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“Now is when the fun starts”: Peoria Notre Dame reaches state’s biggest stage 


Peoria Notre Dame girls basketball
From left, Peoria Notre Dame's Emy Wardle, Lexi Baer, Mya Wardle, Julia Mingus and Kaitlin Cassidy huddle up. Francisco Alonzo/Clutch Sports Media

It’s been a goal since the summer months, now it’s a reality. 


Peoria Notre Dame girls basketball has reached state with one of the most talented groups that Central Illinois has seen. When the final buzzer sounded in their 55-39 win over Rock Island Alleman at the Class 2A Bureau Valley Super-Sectional on Monday, a wave of all sorts of emotions came over them. 


“Finally,” Mya Wardle said about what her first thought was. “I've been waiting for this for four years but I'm super excited. Now is when the fun starts and now we can just go hoop.”

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