Kellar, North hang on for win; Magrum's team loses 3A/4A game
BLOOMINGTON – When Ana Deters was assessing her collegiate future, she had her pick of sports and schools.
Her decision provided only a temporary solution.
The recent Unity High graduate selected Kankakee Community College for basketball.
"I felt more comfortable with a two-year school, so I'll have choices after two years," Deters said.
She was one of three area athletes who participated in the annual Illinois Basketball Coaches Association all-star girls' basketball game Saturday at Illinois Wesleyan University's Shirk Center.
After her first practice with the 1A/2A South team, Deters was a bit wide-eyed.
"I was like, 'Wow. They're really good. Why was I asked here,' " she said.
Her role was on the boards. Deters was one of six South players with at least five rebounds in a game the North scored the first seven points and made it hold up in a 76-68 victory.
Deters said picking a sport was easier than a school.
"I enjoyed basketball a lot more and realized maybe basketball is where I should be," she said.
Area Player of the Year Hannah Ohl, from Bismarck-Henning, scored seven points for the South. She tied for third on the team in scoring. Deters added two points.
Ohl's three-pointer with 4:07 remaining trimmed the South's deficit to 73-64, the first time her team was within 10 points during the final 20 minutes. The North led by as many as 23 points in the second half.
Ohl, a Parkland College recruit, said the early portion of the game was ragged because, "no one knew what anyone else could do."
Ohl was one of the South starters and overall played nearly 18 minutes. All 30 of the elite players in the game were guaranteed 14 minutes on the court.
Ridgeview's Lauren Kellar, who started for the North, scored six points. She was 2 for 4 on three-point shots.
Only one player – North MVP Katie Yohn, from Elgin St. Edward – made more three-pointers. Yohn, a Bradley University recruit, was 3 for 6 from long range and hit a game-high 16 points.
"I wanted to go out with a win in my final basketball game," said Kellar, who will play softball next year at Illinois State University.
She was concerned how she'd fare. Unlike Ohl, who said, "I've been doing workouts every day," Kellar has played very little basketball since Ridgeview placed third in the Class 1A state tournament in February.
"I've been busy with my summer softball travel team (BNGSA Avanti's Angels)," said Kellar, who returns to the diamond today in Moline.
She fit right in for her basketball finale.
"I'd never played with any of these girls, but when you have great players, they make it easy to play," Kellar said.
Ohl won't be shedding any tears about playing her final game under high school rules.
"I'm excited for the shot clock," she said.
3A/4A game. University of Illinois recruit Kersten Magrum, a 6-foot-1 forward from Lincoln-Way East, scored five points as the 3A/4A South lost 75-64.