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Richwoods Playing For More Than State Trophy

Knights Remember Former Cheerleader

PEORIA, Ill. - Richwoods is trying to win its fourth girls basketball state championship this weekend.

The Knights can finish off a 35-1 season with a pair of victories and earn the program's 1,000th all-time win. And the team can also honor a former student who won't be at Redbird Arena this weekend.

"That's why I want to do it for her and for my team," said sophomore forward Jaida McCloud. "I have to play and block that out of my mind."

McCloud's 23-year-old cousin Taylor McClain died early Tuesday morning, just hours after the Knights clinched a state bid with a super-sectional win. McClain was a 2013 Richwoods grad and a former cheerleader.

"I basically grew up with Taylor," said senior guard Kourtney Crane. "She grew up with my sister, I was always their shadow, always with them. And it's heartbreaking."

Richwoods plays Glenbard South in the Class 3A semifinals at 11 a.m. Friday.


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