectional for the first time in program history, the Rocks look to win their 19th sectional title. Normal West, which opened prior to the 1995-96 school year, has five regional titles. ... The Rocks have won its last 10 games. Since a 4-6 start, West, which won the Class 4A West Regional title with a 41-37 win over top-seeded Normal Community, is 18-2. ... The two teams have a three common opponents. Rocky has beaten Peoria Richwoods (90-67) and Normal (62-50), but dropped a 68-65 contest to Bloomington. The Wildcats beat each of those teams, but also lost to each of them. ... West is 3-1 at Dawdy Hawkins Gym this season as it competed in the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament. ... Rocky is 6-4 all-time in the sectional under Thom Sigel. The Wildcats are 1-4 in the sectional. ... West's starters average 81.2 percent of its points. Seven players average 5.4 points or more for the Rocks. ... The sectional championship is Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Normal West coach Brian Cupples: "Rock Island is very well-coached. They do a great job of pressuring the ball. They also really stretch you out with their ability to score."

Rock Island coach Thom Sigel: "They're playing really well. They have pretty good balance from the standpoint of having different guys who can hit shots. We have to effectively attack their zone."


-- By Daniel Makarewicz, danmak@qconline.com











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