ANTIOCH – Who scores 45 points in one game? Well, LeBron James of the Miami Heat might do it. How about Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder? He could dothis. And of course, Antioch High School's Paige Gallimore did this year against state power Fenwick.
A season ago, Gallimore was a point guard for 17-game winner Antioch. This season, she turned into a major scorer for the best Antioch team in a generation. For her startling performance, Gallimore is the Lake County Suburban Life girls basketball player of the year.
For her season, the 5-foot-6 guard averaged 23.3 points a game. She shot 45 percent from the floor and 73 percent from the free throw line. Those 45 points against Fenwick was a school record.
"This year, she took advantage of the experience she gained playing point guard and applied it towards her play this year,'' said Antioch coach Tim Borries. "Paige helped the Sequoits to their most successful season in 25 years."
Gallimore was still under the radar until her team went to play in some early-season tournaments. At the Lisle Tournament, she broke records. She had a 39-point game which was a tourney record. Her scoring average in the tournament (27.5) was also a record.
"Paige's desire, determination and fight are what set her apart from other players, Borries said. "Those three attributes are what made her the player she is today."
No team was able to slow Gallimore down this year. She scored in double figures in every one of Antioch's games. In 17 games, she scored 20 or more points. Six times she scored at least 30 points. Antioch was also in the Niles North tournament this year and Gallimore was the MVP of that event.
Now comes the word that she will continue her playing days at Roosevelt University.
If Gallimore is the player of the year, there are plenty of candidates right behind her. Carmel Catholic had a terrific year because of the play of softball star, Kathleen Felicelli. At the Warren Tournament, she nailed a three-pointer from 75 feet out. Her solid jump shot was key for Carmel. Cassidy Kloss went quietly went about her business. In the meantime, she could burn a team with 3-pointers. Leah Lach was a solid as she could be.
Gallimore had help from the freshman twins named Amy and Ashley Reiser. Keep an eye out for these girls as they will be very good. Alexis Duehr is another young Sequoits player who will again make this Antioch team a contender.
Both Grayslake squads had winning records. Grayslake Central's best player was the versatile Morgan Dahlstrom who could burn a foe from inside and outside. Carson Sparkman had a solid senior season. Sophomore Quinn Garbett bears watching.
At North, clearly both outside shooter, Kendall Detweiler and inside threat Brittney Thibeaux had outstanding seasons. Maggie Fish had a strong campaign as well for the Knights.
Now Warren didn't have a strong season but had help from Kristan O'Brien and freshman Rebekah Foley. Kylie Nedelka and Hailey Leinart also stood out. Wauconda's star was Lauren Nee. Grant had the one-two punch of Kaylie Kanzler and Jasmine Sangster. Lakes was helped by the play of Sam Ney. Brooke Gunderson joined with Abby Kirchoff to lead the Fillies of Barrington. Justice Clark stood out for Round Lake.