Illinois Prep Insider’s girls basketball All-Area team
Told you I’d get one out eventually! Thank you to all the coaches who sent me their nominations and stats. Hopefully after doing this once, it’ll run a little more smoothly next year and we can recoginze even more players.
This was difficult. You want to include every player on one of the top three teams but there are only slots for 15 players.
Everyone knows I’m not usually a fan of honorable mentions, or “just missed the cut” lists, but I feel like all area teams are exceptions to the rules. You really just want to make sure you recognize as many people as you can.
So without further delay, here are your all-area teams. Same time next year so mark your calendar to get you players nominated.
List is alphabetical by last name for the first three teams, and alphabetically by school in the honorable mention list.
Angela Dugalic, Maine West
Dugalic did it all for Maine West. Interior threat, perimeter threat, held down the post defensively, and got all of her teammates involved. Was rarely the leading scorer for her team, but they way she drew defenses doesn’t show up in the box score.
Grace Hynes, Mother McAuley
Started the year as one of the most underrated players in the area, ended the year as one of the most talked about players downstate and helped lead her team to a second place finish in 4A
Kyla Jones, Whitney Young
One of the best pure scorers in the entire state, and one that often gets overlooked. Over the past two seasons, all Jones has done was average well over 20ppg with two regional championships and a city title.
Rachel Kent, Maine West
I tend to not like putting two players from the same school on the first team list for a variety of reasons, but two things helped changed my mind. One coach messaged me with their nomination and mentioned how Maine West was the best team he has seen over the past 5-10 years. The other was Kent’s performance in the state title game. She will go down as one of the best two way players in the state.
Annie Stritzel, Nazareth
While it may not be the AP all-state first team, Stritzel is more than deserving of her spot on our first-team list. Leading Nazareth to back to back state appearances while averaging nearly 25 ppg is something very few others can claim.
Maggie Bair, Glenbard South
I honestly believe Bair was a bit under recruited. She was the top priority in every scouting report yet still manage to put up impressive numbers and lead Glenbard South to a fantastic two year run.
Halle Douglass, Lake Forest
Doesn’t have the crazy scoring numbers some of the other on this list have, but did a little bit of everything for a Lake Forest squad who made a run to super-sectionals.
Taylor Guggliuzza, Lincoln-Way West
Helped lead Lincoln-Way West to their first regional title in class 4A. High scoring guard who recently committed to IUPUI.
Anessah Morrow, Simeon
Recovered from an ACL injury sustained in the spring to become the most important piece for a Simeon team who almost knocked off Benet in regionals.
Darrione Rogers, Lake Park
I’m going to call my shot now, I would not be surprised to see Darrione Rogers in the Ms. Basketball conversation next year along with Dugalic. The junior is already committed to DePaul and has improved greatly every year.
Brooke Schramek, Benet
Nice all around player but her defensive prowess tends to go unnoticed. There were so many times this year where she was switched onto someone who was having a big game, only for them to go quiet down the stretch.
Molly Gannon, St. Ignatius
Sharpshooting senior has been the backbone for a top-10 Ignatius side who has really started to make a name for themselves in the past few seasons. Draws the opposing teams best defender every night and still able to produce.
Julia Martinez, Loyola
Martinez had a unique set of skills that has kind of disappeared from the modern game. A pass first point guard who you couldn’t pressure with a Loyola assist record that is not likely to ever be broken.
Brianna McDaniel, Kenwood
The only Freshman to make the list which says a lot about her potential. Future will continue to be bright for Kenwood.
Greta Kampschroeder, Naperville North
Kampschroeder is an incredible talent that managed to put up 20 points and 10 rebounds a game, despite not having a ton around her and drawing two defenders on nearly every possession.
Taylor Thompson, Barrington
Lexie Sinclair, Bartlett
Kendall Holmes, Benet
Clara Prasse, Benet
Kendra Lee, Buffalo Grove
Ellie Gross, Downers Grove North
Megan Murray, Elk Grove
SyAnn Holmes, Evanston
Jayla Turchin, Evanston
Emily Klaczek, Fremd
Lindsay Blackmore, Geneva
Emily Collins, Hersey
Tamara Nard, Kenwood
Sydney Affolter, Marist
Abby Callahan, Marist
Brandi Hudson, Marshall
Sophie Sullivan, Montini
Jenna Badali, Mother McAuley
Taite Ryan, New Trier
Ahsa Spencer, OPRF
Ryann Ogarek, Providence
Alexa Davis, Rolling Meadows
Khaniah Gardner, Simeon
Annie Tate, St. Charles North
Joy Bergstrom, St. Viator
Avery King, Stevenson
Krystyna Ellew, Taft
Kayla Green, Whitney Young
Do not know how you can leave Dylan VanFleet of Maine West off this list.
She outplayed many of the players on this list head to head throughout the year.
She may not have put up the huge numbers, but was a big part of undefeated team.
Maybe you are just looking at stats?
Nothing to do with numbers, as an example Julia Martinez averaged single digit points per game. She had the benefit of playing with two first team all-staters which opens up a lot of opportunities and I just couldn’t justify putting her on one of the top three teams with Maine West already having two first teamers. Still have next year.
How is Thornwood not mentioned at all !!!!!!
Their coaches never sent me any nominations.