Scouting The Times 2013-14 Illinois All-Area Girls basketball Team

Scouting The Times 2013-14 Illinois All-Area Girls basketball Team

2014-03-15T18:00:00Z 2014-03-16T00:30:07Z Scouting The Times 2013-14 Illinois All-Area Girls basketball Team nwitimes.com
March 15, 2014 6:00 pm

FIRST TEAM

Ebony Bailey | Seton Academy

Position: Guard

Year: Senior

Height: 5-7

Stats: 22.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg

Notable: The GCAC White Player of the Year did it all for the Sting. Bailey was an Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 1A/2A third-team all-state selection and was an IBCA all-state pick two years in a row. She also was a GCAC White all-conference team member for three years in a row and was named to the Hillcrest Holiday Classic all-tourney team. She helped lead them to a third straight super-sectional berth as well as another GCAC White title. Bailey was a floor and team leader.

Ninah Bertrand | T.F. South

Position: Guard

Year: Senior

Height: 5-6

Stats: 17.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.7 spg, 2.9 apg

Notable: The South Suburban Blue Player of the Year led the Rebels to 20 wins and a second-place SSC Blue finish. Despite her size, Bertrand battled with taller players for rebounds and many times won. A three-year captain and four-year varsity player, she is also one of the top students in her class. She had 41 points against Ag Science, which tied a program single-game record. Bertrand also has put up good numbers in the classroom as she is ranked fourth in a class of 500. She is a member of the National Honor Society, and is also in the Captain's Club, for team captains.

Lindzy Cox | Crete-Monee

Position: Guard

Year: Sophomore

Height: 5-7

Stats: 10.0 ppg, 4.0 apg

Notable: Cox is one of the long list of good point guards in the south suburbs. She ran the show as the Warriors went undefeated in the Southland Athletic Conference.

Marsha Howard | Crete-Monee

Position: Center

Year: Junior

Height: 6-1

Stats: 17.0 ppg, 13.0 rpg

Notable: Howard dominated the boards and was an all-Southland Athletic Conference pick. She will be a dominating force again next year. She was all-tournament at the Marist Thanksgiving tourney and the Detroit Roundball Classic.

Anika Johnson | Bloom Township

Position: Forward

Year: Sophomore

Height: 5-10

Stats: 17.7 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 3.5 bpg

Notable: She had 21 double-doubles and three times had 20 or more rebounds per game. Johnson is also involved with her church and community as she helped build a house and refurbish a playground. She made the Southland Athletic Conference team.

Tyra Johnson | T.F. North

Position: Forward

Year: Sophomore

Height: 5-10

Stats: 11.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg

Notable: She had 21 blocks and was an all-South Suburban Blue pick. A bright spot for the future of the program.

Danielle King | Bloom Township

Position: Guard

Year: Junior

Height: 5-5

Stats: 19.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 5.4 apg, 5.2 spg,

Notable: King is being recruited by several Division 1 schools. She put up great numbers despite missing 13 games with turf toe. The point guard was an all-Southland Athletic Conference pick and has scored over 750 points in her prep career. She had three 30-plus scoring games this year.

Gabby Kreykes | Illiana Christian

Position: Guard

Year: Freshman

Height: 5-8

Stats: 14.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.5 spg, 2.1 apg

Notable: The Metro Conference first-team selection led the Vikings in all offensive categories, plus steals. She had 398 points. She is one of the top guards in the area and will be very dominating over the next three years.

Ashton Millender | Marian Catholic

Position: Guard

Year: Senior

Height: 5-10

Stats: 16.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.2 apg

Notable: The Times Player of the Year was also the East Suburban Catholic Conference Player of the Year. The DePaul recruit was also an Illinois Basketball Coaches Association  Class 3A/4A second-team all-star selection. She was the Spartans leader and scored 12 points in overtime against Oak Lawn to give Marian the Class 4A Bloom Township Sectional title. She helped the Spartans to a third-place finish in the Class 4A tourney. Millender was a 75 percent free-throw shooter who also hit 40 percent of her 3-point attempts. She finished her Marian career with more than 1,400 points. She made 71 3-pointers and made the all-tournament teams at Oswego and Montini.

Teniya Page | Marian Catholic

Position: Guard

Year: Junior

Height: 5-7

Stats: 14.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.6 apg

Notable: An East Suburban Catholic Conference first-team pick and named to the IBCA Class 3A/4A All-State second team, Page is one of the top guards in the state. Page is a three-year starter and first Spartan point guard to start as a freshman since former Times two-time player of the year Kaila Turner. Page has scored more than 1,000 points. She shot almost 75 percent from the foul line and 49 percent from beyond the 3-point line, with 37 3-pointers. Page was all-tournament at Oswego and Montini.

Ren'Cia Rolling | T.F. South

Position: Guard

Year: Sophomore

Height: 5-3

Stats: 14.8 ppg, 4.6 apg, 2.3 spg, 1.3 rpg

Notable: An all-South Suburban Blue pick, she was another spark for the Rebels. Fans will hear a lot about her in the next two years.

Danielle Snuckel | Beecher

Position: Guard

Year: Junior

Height: 5-7

Stats: 14.0 ppg, 2.0 apg, 1.7 spg

Notable: The River Valley Conference Player of the Year led Beecher to the RVC title. She made two all-tournament teams and was the team's MVP.

SECOND TEAM

Kauai Bradley |Marian Catholic | 6-0 | Jr. | F

Stats: 5.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.1 apg)

Notable: Will be one of the area top post players next year.

Mariah Cole |Seton Academy | 6-1 | Sr. | F

Stats: 10.7 ppg, 9.8 rpg

Notable: She was a strong inside presence and shot 51.3 percent from the field and also had two blocks.

Amarah Coleman | Homewood Flossmoor | 5-11 | Sr. | G

Stats: 13.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.0 apg

Notable: The Illinois recruit was a first-team SouthWest Suburban Blue pick and a McDonald's All-American candidate.

Kameron Dickens | T.F. South | 5-7 | Sr. | C

Stats: 6.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.6 spg, 2.0 apg, 20 blocks

Notable: Depsite her small size, Dickens battled with girls four and five inches taller than her and many times controlled the boards. She was a special mention on the South Suburban Blue team.

Brittany Hardeman | Seton Academy | 5-10 | Fr. |C

Stats: 9.3 ppg, 11.0 rpg

Notable: Another strong presence in the paint. She shot 48 percent from the field and will be a force the next three years.

Ashley Henry | Crete-Monee | 6-0 | Sr. | C

Stats: 9.0 ppg, 10.2 rpg

Notable: The Eastern Michigan recruit was a force under the boards.

Chanel Howard | T.F. North | 5-8 | Sr. | G

Stats: 11.4 ppg

Notable: Was South Suburban Blue special mention.

Taylor Johnson | Beecher | 5-7 | Fr. |F

Stats: 12.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.6 spg

Notable: She  had some big games in leading to Bobcats to perfect River Valley Conference season.

Caroline Kuether | Illinois Lutheran | 5-8 | Jr. |G

Stats: 9.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg

Notable: One of the top players in the River Valley Conference.

Dajhae Mullins | Marian Catholic | 5-10 | Sr. |F

Stats: 6.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg

Notable: Came back from a knee injury and was a big part of the Spartans success with key rebounding.

Janaeah Stewart | Thornwood | 5-10 |Sr. | F

Stats: 13.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.2 spg

Notable: Named to the SouthWest Suburban Red team.

Raven Watts | Thornridge | 5-9 | Fr. | F

Stats: 10.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg

Notable: A cornerstone for the future of the program.

HONORABLE MENTION

BEECHER -- Sam Pillbeam.

BLOOM TOWNSHIP -- Ariana Dampier.

CRETE-MONEE -- Ashley Henry, Alexia DeBose.

HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR -- Kristen Moore, Lexi Smith, Faith Suggs.

ILLIANA CHRISTIAN -- Janna Vree.

ILLINOIS LUTHERAN --Janelle Heyn

MARIAN CATHOLIC -- Mercedes Winfrey.

ST. FRANCIS DE SALES -- Keaera Cunningham

THORNRIDGE -- Camille Taylor.

THORNTON -- Brianna Anthony, Leesa Greenwood.

T.F. NORTH -- Esther Fagbemi.

THORNWOOD -- Ashah Davis, Dominique Hill.

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