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Third time’s a charm for Richwoods in sectional title, Knights to face Thornton for trip to state

The Richwoods Knights celebrate their sectional title after beating Metamora. Francisco Alonzo/Clutch Sports Media

A sold-out Friday night with hardware on the line put the eyes of central Illinois and IHSA basketball fans on what was unfolding in Pontiac. The storylines heading into Friday’s Class 3A Sectional title game between Metamora and Richwoods seemed endless. 

The Redbirds and Knights battled for the third consecutive postseason and rematched last year’s sectional title game. This time around, it featured a battle of two future Big 10 players and Richwoods wanting revenge twice as much after a 65-50 sectional defeat in 2023. 

The Knights got it on Friday, prevailing 61-55 over the Redbirds.

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