The Mid-Illini Conference will be in the spotlight Thursday.
Not only are league members Morton (28-4) and Limestone (20-8) squaring off for a Class 3A girls basketball sectional championship, but the game with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off will be played at Washington's Torry Gymnasium.
Morton defeated Ottawa, 44-33, Tuesday in the semifinals. Limestone dispatched Rock Island Alleman, 49-33, the previous night.
The Potters, winners of 16 straight games, are in the fifth sectional final in the last seven seasons. They won titles in 2007 and '12.They are just two victories short of tying the program record for consecutive wins.
The Rockets were 5-5 overall before winning the Manual Holiday Tournament. They also rose from a fifth-place M-I standing in January to a tie for third place.
Morton won the two conference meetings — 44-41 Dec. 11 in Bartonville and 46-28 Jan. 22 at the Potterdome.
The Potters are not focusing on trying to go 3-for-3 this season against Limestone.
"We just have to beat them one time Thursday night," said MHS head coach Bob Becker.
Head coach Kevin Metzger and experienced seniors Morgan Schwindenhammer and Reilly Dunne have fueled the Limestone turnaround, Becker said. The Rockets are playing their best at the end of the year.
The Washington Sectional champion faces either Chicago Morgan Park or Kankakee McNamara at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Pontiac Super-sectional.