West Central of Westchester won its first state title in any sport Saturday with a 29-26 victory over River Ridge in the girls Class 1A girls basketball final at Illinois State University.
River Ridge was withink 24-23 with 1:24, but West Central's Tiffany King - a 6-foot-1 center who has signed with McKendree University - scored the final five points for West Central (32-3).
King was averaging 21.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game going into Saturday's championship. She finished with 11 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots.
For River Ridge (29-2), a school of just 156 students located in the Northwestern part of the state, Whitney Kieffer led the way. Kieffer, a 5-foot-10 senior forward, scored 17 points and added four steals