Peoria Manual hoops legends return home to host high school shootout

Plus, Normal Community’s Ali Ince named Illinois Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year
Published: Jun. 30, 2022 at 10:53 PM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - A pair of Peoria Manual girls basketball legends returned home on Thursday afternoon to host a high school hoops shootout at their alma mater. Carla McGhee and Jonelle Polk-McCloud were teammates together at Manual in the 1980s and returned home to share their love of the game and experiences with the next generation.

McGhee helped lead the Rams to a state championship in 1986 before playing for Pat Summitt at Tennessee. After recovering from a serious car accident that nearly ended her playing career, McGhee went on to help Team USA win an Olympic Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympics, a win that helped launch the NBA. Polk-McCloud had a very successful career in her own right, starring at Illinois and leaving as the program’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, marks that stood for more than a decade after her graduation.

In other high school news, Normal Community track star Ali Ince was named the Illinois Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year on Thursday. Ince won state titles in both the 400 and 800 and anchored the Iron’s 3rd place finish in the 4x400 relay this spring.

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