The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


July 24, 2013

Stars, Cutz make women’s final

DANVILLE — It’s better to be late than not show at all. Some would say fashionably late is the best way to go, but by the time the Shooting Stars arrived at Palmer Arena for their opening game of the women’s Dustbowl tournament, fashion was the last thing on their minds. All they wanted to do was play ball.

Their tardiness might have taken a bit of the edge off as they advanced to Sunday’s championship game with a 27-25 win over the ECI Thunder.

“Some miscommunication with the director,” Shooting Stars coach Keith Peoples said of his team’s late arrival. “She told me we played at 7:30 p.m. yesterday, and then she sends me a text message today saying, ‘I made a mistake. You guys play at 6:30 p.m.’

“We were all at the high school and I got that text message, so I just told the kids, ‘Pack everything up and let’s head over. Hopefully they won’t forfeit our game.’ And they didn’t. It worked out good.”

The Shooting Stars are made up largely of all Schlarman Academy Hilltoppers, including junior high state champions Anaya Peoples and Ariel Scott. Despite arriving late, ECI Thunder coach Nick Hipsher chose to let the game go on.

Hipsher’s squad, which is also his Armstrong-Potomac High School team, believed it was going to win by forfeit just minutes before the opening tip. It was actually the second time in a span of less than 10 minutes that the ECI Thunder were on the brink of a forfeit win.

Just prior to the Shooting Stars’ arrival, Prime Tyme Cuts was mistakenly told it was to play in the 6:30 contest. Upon their late arrival with a just enough players, the scheduling error was realized.

“We told them we were leaving, and then two minutes later we tell them we’re playing,” Hipsher said. “I don’t think that (affected) the outcome of the game, but it just is what it is.”

The confusion didn’t get the ECI Thunder down as they took a 10-7 lead with seven minutes left on the running clock in the first half.

It was their final lead of the game until the Shooting Stars used a 12-2 run in the second half to pull even at 25-25 with one minute, 15 seconds to go. Schlarman Academy seventh-grader Anaya Peoples scored all six of her points in the second half, including the game winner with two seconds left on the clock. Eight of the Shooting Stars’ final 10 points were scored off of turnovers.

“They played well in the second half,” Hipsher said of the Shooting Stars. “We just turned the ball over. If we take care of the ball a little better, it’s a different game. I think there was about a two-minute stretch where they got eight points in about two minutes. When you turn the ball over, that hurts.”

Anaya Peoples accounted for six of the team’s 14 steals while Scott, who will be entering eighth grade at Schlarman Academy, scored a team-high nine points and had five rebounds.

“Those junior high players, they’re exciting to watch play,” said Keith Peoples, who also coaches the junior high team. “That’s the future of Schlarman — two state champions and hopefully they can repeat that again this season.”

Anaya Peoples and Scott have been playing AAU basketball all summer, but they got even more practice time on Tuesday night.

Prime Tyme Cuts was scheduled to take on Last Call in the evening’s final women’s game, but Last Call missed the call and was forced to forfeit for lack of players.

Quick on his feet, Peoples gathered his players back to the court in an exhibition contest against Prime Tyme Cuts. It ultimately served as a practice game in preparation for Sunday’s 1:30 p.m. women’s championship contest between Prime Tyme Cuts and Shooting Stars.

Prime Tyme Cuts won the exhibition 26-13. Breanna Keys led all scorers with nine points while Lynette Buggs scored seven. Scott once again led her team in scoring with eight points and had four rebounds and three steals.

Text Only
  • SPT - CN0423 - Danville girls track photo 1 Record-setting day for Hall DANVILLE -- Athletes, coaches and fans were all giving advice to Danville sophomore Imani Hall in the high jump. While she appreciated the encouragement, Hall just focused on what she had been doing in practice for the past few weeks and it worked. H

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - CN0423 - Danville baseball photo Vikings no match for Tigers, loss 11-3 DANVILLE -- Urbana came a calling on Danville at Danville Stadium for a Big 12 Conference game with its ace Conner Gremar (Parkland College recruit) on the mound. The Tigers also brought their hitting sticks with them to defeat Danville 11-3. Danvill

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-CN0423 - Seeger softball photo 1 Patriots take over in sixth, beat Mustangs WEST LEBANON, Ind. - Seeger hosted Fountain Central in softball and the lead went back and forth through much of the game. All that changed in the sixth inning when the Patriots sent 11 batters to the plate and scored a half-dozen runs on seven hits

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Vikings softball easily cruises past Chargers DANVILLE -- Alissa Peelman overcame a tough start and hit a home run as the Danville softball team beat Champaign Centennial 12-2 in Big 12 conference action on Tuesday. Peelman gave up both of the Chargers' runs in the first inning but only gave up

    April 23, 2014

  • SPT - CN0422 - Salt Fork SB photo secondary Storm cruise past Cornjerkers CATLIN -- On a windy and drizzly afternoon in Catlin, two teams with a combined 16 wins and one loss met up in what seemed to be on paper a heavy weight fight in Vermilion Valley Conference play. The Salt Fork Storm came out of the gates strong and b

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - CN0422 - Local roundup photo LOCAL ROUNDUP: Cox tosses no-hitter for Westville DANVILLE -- Westville right-hander Tanner Cox was in total control on Monday against the Schlarman Academy Hilltoppers at Danville Stadium. Cox tossed a five-inning perfect game, striking out 11 of the 15 batters he faced as the Tigers defeated the H

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local Sports Schedule TUESDAY Prep Baseball Fountain Central at Seeger, 3:30 p.m. Turkey Run at Covington, 4 p.m. Heritage at Schlarman Academy, 4:30 p.m. Hoopeston Area at Milford, 4:30 p.m. Urbana at Danville, 4:30 p.m. Prep Softball Fountain Central at Seeger, 3:30 p.m

    April 22, 2014

  • No Headline Provided PREP BASEBALL At Bismarck Oakwood 12, Bismarck-Henning 1 Oakwood 213 121 2 -- 12 16 0 Bismarck-Henning 000 100 0 -- 1 4 4 WP -- Taylor Turner. LP -- Strawser. 2B -- Turner, Slade. RBIs -- Landon Turner 2, Slade 2, Anderson 2, Girton, Vinson, Abbott.

    April 22, 2014

  • SPT- CN0420 - Danville baseball photo 1 Vikings continue to learn Vikings continue to learn BY AARON PATTERSON

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT- CN0420- NV Softball photo 2 The Mustangs, Falcons split twinbill VEEDERSBURG, Ind. - Too many mistakes cost the Fountain Central softball team any chance of defeating North Vermillion in the first game of their double header. At least that is how Mustang head coach Allison Alexander saw the game. "We had nine erro

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

NJCAA Tourney Photos 2014

Check out the action at the NJCAA Division II National Men's Basketball Tournament March 18-22 at DACC. Buy photos from the Commercial-News here:

Must Read
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
NDN Video
Michael Strahan's First Day on "GMA" Amazon's Deal With HBO Leapfrogs Streaming Rivals Stephen Colbert Tells David Letterman His Plan for 'Late Show' Georgetown police officer filmed tripping students Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Recycling Highlights for Earth Day Lupita Nyong'o Named People's 'Most Beautiful' Peeps Launched into Outer Space NYPD's Twitter Request For Photos Backfires New HBO Go Commercials Capture Awkward Family TV Watching Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Rise of the Milkbots Jenna Dewan-Tatum Strips Down TRENDING: Brian Williams Raps 'Gin and Juice' on ‘Tonight Show’ Middle School heroes rescue students from burning bus WHOPPER OF FISHING STORY: Florida man catches massive Mako shark Maks Chmerkovskiy's "DWTS" Meltdown The many faces of Mike Woodson Ape Builds A Fire And Toasts Marshmallows In Amazing BBC Video Manchester Utd sack manager David Moyes