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The Watseka Utes’ eighth grade basketball team celebrate with their plaque after defeating Judah Christian in the regional finals. Front row, left to right: Ava Swartz, Kaylie Lange, Jasmine Essington, Brianna Denault, Gracie Yates, Emma Hasbargen. Back row: Assistant coach Sarah Shoven, Layla Holohan, Diara Wellmaker, Lauren Tegtmeyer, Megan Martin, Ella Smith and coach Barry Bauer.

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The number two seeded Glenn Raymond Lady Utes eighth grade basketball team defeated the number one seeded Champaign Judah Christian Tribe on Dec. 6 at the IESA class 2A regional championship game.

Watseka’s Brianna Denault’s steal and layup with eight seconds left in the game gave the Utes the win with a score of 33-32. Leading the Utes in scoring was Jasmine Essington with 17 total followed by Ava Swartz with 10.

The Lady Utes’ record is now 18-5 on the season and will head to the sectional game in Salt Fork at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 against Paris Crestwood.