QUINCY -- The Missouri boys tried to use speed and quickness to end its losing streak to the Illinois boys in last year's McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic.
Expect this year's Missouri boys team to try to use more size and strength to snap the streak.
The 35th annual boys game will be part of the annual all-star doubleheader taking place June 16 at Quincy University's Pepsi Arena. The 36th annual girls game will tip at 5 p.m. with the boys game to follow.
Tickets are on sale at The Herald-Whig and at the McDonald's at 13th and Broadway. All tickets are general admission and cost $7.
The Illinois boys lead the series 32-2 and have won eight in a row.
Last year's Missouri team had seven players who were 6-foot or smaller. This year's team showcases two players who are 6-foot-6 or bigger -- Clark County's Chandler Bevans (19.6 ppg) and Mark Twain's Grant Peters (20.0 ppg) -- as well as Palmyra's Peyton Plunkett (14.8 ppg), who is 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds and will be playing football at Northwest Missouri State in the fall.
Missouri also will have one of the area's top shooters in Clark County's Cole Kirchner (49 3-pointers) and playmakers in Highland's Keetan Johnson (4.3 assists per game).
Also on the Missouri boys roster are Louisiana's Michael Francis, Knox County's Hayden Miller, Scotland County's Lane Pence, Canton's Koy Smith and Hannibal's Wyatt Waelder. The team will be coached by Ryan Wood from Palmyra.
Two members from Quincy High School's regional championship team, Ben Amos and Herald-Whig Player of the Year Aaron Shoot are on the Illinois boys roster.
They'll be joined by four of the area's top scorers -- Brown County's Darian Drake (16.5 ppg) and Tanner Sussenbach (16.2 ppg), who led the Hornets to 24 victories and the Class 1A sectional championship; Trevor Voss (18.4 ppg), who helped keep Payson Seymour near the top of the Class 1A state poll all season; and Illini West's Kennedy Gooding (16.6 ppg).
Also on the roster are Pittsfield's Noah Mendenhall, Western's Easton Billings, and Mac Little and Jase Wallingford from Quincy Notre Dame's regional championship team.
Illinois won last year's game 101-85, with Quincy High School's Parker Bland scoring 23 points and grabbing seven rebounds.
The Missouri girls lead the series 19-16, ending a five-game winning streak for Illinois in last year's game. Missouri won last year's game 80-71 behind 21 points and nine rebounds from Scotland County's Chelsea Wood.
Three players from the Clark County girls team that finished fourth in the Class 3 state tournament will be on the Missouri roster -- Carissa Bevans, Abby Brown and Maggie Schutte. They'll be joined by twins Delanie and Emilie Okenfuss from Monroe City, which lost to Clark County 45-44 in the district championship game.
Caitlyn Poore, a Class 2 all-state selection, will be reunited with South Shelby teammate Lexie Higbee, and the team will coached by South Shelby's Luke O'Laughlin.
Also on the Missouri roster are Canton's Olivia Jarvis, Highland's Haley Meyer and Scotland County's Ashleigh Creek.
Western-Payson's Elizabeth Seals, coach of the Illinois girls, will enjoy one last opportunity to coach Blair Borrowman, The Herald-Whig's Player of the Year. Borrowman fractured her fibula during a February game against Liberty and missed the rest of the regular season, but she is healthy to play in the Classic. Teammate Kamryn Flesner also is on the squad.
All-State guard Baylee Clampitt (19.5 ppg) and Rylie Harrell from Illini West, which was ranked in the Class 2A state poll for most of the season, are on the Illinois girls roster. Joining them are Unity's Katie Conry, Quincy's Bre Bordewick, Brown County's Alexis Doyle, Pittsfield/Griggsville-Perry's Lauren Kennedy, Quincy Notre Dame's Molly Penn and West Hancock's Kailee Pfeiferling.
Carissa Bevans, Clark County
Abby Brown, Clark County
Ashleigh Creek, Scotland County
Lexie Higbee, South Shelby
Olivia Jarvis, Canton
Haley Meyer, Highland
Delanie Okenfuss, Monroe City
Emilie Okenfuss, Monroe City
Caitlyn Poore, South Shelby
Maggie Schutte, Clark County
Coach: Luke O'Laughlin, South Shelby
Bre Bordewick, Quincy
Blair Borrowman, Western-Payson
Baylee Clampitt, Illini West
Katie Conry, Unity
Alexis Doyle, Brown County
Kamryn Flesner, Western-Payson
Rylie Harrell, Illini West
Lauren Kennedy, Pittsfield
Molly Penn, Quincy Notre Dame
Kailee Pfeiferling, West Hancock
Coach: Elizabeth Seals, Western-Payson
Chandler Bevans, Clark County
Michael Francis, Louisiana
Keetan Johnston, Highland
Cole Kirchner, Clark County
Hayden Miller, Knox County
Lane Pence, Scotland County
Grant Peters, Mark Twain
Peyton Plunkett, Palmyra
Koy Smith, Canton
Wyatt Waelder, Hannibal
Coach: Ryan Wood, Palmyra
Ben Amos, Quincy
Easton Billings, Western
Darian Drake, Brown County
Kennedy Gooding, Illini West
Mac Little, Quincy Notre Dame
Noah Mendenhall, Pittsfield
Aaron Shoot, Quincy
Tanner Sussenbach, Brown County
Trevor Voss, Payson Seymour
Jase Wallingford, Quincy Notre Dame
Coach: Curtis Stout, Western