PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD/WYZZ) — Junior guard Aaliyah Guyton scored 33 points and senior Denali Craig-Edwards had 16 points and 19 rebounds as Peoria High beat Danville, 86-67, in the class 3A girls state basketball third-place game at CEFCU Arena on Friday.
The 19-rebound effort by Craig-Edwards in a 3A state finals record. The win gives Peoria High (29-4) the school’s first ever girls basketball state trophy.
The Lions were knocked into the third place game by Nazareth Academy, which beat Peoria High 48-35 in the semifinals earlier Friday.
In boys basketball, top-ranked Metamora won its 29th straight game to win the class 3A Galesburg sectional. The Redbirds beat Richwoods, 65-50.
In class 2A, Pontiac beat top-ranked Prairie Central, 53-48, for the Herscher sectional title. And Central Catholic upended U-High, 72-69, to capture the Pleasant Plains sectional championship.
In class 1A, Bloomington Cornerstone won its first sectional championship, upending Lexington, 46-33 for the Heyworth sectional title. And Illini Bluffs beat Camp Point Central, 54-46, to win the Bushnell sectional title.
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