The Morton girls basketball team will collect an Illinois High School Association Class 3A state trophy.
The Potters earned their second all-time berth in the state final with a 66-40 victory over Kankakee McNamara Monday in the Pontiac Super-sectional.
After getting denied a year ago at the same site, Morton (30-4) delivered a victory this time in front of a large group of its fans.
The Potters’ 18-game winning streak, which dates back two months, ties the longest in the history of the program.
They also are just one victory from tying the Morton single-season mark.
Sarah Livingston had 27 points and Chandler Ryan had 21. Ten of Livingston’s points came in the third quarter, while Ryan added 10 in the second.
After an 8-8 tie through the first quarter, the Potters outscored McNamara 43-25 combined in the second and third quarters.
“Our defense was unstoppable,” Ryan said. “We worked together really well.”
Morton, the No. 9-ranked team in the final Associated Press 3A state poll, will play No. 2 Quincy Notre Dame at 2 p.m. Friday in the second semifinal at Redbird Arena in Normal.
Quincy Notre Dame beat Breese Mater Dei on Monday night, 56-30.
The Potters will play again Saturday. The third-place game is at noon and the championship contest is set for 2 p.m.
“This group deserves the Redbird experience,” head coach Bob Becker said. “I’m so happy for them.”
Morton will shoot for its best state finish ever. The treasured 2006-07 team placed fourth in the former two-class system.
That season, the Potters also defeated McNamara in a super-sectional in Bloomington, to reach the sport’s showcase event.