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The eighth grade Lady Falcons basketball team from Parker Junior High School in Flossmoor is headed to the Illinois Elementary School Association state tournament.

Under the leadership of Coach Darryl Thompson and Assistant Coach Kaleena Kessling, the girls have blazed their way to an undefeated season with a record of 18-0. The Lady Falcons advanced to the state quarterfinals after their sectional win on Wednesday.

They will play Morton Junior High at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Rochester Junior High in Rochester, Ill.

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In addition to the regular season wins, the team also won the championship in the South Suburban Tournament.

This will be the first trip downstate for the girls eighth grade basketball team in Parker’s history.

The girls play as a team and support each other, on and off the court.

 When asked their secret, team member, Maya Harrell said “we just never give up.  We play hard and depend on each other.”

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