Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball

Colin's Best Of The Bunch: March 20, 2018

This week's Best of the Bunch, with preps coordinator Colin Likas, offers props to athletes from Urbana, Monticello, Champaign Central, Georgetown-Ridge Farm, Chrisman and St. Thomas More.

Prep pulse | March 19

Our winter All-Area coverage is off and running.

In Sunday's News-Gazette, readers could see our All-Area girls' basketball package. It was headlined by Schlarman junior Anaya Peoples, who repeated as Player of the Year after keying the Hilltoppers to the first state championship in program history.

2018 All-Area girls' basketball | Meet the first team

Capria Brown

G, So., Schlarman

2018 N-G girls' basketball Coach of the Year | Schlarman's Keith Peoples

Why he's Coach of the Year: Along with his trusty quartet of assistants — Jerry O'Neal, Ollie Harrison, David Gouard Jr. and LaTana Lillard — as well as his "personal head and assistant coaches" in wife Tricia and son Keison, Peoples spurred the Hilltoppers to previously unseen heights.

N-G Final Top 10 | 2018 girls' basketball


1. Schlarman 33-1: History was made at Redbird Arena when coach Keith Peoples' Hilltoppers captured the Class 1A state championship, the first title in program history.

2. Monticello 23-5: Coach Dave Beery's Sages ran into Class 2A state runner-up Chicago Harlan in the super-sectional round to cap an impressive season.

All-Conference, All-County Teams | 2018 Girls' Basketball


(x — unaminous)

First Team

SENIORS — Kaelyn Froebe (Lincoln); Paige Swango (Charleston)

JUNIORS — Carsyn Fearday (Effingham); Miranda Fox (Effingham); Natalie Snyder (Taylorville)

FRESHMAN — Shae Littleford (Charleston)

Second Team

SENIORS — Erin Lenschow (Mahomet-Seymour); Ashlyn MacDonald (Mattoon)

All-Area Girls' Basketball 2018

Members of the News-Gazette's All-Area Girls' Basketball team at the Richard T. Ubben Basketball Complex Sunday, March 11, 2018, on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign.

Final Area Statistics | 2018 girls' basketball


Player, School FG FT TP AVG HG

Hall, Danville 216 114 542 19.4 36

Meidel, BHRA 242 115 610 19.1 33

Young, Oakwood 236 113 574 19.1 42

Holloman, VG/H 168 93 466 17.9 31

Myers, Monticello 164 107 495 17.7 31

Trimble, SJ-O 216 88 532 17.7 22

Cramer, Watseka 191 109 556 17.4 44

Tilstra, IWest 182 92 452 17.3 35

Meet the 2018 N-G girls' basketball Player of the Year | Schlarman's Anaya Peoples

DANVILLE — Anaya Peoples constantly seems happy. And she is. Really.

It's not always the case for high school students, going through the challenges associated with growing up and preparing for life beyond the bubble they've often occupied for a majority of their lives.

N-G All-Area Teams | 2018 girls' basketball

All-Area First Team


Capria Brown 5-9 G So. Schlarman

Mikala Hall 5-7 G Sr. Danville

Tatum McCall 5-6 G Sr. Monticello

Emily Meidel 5-11 G So. BHRA

Zanna Myers 5-8 G Sr. Monticello

Janiah Newell 5-5 G Jr. Schlarman

Anaya Peoples 5-11 G Jr. Schlarman