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Rock Island’s Breanna Beal Repeats as Ms. Basketball, Belleville West’s EJ Liddell Named Mr. Basketball

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The Chicago Tribune has named its 2018 Illinois Ms. and Mr. Basketball Award winners based on a statewide vote by coaches and media.

Rock Island junior Breanna Beal repeats as Ms. Basketball in 2018, becoming the fourth player (Cappie Pondexter, Candace Parker, Tyra Buss) in state history to win the award twice, while setting the stage to potentially become the second three-time winner (Parker).

Belleville West junior forward EJ Liddell is the 2018 Mr. Basketball honoree after leading the Maroons to the 2018 IHSA Class 4A state title. Liddell averaged 20.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7 blocks per game in his two state final wins over Larkin and Whitney Young in Peoria.

Click here to read the Tribune's announcement story.