DEKALB - The Winnebago Indians are heading back to Peoria for the first time in five years. They won the 2A NIU Super-Sectional Tuesday night by defeating Chicago Corliss 58-55.
Center Andrew Morrissey won his matchup with George Conditt by scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Ty Waller added 17 more points for the Indians who rallied from a 14 point deficit to win.
"In the summer you don't get a lot of time with your friends and stuff. It's always just in the gym putting in work and to know that it paid off and we're going down state it's just great!," said Morrissey moments after the win. "We accomplished our team goal. We can't wait."
"I'm pretty excited. This is nice to do," said head coach Joe Murphy who will be taking his fifth team to State. "We haven't done it in a few years. Thank God for all of the talent he's given us and it's just going to be fun."
"It feels real good!," said Waller. "We celebrated some, but the mission is not over. We've got practice tomorrow and practice Thursday. We've just got to keep working. We've got to stay focused and we're not celebrating until we get the state championship."
Winnebago improves to 30-2 on the season. The Indians will play in the 2A State Semifinals Friday at 5:30 p.m. against Pinckneyville.
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