IHSA CLASS 1A STATE SEMIFINAL

Calhoun and its opponent struggle for a ball on Friday in the state semifinal contest. (Tourney photos by Angie Kizer, Unlimited Imprints))CALHOUN 49, IROQUOIS WEST 36: Emma Baalman had 19 points and 16 rebounds as Hardin-Calhoun reached the IHSA Class 1A Girls Basketball Championship final with a 49-36 win over Iroquois West at Normal's Redbird Arena Friday afternoon.

The Warriors will face Moweaqua Central A&M, 56-52 winners over Prophetstown in the first semifinal, at 2 p.m. Saturday for the state championship. The game will be televised (via Comcast Sports Network Chicago) on Charter Communications Regional Sports channel 224 and streamed on-line at IHSA.tv via the NFHS website; the stream is free, but you must subscribe to it; there is no charge for a subscription.

Hardin (32-2 after winning its 28th game in a row) scored its first seven points from the free-throw line, getting its first field goal with 1:31 left in the first term. The Raiders (28-4) took a 10-9 lead at quarter time and led by as much as six in the second period, but the Warriors rallied and took a 29-26 lead at halftime.

The game remained tight through the last change (Hardin led 34-30 at three-quarter time), but a 15-point final quarter allowed the Warriors to run home winners.

Kassidy Klocke added 13 points for Hardin in reaching its first-ever state basketball final; the Warriors had 52 rebounds, setting a state record for most rebounds in a tournament game. Elena Sanchez led the Raiders with 10 points.

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Feeney, 56, is a native of Granite City and graduated from Granite City South in 1978. He was a part-time writer for the old Granite City Journal from 1979-84 before attending Eastern Illinois University in Charleston,
from which he earned his BA in journalism in 1988. He has worked for newspapers in Sikeston, Mo., Rocky Mount, N.C., Seneca, S.C. and in Charleston-Mattoon. He also worked for the old St. Clair County Suburban
Journals.

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