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Rock Island girls will concentrate on themselves in super-sectional

Rock Island girls will concentrate on themselves in super-sectional

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Class 4A Normal West Sectional Title

Rock Island seniors Brea Beal (1) and Carlee Camlin (24) will be counted on to lead the Rocks into tonight's Class 4A Bloomington (Illinois Wesleyan) Super-Sectional against Mother McAuley tonight.

Forget about those 26 points the Mother McAuley Macs scored in defeating Homewood-Flossmoor by a single point in Thursday's Thornwood Sectional championship game.

The Rock Island Rocks will be facing a team that can score points and likes to play defense in tonight's Class 4A Bloomington (Illinois Wesleyan University) Super-Sectional at Shirk Center.

"They are well-coached, disciplined and they play extremely hard," RI coach Henry Hall said. "They are all guards, much like us, and it should be a really good matchup. I definitely think the other night was a one-time deal and we won't expect them to struggle on offense like that again."

Mother McAuley enters the game with a 33-2 record, losing twice to Montini. Only four starters were known at press time and none of those are taller than 5-foot-9 and only three players on the roster are taller than that.

As is the usual for Hall and the Rocks (30-1), they will look at video of the Macs but for the most part they will worry about themselves.

"We will go out there and play our game just as we have all year," Hall said. "We will definitely have to play hard and never let up because (Mother McAuley) will not. It should be a great night with some great basketball."

There will be some who may wonder if the Rocks will be satisfied after finally beating Edwardsville in the sectional title game. Hall said there are no worries about that.

"First of all, if we didn't have two seniors like Brea Beal and Carlee Camlin, it might be a worry," he said. "I can guarantee you Brea won't let that happen. She is totally focused on more. And Carlee just hates to lose at anything she does.

"What we did after the game is tell the girls to enjoy it Thursday night after the game, have fun at school and the boys' game Friday night. Then, we went back to practice Saturday and had great focus again."

Hall said the excitement of the moment is also not a worry. The Rocks have had fast starts in all of their postseason games. And while this trip to the Elite 8 is the furthest a Rocky girls' basketball team has gone in school history, the idea isn't affecting the squad.

"You cannot think this team doesn't belong," Hall said, "and they won't let it get into their head. The key is you don't want to listen to the people who are telling them 'You are all that.' We can only be that team if we do what we do on the court.

"We are all excited and we will all be nervous because I know we will have a great crowd and they will have a great crowd. The atmosphere will be great and this is what basketball is all about. When the ball goes up, our girls will be all business."

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Jeff is a sports reporter for Dispatch-Argus-QCOnline.com.

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