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Geneva, Burlington girls head to state

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  • The Geneva High School girls basketball team poses for a picture before boarding a bus Thursday bound for Illinois State University and the state tournament.

      The Geneva High School girls basketball team poses for a picture before boarding a bus Thursday bound for Illinois State University and the state tournament.
    Courtesy of Willy Medina

  • The Burlington Central High School girls basketball team poses for a unique team picture Thursday before heading to the state tournament, which opens Friday in Normal.

      The Burlington Central High School girls basketball team poses for a unique team picture Thursday before heading to the state tournament, which opens Friday in Normal.
    Courtesy of Jennifer Colby

  • The Burlington Central girls basketball team boards a bus Thursday, headed for the state tournament at Illinois State University.

      The Burlington Central girls basketball team boards a bus Thursday, headed for the state tournament at Illinois State University.
    Courtesy of Lori Holt

  • Burlington Central girls basketball players board a bus Thursday for the state tournament in Normal.

      Burlington Central girls basketball players board a bus Thursday for the state tournament in Normal.
    Courtesy of Lori Holt

 
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The Geneva and Burlington Central girls basketball teams boarded buses Thursday for their trip to the state tournament this weekend at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal.

It's the Vikings' second state berth in school history. They will put a 14-game winning streak and a 26-5 record on the line at 6:30 p.m. Friday against Rolling Meadows in Class 4A.

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The winner of Friday's semifinal will play either Marian Catholic or Whitney Young for the state championship Saturday. Geneva took fourth in its other state appearance in 2009.

Burlington Central takes on top-ranked Montini at 12:15 p.m. Friday in Class 3A. It's the first time any Burlington Central basketball team, boys or girls, has qualified for a state final tournament.

Friday's winner will meet the winner of the Joliet Catholic-Quincy Notre Dame game in Saturday's championship.

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