QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- A roster littered with former teammates getting one last chance to play on the same team, as well as a trio of players getting a head start as college teammates, highlights the Illinois girls squad when it comes to Saturday's annual McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic.
Together, Quincy High's Arai'ya Dade, Central-Southeastern's Torie Conover, and Pittsfield's Shea O'Brien make up 30% of the Illinois roster.
All three are heading to John Wood in the fall as part of another talented, and tri-state heavy, recruiting class for Lady Blazers head coach Norman Rodriguez.
Come Saturday the three get a chance to play together for the very first time.
"Missouri is always well prepared for this game," Orne said. "They take this game very seriously and I know that we have to be ready for anything."
"To play the game of basketball you always have to have a competitive side," added Illinois guard and QND alum Kassidy Gengenbacher.
"I know that everyone here is going to give 100 percent, and I hope that we can come out with a win."
The girls game tips off at 5:00 p.m. Saturday with the boys contest to follow on ESPN 1440.