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As we await today's NCAA Women's championship between Stanford and Arizona, we return to our inaugural girl's state championship.  In what year was the first girls' championship played (Hint:  just one class)?  Which schools were involved in the game?  Who won?

Answer:  The first IHSA Girls' Basketball State Championship was played at the end of the 1976-77 season between Washington (IL) Community High School and Sterling High School.  Sterling won the game 52-38 to preserve their perfect undefeated season (21-0).