WINNEBAGO, Ill. (WIFR) After playing in the biggest game of their lives on Tuesday, Winnebago will do it all over again Friday in Peoria for the state semifinals and the indians will be heavily relying on their seniors.
Bago leaned on its core of Andrew Morrissey, Ty Waller and Kenzell Jones to get them to the 2A state semifinals where it will face Pinckneyville.
The Indians held on in a tight 58-55 battle against Corliss at the super-sectional on Tuesday to propel them to their first trip to the final four since 2013.
This being the final weekend of high school basketball for many of the Winnebago lineup, they approach it with open arms.
"It's motivating actually," said Waller. "I've got two games no matter what so I'm going to leave everything I have on the court. There's no regrets. We have nothing to lose. There's only two left so we need to do what we can out there and leave it all on the court."
For Jones, the group of seniors must be a positive example for their younger teammates.
"You have to be that mentor to the younger guys on this team, calm them down and pick them up when they're down," said Jones. "It's all about effort. It's all effort and it's all playing as a unit and being cohesive at times. Right now we're gelling at the right moment and it feels good to be where we're at, but the pressure is back on heading into Peoria."
The Indians take on the Panthers Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Carver Arena in Peoria.