The girls basketball season is nearing its end as the last two state championship games take place Saturday night. It’s the perfect time to celebrate the accomplishments of some of the top players from locals schools with the 2013-14 girls basketball all-area team.
Impact: One of just a few returning players with extensive varsity experience, this Interstate Eight all-conference forward played like it. She led the team with 11.5 points per game and was among the team leaders in rebounds (4.6 per game), blocks (12) and steals (50).
Impact: The Raiders were a different team this season thanks to a coach and several players leaving the program. This guard and Pittsburgh recruit stepped into a larger leadership role and was also the leader of the team’s offense.
Impact: One of the Sentinels most experienced varsity players coming into the season, this guard was a confident ball-handler who used her shooting range to average a team-high 13.5 points per game. Was named Interstate Eight all-conference.
School: Downers Grove North
Impact: The unquestioned leader for North, the University of Indianapolis-bound guard was a stellar defender and put up big numbers across the board at 13.3 points, 9.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.6 steals per game.
Impact: Even at 5-foot-9, this guard had no qualms about getting physical with opponents. But the East Suburban Catholic all-conference selection had a well-rounded game and averaged over 14 points per game and hit 78 percent of her foul shots.
School: Downers Grove North
Impact: With a well-rounded offensive game, this 6-foot-1 guard led the Trojans in scoring at 15.9 points per game. The two-year varsity player was named West Suburban Silver all-conference.
School: Downers Grove South
Impact: This 5-foot-10 forward provided not only a physical inside presence for the Mustangs, but she was also a reliable scorer, a strong defender, both in the paint and on the perimeter, and provided veteran leadership for a team that skewed young.
Impact: This senior has been a mainstay on the court for the Indians throughout her high school career. This winter, Jerantowski led the team in scoring at around 10 points a game and also topped the squad in steals and assists.
School: Hinsdale South
Impact: This guard went from being a role player last season to being the Hornets’ top player this winter. Confident with the ball in her hands, she was just as comfortable spotting up from long range as grabbing a defensive rebound and going coast-to-coast for a layup.
School: Hinsdale Central
Impact: Central head coach Tom McKenna has coached eight all-state players in his career but calls Rush the best he has ever had. It’s easy to see why. The West Suburban Silver all-conference pick tallied 20.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.
Impact: Schramek was listed as a 6-foot forward on the roster, but hardly played like lone. A long-range threat who made more than 55 3-pointers this season, she averaged 15 points per game as the Redwings won a regional title.
Benet: Kathleen Doyle
Bolingbrook: Ryaen Johnson, Cierra Stanciel
Downers Grove North: Colleen Honn, Lauren Porcelli, Peyton Winters
Downers Grove South: Ava Porlier
Hinsdale Central: Abby Gurka, Madeleine Roglich, Emily Wasz
Hinsdale South: Mary Claire Ladd, Gennifer Simpson
Lemont: Marissa Dyer
Lisle: Sarah Mogensen
Westmont: AnneMarie Carlson, Hailey Lechelt