LISLE – Even when the season was over, it wasn’t quite over for Kristina Fernette and Kelly Urban.
Both seniors for Lisle’s girls basketball team last winter, their seasons didn’t end when the Lions lost 33-32 in overtime to Walther Lutheran in a Class 2A regional championship game.
On June 22, the two played in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association all-state all-star game at Illinois Wesleyan University.
“A couple of weeks after the season coach told me I was all-state and that I’d be offered the chance to play in the game,” Fernette said. “It was all overwhelming.”
The fact that Fernette and Urban got to play at the all-state game on the same team made the occasion even more special.
“We’ve been playing together since the third grade, so it was awesome to be able to play with her one last time,” Fernette said.
Fernette and Urban were key contributors for a Lisle team that went undefeated in conference and won an Interstate Eight Conference title in the winter. Both deserved their spots in the all-state game, according Lisle head coach Dan Murray.
“Obviously they were a big part of our success,” Murray said. “I think Kristina really developed her perimeter shot and that really opened up her game because she was much more well-rounded.
“Kelly was so versatile. If they put a smaller guard on her she was strong enough to post them up. And if they put someone big on her, she could go right around them. She was a hard matchup for a lot of teams because she’s so versatile.”
While Murray said her range improved, Fernette was most happy with how she played when the game got physical.
“At the beginning of the season I realized we weren’t as strong on the post and so I had to make more of an effort to get down low and improve my post moves,” she said.
After back-to-back ACL injuries her freshman and sophomore seasons, Urban finally was fully healthy and made the most of her senior year.
“This year you saw what she was capable of,” Murray said of Urban. “Kristina and Kelly were the first two all-state players in my time at Lisle, and [senior] Skyler Tomko was all-state special mention, which is quite an accomplishment for our program. I’m proud that Kristina and Kelly were able to represent our program like that. They’re both great kids and in the couple years I coached them, they both improved a lot.”