On precipice of greatness, Pranger has different goals in mind

As the season continues into the Super-sectional round Monday at Illinois Wesleyan for the Edwardsville girls basketball team, senior Rachel Pranger creeps closer to history. Pranger, who stands just shy of 2013 graduate Emmonnie Henderson’s 1,806 points, really isn’t focused on that right now. Being 39 points shy of the mark entering Monday puts her in the conversation of the program’s top all-time offensive threat, she doesn’t care right now. She wants to win. “No, not really, I’d rather just make it to state like we did last year,” said Pranger of her lack of concern for personal greatness. “I want to get some redemption and I want to be successful. For them, not for myself.” The 6-foot Pranger, who is averaging 12.0 points and 4.1 rebounds for the Tigers (29-0, No. 1 in the STLhighschoolsports.com large-schools rankings) is much more than any numbers, though. She hounded the reigning Miss Basketball Illinois – Rock Island junior guard Bre Beal – and helped keep her off the scoreboard during the third quarter of Edwardsville’s come-from-behind 48-44 sectional championship win at Champaign Centennial Thursday. In overtime, Pranger put her banged-up body on the line and took a charge on Beal as the Rocks attempted to tie the game and Edwardsville was never headed. “She’s got a bad back right now and, with that being said, she’s still willing to do that and battle against Beal, she’s a total team player,” Edwardsville coach Lori Blade said. “We are fortunate to be able to… [Read full story]

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