Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jerseyville Ousts O'fallon; Paris Up Next in Supersectional

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jerseyville Ousts O'fallon; Paris Up Next in Supersectional

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Jerseyville girls basketball coach Bryan Brown didn't look or act like a winning coach Thursday night.

His Lady Panthers beat O'Fallon 51-36 for the Collinsville Sectional championship in the Illinois Girls Class AA tournament, but Brown was not very excited.

"We're a better team than that," a subdued Brown said. "We didn't play very well. We expected more of ourselves as a team. We've won three games at this sectional complex and they've all been ugly. But we'll take 'em."

Jerseyville, 28-1 and ranked No. 3 in the Post-Dispatch large-schools poll, will play Paris at the Salem Supersectional at 7:30 p.m. Monday for the right to go to the state tourney. The state tourney begins March 1 at Illinois State University in Normal.

Paris won the Centralia Sectional Complex title, beating Centralia 51-41. Jerseyville lost to Paris last year for the supersectional championship 68-59 in overtime.

O'Fallon, ranked No. 11 in the large-schools poll and playing in its first-ever sectional championship, ended the season at 21-8. …

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