The Associated Press released its list of the top players in the state in Classes 1A and 2A as voted on by a statewide panel of writers and broadcasters.
The Class 1A team is headed by 5-foot -11 senior Taylor McClintock (Illini Bluffs), 6-0 junior Celina VanHyfte (Annawan), 6-1 senior Sophie Brunner (Freeport Aquin), 6-1 senior Micah Jones (Cowden-Herrick) and 6-0 senior Allison Webb (Goreville).
The Class 1A second team is comprised of 5-4 senior Sarah Hansen (Kewanee Wethersfield), 5-3 senior Jessica Awe (Mount Pulaski), 5-8 senior Megan Wienstroer (Okawville), 5-10 junior Morgan Atherton (Century) and 5-9 sophomore Ashley Schneider (Nokomis).
Named to the Class 1A honorable mention list were Andrea Dickerson (Mount Pulaski), Cassie Reiley (Prophetstown), Lauren Tollefson (Newark), Taylor Roach (Tri-Point), Amanda Geiger (Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran), McKaila Hays (Westminster Christian), Leslie Hardin (Madison), Adele Cook (Carrollton) and Hannah Wallace (Brimfield).
The Class 2A team is headed 5-7 junior Tyra Buss of Mount Carmel, the only player on either team listed first on all 18 ballots, 5-11 senior Paige Rakers, 5-5 junior Randa Harshbarger (Champaign St. Thomas More), 6-4 freshman Tori McCoy (St. Thomas More) and 6-3 senior Sophie Reecher (Byron).
The Class 2A second team is comprised of 5-8 junior Rebekah Ehresman (El Paso-Gridley), 6-0 senior Kandie Bloch (Argenta-Oreana), 5-10 senior Shaye Harre (Nashville), 5-6 junior Devin Curry (Watseka) and 6-1 senior Cassidy Clark (Orion).
Named to the Class 2A honorable mention list were Allie Schoonover (Pana), Maddie Timmerman (Breese Central), Lexi Wallen (Champaign St. Thomas More), Hannah Nimrick (Riverdale), Sophie Fairman (Staunton), Carly Childress (Vienna), Kendra Wilken (Breese Central), Morgan Corn (Benton), Jordi Harre (Nashville), Ali Ringering (Red Bud) and Samantha Lambrigtsen (Oregon).
Illinois recruit Jacqui Grant of Maine South scored her 1,500th career point late in the third quarter (1503) of Maine South's win over Resurrection. Grant is the second highest scorer in Maine South girls' basketball history behind Ashley Tomzik (1,910).
Penn freshman guard Keiera Ray (Bolingbrook) was named the Ann Meyers Drysdale Women's National Player of the Week earlier this week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). Ray is the first Ivy League player, man or woman, ever selected for the award.
Ray scored 50 points last weekend, including the first 30-point performance by an Ivy player this year, to help propel the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team to its first sweep of Harvard and Dartmouth since 2004.
For the week, Ray was 12-of-26 (46.2 percent from the field, 6-for-10 from three-point range and 20-of-26 (76.9 percent) from the free-throw line. She averaged 25.0 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game and 2.0 assists per game.
Her career-high 31 points in a 77-72 win over Harvard - breaking a 17-game and nine-year losing streak to the Crimson - were the most by a league player this season. She added 19 points in a 63-40 win over Dartmouth, the most lopsided Penn win in series history.
No lead too safe? No deficit too big? No technical too...poorly timed?
In a basketball oddity, Monmouth-Roseville, the No. 7-ranked boys team in Class 2A, scored nine consecutive points without giving up possession of the basketball in a 64-43 victory over Macomb in a regional semifinal Wednesday.
Here's how it happened:
With his team leading 18-16 in the second quarter, Monmouth-Roseville junior guard Martel Hunter scored on a driving layup and was fouled. Macomb coach Jeremy Anderson complained about the call too vociferously for one official's liking and was awarded a technical.
Hunter completed the conventional three-point play and made both technical free throws. Monmouth-Roseville retained possession because of the technical, and on the ensuing play senior guard Liam Merritt made a three-pointer.
Monmouth-Roseville junior forward Dalton Hottle was fouled while the ball was in the air fighting for rebounding position and made the front end of a bonus try.
The nine points were part of a 16-0 run to close the first half. Monmouth-Roseville went on to win 64-43.
It was a mixed bag for the local entries at last weekend's President's Day Tournament hosted by the Great Lakes Volleyball Center in Aurora with two area entries winning open titles and two local teams falling in the championship matches.
In the 18 Open division, SPVB 18 Elite lost to Dead Frog, 25-21, 25-23. Members of the SPVB team included Annika Albrecht, Katherine Baki, Alysia Baznik, Lauren Carlini, Samantha Condon, Katlyn Federico, Maddie Haggerty, Colleen Larson and Brittany Pavich.
Carlini and Baznik were named to the all-tournament team.
1st Alliance 18 White won the 18 Club division, followed by SPVB 18 Blue, Michio Chicago 18 National and Kane County 18 Gold.
1st Alliance's Sharon Anderson was named club division MVP. Stephanie Korebakes (1st Alliance 18 White), Shannon Murphy (1st Alliance 18 White), Brooke Antenen (SPVB 18 Blue), Ratasha Garbes (SPVB 18 Blue), Michelle Konecki (Michio Chicago 18 National) and Courtney Bemis (Kane County 18 Gold) were named to the all-tournament team.
In the 17 Open division, Fusion 17 Black lost to Asics KIVA 17 Red, 25-17, 25-19. Members of Fusion 17 Black included Sydney Doby, Samantha Dubiel, Alexandra Frantti, Olivia Kofie, Simone Lee, Mackenzie Long, Kaitlyn Olson, Brianna Stewart and Bryanna Weiskircher.
Alexa Filley of Asics KIVA 17 Red was named tournament MVP. Joining her on the all-tournament team were Wieskircher, Frantti and Jenna Lodewyk of 1st Alliance 17 Silver, which finished third.
SPVB 17 Runbird won the 17 Club division title behind MVP Becca Shearer. SPVB 17 Runbird teammates Whitney Battoe and Julia Shemaitis were also named to the all-tournament team.
In the 16 Open division, Michio Chicago 16 National defeated MAVA 16 Select 25-16, 25-22 to win the title. Member of the Michio Chicago team included Kennedy Arundel, Carla Cahill, Amber Casey, Kelsey Clark, Emily Coghlan, Ryann DeJarld, Abbey Lawler, Morgan Mikenas, Taylor Sabato, Margaret Scanlon and Kristen Somerville.
Arundel was named 16 Open division MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Kelsey Clark and Hannah Juley of 1st Alliance 16 Silver, which finished fourth.
Illini Elite 16 Black won the 16 Club division title. SPVB 16 Blue was third and SPVB 16 White was fourth. Illini Elite's Tyler Brown was named tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Alex Bogusz, Aileen Griffin (SPVB 6 Blue), Kelly Bertrand (SPVB16 White) and Sam Krill (Fusion South 16 Red).
In the 15 Open division, SPVB 15 Elite defeated Asics KIVA 14 Red 19-25, 25-22, 15-8 to win the tournament. Members of the winning team included Tiffany Clark, Molly Haggerty, Allison Lindroth, Lauren Robeck, Ashley Shook, Nora Stack, Grace Tiesman, Ashley Walker and MacKenzi Welsh.
Haggerty was named tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by Clark and Welsh.
In the 15 Club division, Sky High 15 Blue finished second and SPVB 15 Blue was fourth. Abbey Majercik and Monet Charron of Sky High 15 Blue were named to the all-tournament team as was Sam Herron of SPVB 15 Blue.