Here is the Voyager Media All-Area girls basketball team for the 2014-15 season. The squad was determined by the Voyager Media sports staff.
The Voyager Media Player of the Year from Benet tallied 13.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 182 assists and 98 steals.
As the leader of the Redwings full court press and fast break offense, this 5-9 junior point guard is highly recruited, with multiple offers from most of the major conferences. A versatile do-it-all point guard, she jumps center for the Redwings, leads her team in assists and steals, and is second in blocks and rebounds. During the state tourney she led the Wings in scoring, rebounds, and assists and was second in blocks and steals, converting on 46% of her 2FGs and 40% of three-point field goals.
JCA junior tallied 18.2 points per game, while grabbing 3.4 rebounds, dishing out 5.5 assists and averaging 4.1 steals per game. Ekhomu shot 60 percent from the field.
“Nicole is the top junior in the state,” said JCA coach Kenny Battle. “She is a big-time scorer and she can rebound with the best.”
Benet senior averaged 16.4 points per game, while having 79 assists, 55 three-pointers and 44 steals for the state champs. Shot 59 percent from two, 37 percent from three and 88 percent from the line.
Eshoo is a triple threat who can shoot from distance, make the mid-range pull up, or finish at the rim. Also a solid defender, Eshoo was second on the team in assists and first in FT attempts.
In three year varsity career tallied 1,383 points, 326 rebounds, 136 assists, while converting 85% of her FTs.
At 6-2, the Downers North junior possesses the height of a forward, yet she’s a point guard and gives foes fits because she can either beat defenders off the dribble or pull up for a three-pointer. Green, a three-year starter who verbally committed to Penn State earlier this year, led the Trojans in scoring at 17.4 points per game and averaged 6.6 rebounds. She was sidelined late in the year with a shin fracture and missed the postseason.
“She only continues to get better,” said Downers North coach Stephan Bolt. “I know she will be looking forward to stepping on the floor, confident to have success as a team for her senior year.”
The senior from Benet recorded 15 points and 5 rebounds per game. She also had 44 assists, 28 steals and 72 three-pointers for the state champs.
The six foot senior forward with unlimited range led both the ESCC and the high-scoring Redwings in three pointers made. Four-year varsity player is co-captain of the winningest team in Benet’s history.
Schramek is committed to Northern Michigan University.
Maine South coach Mark Smith described the senior guard—a three-year varsity player—as the heart and soul of the team. She was the Hawks’ leader in scoring (309 points; nearly 10 per game), rebounding (140), steals (77) and assists (92).
“That speaks to what she does every night: filling up stat sheet,” Smith said. “She’s humble and just worked tirelessly to become who she is.”
Anderson will be playing college basketball at Illinois Wesleyan University, where her father, Bill, played baseball.
Junior point guard from Joliet Central averaged 17 points, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
She was All-SouthWest Suburban Conference all conference and all-tournament at Romeoville
“Monica has been a great addition to our team, she is still learning the game and should have a better season next year,” said
Sophomore from JCA averaged 12 points per game, shooting 60 percent from the floor. She grabbed eight rebounds per game, while averaging 3.1 assists and 3.1 steals per game.
“She is the best big in the state and she is only a sophomore,” said coach Kenny Battle. “She is a team player and coach’s dream. She is a force on the glass, a shot blocker, a passer, a scorer and a game-changer.”
Plainfield North junior averaged 17 points per game in the season and 25 during regional play.
“She led us to the regional championship game for the first time in school history,” North coach Reggie Lemon said.
The senior and four-year varsity player led Downers South in scoring at 13.3 points per game and also helped a young Mustangs’ squad secure second place in the West Suburban Conference Gold Division.
“She is a great athlete and was such a fierce competitor,” said Downers South coach Lyndsie Long. “Ava contributed so much to our team this year both offensively and defensively. She will be missed tremendously.”
The lone returning starter from the 2013-14 Maine East team that won the CSL North title, Alba-Garner tallied 12.6 points per game, and averaged 7.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals. A three-year starter, Alba-Garner and her sister, Lauryn—who started as a sophomore and, like Janelle, was an All-CSL North selection—should give the Demons one of the most potent backcourt combos in the division next season.
“I think she did a really nice job,” said Maine East coach Karol Hanusiak. “She led team in every single category including rebounding. She was a workhorse this year. It was a whole year of everyone learning just to play without those kids (referring to the seniors on the 2013-14 team) and she found her role which was pretty much doing everything.”
Minooka junior averaged 12 points per game, shooting 59 percent from the field. Arlis grabbed 5.3 rebounds per game and had 107 assists this season. She was named the Most Valuable Player of the Southwest Prairie Conference.
“Sydney Arlis was the MVP of our conference because of all the positive things she does on the basketball court,” said coach Ray Liberatore. “Her defense and her decision making on the court are better than anyone I’ve ever coached. She’s a tremendous leader and because she’s such a hard worker, she will continue to get better.”
Plainfield South senior had 14.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 76 assists and 74 steals while leading Cougars to program record for wins. She set school records in career scoring, season scoring, points in a game, career assists and career steals.
“Tyler was a significant player for our team this year,” South coach Leah Carter said. “We were able to break many team and individual records because of her. She is a great defender and she is good at getting to the basket. Tyler provided our team with a lot of leadership this year and she contributed to every aspect of the game. Tyler strived every day in practice to make herself and her team better.
Romeoville sophomore point guard led the team with 10.5 points per game, 45 three-pointers and 111 assists. She also had 52 steals.
“This young lady really pushed herself this past off-season and the efforts paid off,” Romeoville coach Julio Carrasco said. “She developed into a true point guard seeing the floor and getting her teammates involved, leading the team in assists. Defensively she worked hard to get better and came in third in steals. The upside for this young lady is tremendous.”
Junior transferred in from DeKalb and averaged 10.2 points a game for Bolingbrook.
“She was our Energizer bunny,” said Bolingbrook coach Chris Smith. “She provided the spark both on the offensive and defensive standpoint and she handled the primary ball handling duties for us.”
Handy, a junior from Plainfield Central, is a three-year starter for the Wildcats. She finished the year with 14.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
“She was our leading scorer as well as leading the team in rebounds,” Central coach Jennifer Murphy said. “She is an amazing student-athlete who offers so much versatility to any team she plays on. She is definitely a Division I prospect as we are already receiving inquiries about her. I’m excited to see how her game will progress throughout the off-season as I know she will be at the top beginning her senior year.”
The senior guard, a native of Bosnia and Herzegovina, made the most of her one and only season playing at Niles West and for coach Tony Konsewicz. She averaged 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds while reaching double figures in 20 games for the Wolves, shooting 45 percent from the field and nearly 80 percent from the free-throw line.
“She works tremendously hard at her game and strives to be the best player she can be,” Konsewicz said. “She is a highly skilled player with a high basketball IQ. She totally gives of herself to her teammates to make them all better.”
A freshman from Romeoville, Smith was second on the team in scoring at 9.9 points per game and led the team in rebounds at 9.4. She added 48 steals and 27 blocks.
“This young lady impressed me this season,” Carrasco said. “Her attitude and work ethic is not freshman-like. She watches more film than any player I have ever coached. Her winning attitude and hard work helped contribute to the success the team had. Her competitive nature will be a driving force for the future of RHS basketball.”
Benet junior was key defensively for Benet during state-title run. She finished with 7.4 points, 82 assists and 77 steals for the Redwings.
During the tourney, she shot 63% FGs and 80% from the FT line, notching a career high 19 points in the regional championship, 13 in the sectional championship and 11 points and 9 rebounds in the state semifinal.
The 5-8 junior wing was often found doubling opponents in Benet’s full court pressure defense, or on the scoring end of a Kathleen Doyle assist in the Redwings fast break.
Opponents drove inside the paint on the Trojans’ senior forward at their own risk. She swatted away 423 shots during her three-year varsity career, and averaged a whopping 5.6 blocks per game this season to go along with averages of 7.3 rebounds and nearly 10 points a game.
“Peyton has been our rim protector for the last three years,” said Downers North coach Stephan Bolt. “She’s a fantastic shot blocker and has worked hard to become the player she is today. She will certainly be missed.”
-compiled by Voyager Media sports staff