Coaches Corner: Girls' basketball

Coaches Corner: Girls' basketball

When he checked in with girls’ basketball coaches in area conferences, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner switched a couple of the questions this year. Instead of asking for the best player in the conference, he asked which player from his league a coach would want to see with the ball in her hands with five seconds left in a game his team was losing by two points. Kroner also asked which conference player coaches would want defending such a player in that situation. The results, along with league-by-league team predictions, are below:

Big 12 Conference
(first-place votes in parentheses)
SCHOOL    PTS.
Centennial (9)    81
Normal West    72
Champaign Central    63
Danville    47
Bloomington    42
Normal Community    39
Eisenhower    31
Urbana    18
MacArthur    12

PLAYER FOR LAST SHOT
NAME, SCHOOL    YR.    VOTES
Katelynn Martinez, Centennial    Sr.    4
Laura Litchfield, Champaign Central    Sr.    3
Chantal Meacham, Centennial    Sr.    2

DEFENDER FOR FINAL SHOT
NAME, SCHOOL    YR.    VOTES
Michaela Jones, Danville    Jr.    3
Katelynn Martinez, Centennial    Sr.    3
Stacia Simmons, Centennial    Sr.    3
Chantal Meacham, Centennial    Sr.    1
Luci Weis, Normal Community    Sr.    1

Corn Belt Conference
SCHOOL    PTS.
Normal U-High (4)    60
Bloomington CC (4)    58
Pontiac    45
Prairie Central    45
Mahomet-Seymour    31
Eureka    28
Rantoul    18
Olympia    8

PLAYER FOR LAST SHOT
NAME, SCHOOL    YR.    VOTES
Molly McGraw, Bloomington CC    Jr.    3
Chante Stonewall, Normal U-High    Fr.    3
Danielle Davis, Bloomington CC    Sr.    1
Hannah Wascher, Rantoul    Sr.    1
Gabby Weber, Prairie Central    Sr.    1

DEFENDER FOR FINAL SHOT
NAME, SCHOOL    YR.    VOTES
Molly McGraw, Bloomington CC    Jr.    3
Michaela Balducci, Eureka    Sr.    2
Danielle Davis, Bloomington CC    Sr.    2
Chante Stonewall, Normal U-High    Fr.    2

East Central Illinois Conference
SCHOOL    PTS.
Decatur Lutheran (4)    46
Urbana Uni High (3)    45
Judah Christian    34
Christ Lutheran    22
Cornerstone    22
Normal Calvary    16
Decatur Christian    11

PLAYER FOR LAST SHOT
NAME, SCHOOL    YR.    VOTES
Emma Hoyer, Urbana Uni High    Sr.    4
Danielle Popis, Decatur Christian    So.    2
Brielle Henne, Decatur Lutheran    Jr.    1

DEFENDER FOR FINAL SHOT
NAME, SCHOOL    YR.    VOTES
Emma Hoyer, Urbana Uni High    Sr.    3
Hayley Salefski, Decatur Lutheran    Jr.    3
Julianne Morgan, Decatur Christian    So.    1

HEART OF ILLINOIS CONFERENCE
SCHOOL    PTS.
El Paso-Gridley (13)    169
Tremont    149
LeRoy    140
Heyworth    127
Flanagan/Cornell    114
Fieldcrest    99
Tri-Valley    85
Fisher    84
Ridgeview    84
Blue Ridge    44
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley    39
Lexington    35
Deer Creek-Mackinaw    14

PLAYER FOR LAST SHOT
NAME, SCHOOL    YR.    VOTES
Rebekah Ehresman, El Paso-Gridley    Jr.    12
Jamison Brandt, Blue Ridge    Jr.    1

DEFENDER FOR FINAL SHOT
NAME, SCHOOL    YR.    VOTES
Rebekah Ehresman, El Paso-Gridley    Jr.    5
Shannon Steffen, LeRoy    Sr.    4
Codee Schlipf, El Paso-Gridley    Jr.    2
Beth Mickna, Deer Creek-Mackinaw    Jr.    2

Little Okaw Valley Conference
SCHOOL    PTS.
Shiloh (5)    70
Arthur-Lovington /A-H (1)    65
Tri-County (1)    64
Villa Grove (1)    60
Arcola (1)    53
Heritage    33
Cerro Gordo    31
Okaw Valley    18
Martinsville    11

PLAYER FOR LAST SHOT
NAME, SCHOOL    YR.    VOTES
Lizzy Smith, Villa Grove    Sr.    5
Taylor Edwards, Arcola    So.    1
Amber Meyer, Tri-County    Sr.    1
Autumn Meyer, Tri-County    Sr.    1
Sierra Toner, Martinsville    Sr.    1

DEFENDER FOR FINAL SHOT
NAME, SCHOOL    YR.    VOTES
Taylor Edwards, Arcola    So.    4
Courtney Helm, Villa Grove    Sr.    2
Kyla Skinner, Tri-County    Sr.    1
Lizzy Smith, Villa Grove    Sr.    1
Desirae Westerfield, Heritage    Jr.    1

Okaw Valley Conference
SCHOOL    PTS.
Central A&M (11)    143
Clinton (1)    133
Maroa-Forsyth    112
Tuscola    111
Sullivan    91
Unity    81
Meridian    66
St. Teresa    64
Monticello    49
Argenta-Oreana    40
Warrensburg-Latham    34
Shelbyville    12

PLAYER FOR LAST SHOT
NAME, SCHOOL    YR.    VOTES
Kandie Bloch, Argenta-Oreana    Sr.    3
Sarah Bailey, Central A&M    Sr.    2
Genny Rose Stringer, Central A&M    Sr.    2
Haley Toohill, Clinton    Jr.    2
Haley Ginger, Clinton    So.    1
Taylor Jordan, Central A&M    So.    1
Erin Weaver, Tuscola    Sr.    1

DEFENDER FOR FINAL SHOT
NAME, SCHOOL    YR.    VOTES
Taylor Adcock, Central A&M    Sr.    3
Amber Miller, Tuscola    Sr.    2
Kandie Bloch, Argenta-Oreana    Sr.    1
Brenna Finck, Maroa-Forsyth    So.    1
Allie Heaton, Central A&M    Sr.    1
Morgan Hickman, Clinton    Sr.    1
Genny Rose Stringer, Central A&M    Sr.    1
Megan Tool, Clinton    So.    1
Erin Weaver, Tuscola    Sr.    1

Sangamon Valley Conference
SCHOOL    PTS.
St. Thomas More (8)    64
Watseka    54
St. Joseph-Ogden    45
Paxton-Buckley-Loda    41
Iroquois West    35
Cissna Park    25
Clifton Central    15
Momence    9

PLAYER FOR LAST SHOT
NAME, SCHOOL    YR.    VOTES
Devin Curry, Watseka    Jr.    5
Lexi Wallen, St. Thomas More    So.    2
Ashley Landis, St. Joseph-Ogden    Sr.    1
Amanda Ypya, Paxton-Buckley-Loda    Sr.    1

DEFENDER FOR FINAL SHOT
NAME, SCHOOL    YR.    VOTES
Randa Harshbarger, STM    Jr.    4
Kaitlyn Redeker, Cissna Park    Sr.    2
Courtney Conrad, Iroquois West    Sr.    1
Devin Curry, Watseka    Jr.    1
Ashley Landis, St. Joseph-Ogden    Sr.    1

Vermilion Valley Conference
SCHOOL    PTS.
Schlarman (4)    92
Armstrong-Potomac (4)    91
Georgetown-Ridge Farm (2)    83
Salt Fork    61
Westville    57
Bismarck-Henning    50
Oakwood    37
Milford    35
Hoopeston Area    32
Chrisman    12

PLAYER FOR LAST SHOT
NAME, SCHOOL    YR.    VOTES
Brittany Hay, Georgetown-RF    Jr.    7
Sierra Bell, Schlarman    Fr.    1
Kalyn Learnard, Salt Fork    So.    1
Erika Sieberns, Armstrong-P.    Sr.    1

DEFENDER FOR FINAL SHOT
NAME, SCHOOL    YR.    VOTES
Kirsten Newnum, Armstrong-P.    Sr.    3
Callan Hall, Georgetown-RF    Sr.    2
Brittany Hay, Georgetown-RF    Jr.    2
Lexy Terry, Oakwood    Jr.    1
Golene Thrush, Milford    Sr.    1
Morgan Zindars, Armstrong-P.    Jr.    1
 

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