2013 girls basketball All-area team

by Steven E. Fitch, Matteson, IL

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The Associated Press released its Class 3A and Class 4A All-State teams last Wednesday. There were some surprises to say the least. When a bunch of voters based in different areas of the state are unable to see several teams and players, the final selections can be somewhat head-scratching. One notable surprise came from our coverage area, in which Hillcrest senior, Dana Gettis, was NOT named to Class 3A first or second team. Gettis did everything for Hillcrest this season - she averaged 20.2 points, 5.9 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists in her senior year. You won't find many players in the state with her numbers.

Then you have Morgan Park and Rich South, who didn't have a single member on the all-state teams. In addition, Joliet Catholic freshman Nicole Ekhomu joined Gettis as an honorable mention pick. Ekhomu's career should be filled with many awards and accomplishments.

But as we know, voting isn't an inexact science that produces a wide range of results. Well, we tried to go through our coverage area with a magnifying glass... Whew, this is what we came up with...

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Here is our All-Area Amateur Sports Team (alpha order):

Leah Bolton, Marist, (Sr.)

Kennedy Cattenhead, Bolingbrook, (Sr.)

Nicole Ekhomu, Joliet Catholic (Fr.)

Dana Gettis, Hillcrest, (Sr.)

Bria Gaines, Bloom (Sr.)

Linnae Harper, Young (Sr.)

Jasmine Lumpkin, Joliet Catholic (Jr.)

Ashton Millender, Marian Catholic, (Jr.)

Teniya Page Marian Catholic, (So.)

JeTaun Rouse, Marist (Sr.)

Diamond Beatty, Tinley, (Sr.)

Kierra Graves, Morgan Park (Sr.)

Ashley Henry, Crete, (Jr.)

Khaalia Hillsman, Young, (Jr.)

Marsha Howard, Crete-Monee (So.)

Malayna Johnson, Montini (Sr.)

Sydni Johnson, H-F, (Sr.)

Khadaizha Sanders, Bishop McNamara (So.)

Kateri Stone, Montini (Jr.)

Tierra Webb, Rich South, (So.)
Tristan Anderson, Morgan Park (Sr.)

LaTondra Brooks, Oak Lawn, (Jr.)

Martha Burse, Kankakee, (Jr.,)

Amarah Coleman, Bolingbrook, (Jr.)

Shami Goodman, Morgan Park, (Jr.)

Bhrea Griffin, Morgan Park (Jr.)

Tianna Karopulos, Andrew, (Sr.)

Alyssa Siwek, Mother McAuley, (Sr.)

Amari Parham (Rich East)

Ashley Weringa, Lincoln-Way North, (Sr.)


Here is AP's Class 3A and 4A Illinois girls basketball all-state teams, as voted on by a statewide panel of sports writers and broadcasters and compiled by John Radtke of the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald.


Jasmine Lumpkin, Joliet Catholic (Jr., F, 86)

Sarah Livingston, Morton (Sr., F, 78)

Kassidy Gengenbacher, Quincy Notre Dame (Sr., G, 65)

Khadaizha Sanders, Bishop McNamara (So., G, 61)


Justice Collins, Springfield Southeast (Sr., G, 55)

Malayna Johnson, Montini (Sr., C, 53)

Rachel Konieczki, Rockford Lutheran (Sr., G, 41)

Katelynn Martinez, Champaign Centennial (Sr., G, 39)

Kateri Stone, Montini (Jr., G, 38)

HONORABLE MENTION: Kate Byrne (Morton, Jr., 6-0 G), Dana Gettis (Hillcrest, Sr., 5-9 G), Abby Horn (Herrin, Sr., 6-1 F/C), Martha Burse (Kankakee, Jr., 5-7 G), Sydney Smith (Vernon Hills, Jr., 5-10 G), Meri Bennett-Swanson (Vernon Hills, Sr., 6-2 C), Lauren Webb (Vernon Hills, Jr., 6-0 G), Jessica Lieber (Galesburg, Sr., 5-4 G), Kymber Hill (Belleville Althoff, Sr., 6-3 C), Molly McGraw (Bloomington Central Catholic, Jr., 5-9 F), Nicole Ekhomu (Joliet Catholic, Fr., 5-5 G)


Linnae Harper, Young (Sr., G, 85 points)

Emmonie Henderson, Edwardsville (Sr., F, 80)

JeTaun Rouse, Marist (Sr., G, 74)

Jacqui Grant, Maine South (Sr., C, 57)

Alexis Glasgow, Rolling Meadows (Jr., G, 53)

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Bria Gaines, Bloom (Sr., C, 52)

Kortney Dunbar, Edwardsville (Jr., G, 39)

Jackie Kemph, Rolling Meadows (Jr., G, 38)

Meghan Waldron, Wheaton South (Jr., G, 36)

Olivia Elger, Peoria Richwoods (So., G, 36)

HONORABLE MENTION: Shavonne Brewer (Rock Island, Sr., 5-5 G), Nikia Edom (Plainfield East, Sr., 5-6 G), Ashton Williams (Springfield, Sr. 5-10 G), Jessica Cerda (Streamwood, Sr., 5-8 G/F), Sam Andrews (Huntley, Jr., 6-0 F), Ali Andrews (Huntley, Fr., 6-2 F), Haley Gorecki (Fremd, So., 6-0 G), Olivia Jakubicek (Cary-Grove, Sr., 5-10 F/G), Ashley McConnell (Fremd, Sr., 5-9 G), Ashton Millender (Marian Catholic, Jr., 5-10 G), Lena Munzer (Highland Park, Sr., 5-9 G), Christen Prasse (Benet, Sr., 5-10 G), Destinee Young (Hoffman Estates, Sr., 6-0 G/F).

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