36th All-Area Girls' Basketball: Meet the first team

36th All-Area Girls' Basketball: Meet the first team

Kandie Bloch
Argenta-Oreana, Senior, Forward

The numbers: UI track and field recruit is a repeat selection who led the area in scoring (26.0 per-game average) this season (10 games over 30 points) and averaged a double-double for the fourth year in a row (with 10.6 rebounds). Second in school history with 2,109 career points, third with 1,111 career rebounds and first in career steals (335).
Favorite college athlete: Meyers Leonard
Favorite entertainer: Beyonce
Favorite class: English
Favorite movie: “Love & Basketball”
Favorite store: Von Maur
Favorite fast-food joint: Dairy Queen
Favorite car: 2011 Camaro
Pet peeve: People chewing with their mouths open
My first job was: Babysitting
I’m always texting: My best friend, Katlyn Gibson
Three things on my bucket list: Go to the Olympics for the high jump, go skydiving and go to Hawaii

Chelsea Cross
Centennial, Senior, Forward

The numbers: Truman State University basketball recruit is a repeat selection. A three-year team captain, she amassed 1,464 career points, 924 career rebounds, 310 career assists, 265 career steals and 202 career blocks. This season, she averaged team-high 11.9 points and 6.5 rebounds for a 30-4 team that lost in the 3A sectional finals.
Favorite college athlete: Skylar Diggins
Favorite entertainer: Kevin Hart
Favorite class: Anatomy and physiology
Favorite movie: “Finding Nemo”
Favorite store: Charlotte Russe
Favorite fast-food joint: McDonald’s
Favorite car: An all-black Range Rover
Pet peeve: When people stare at me
My first job was: Concession stand worker at the Champaign Park District
I’m always texting: Jalen Anderson
Three things on my bucket list: Parasailing, go to the Bahamas and swimming with the dolphins

Devin Curry
Watseka, Junior, Guard

The numbers: Third-year varsity starter averaged 17.1 points (sixth in the area) and an area-best 6.2 assists for a 26-7 team that lost in the 2A sectional finals. Made an area-best 78.8 percent of her free throws (115 of 146) and also hit 62 three-pointers (third in area). Averaged 4.2 rebounds per game and drew 13 charges.
Favorite college athlete: Skylar Diggins
Favorite entertainer: Luke Bryan
Favorite class: Health
Favorite movie: “Pitch Perfect”
Favorite store: Dick’s Sporting Goods
Favorite fast-food joint: Avanti’s
Favorite car: My Cobalt SS
Pet peeve: When people make fun of me because I’m afraid of E.T.
My first job was: Filing clerk at physician’s office
I’m always texting: Daniel Koehn
Three things on my bucket list: Go to Italy, coach basketball and help my brother and sister have as much success on the court as I did

Randa Harshbarger
St. Thomas More, Junior, Guard

The numbers: Repeat selection. Area Player of the Year an all-state first-teamer by The Associated Press and IBCA. Has scored 1,187 points (second in school history) while playing for teams that were 77-20. This season, she set school records for steals (186) and assists (145) for a team that compiled a school-record 16-game winning streak. Holds career steals record (462).
Favorite college athlete: Joseph Bertrand
Favorite entertainer: Luke Bryan
Favorite class: Mathematics
Favorite movie: “Coach Carter”
Favorite store: American Eagle
Favorite fast-food joint: McDonald’s
Favorite car: My Jeep with the eyelashes
Pet peeve: People touching my face
My first job was: Babysitting
I’m always texting: Nick Hess, the boyfriend
Two things on my bucket list: Play college basketball and go to Bora Bora

Laura Litchfield
Champaign Central, Senior, Guard

The numbers: Averaged 17.6 points (fifth in the area), 5.5 rebounds, 4.4 steals (tied for fourth in the area) and 4.1 assists (tied for seventh in the area) per game as a senior. Showed her all-around skills in a game against Class 4A Rockford Auburn, registering 27 points, 12 rebounds, 11 steals and eight assists.
Favorite college athlete: Otto Porter Jr.
Favorite entertainer: Lecrae
Favorite class: English
Favorite movie: “Silver Linings Playbook”
Favorite store: Foot Locker
Favorite fast-food joints: I try not to eat it, but when I do I go to Steak ‘n Shake or Chipotle
Favorite car: Dodge Charger
Pet peeve: When people leave hair in the drain
My first job was: Detasseling corn
I’m always texting: Friends
Three things on my bucket list: Meet President Barack Obama, travel to Africa and dunk on a 10-foot rim

Katelynn Martinez
Centennial, Senior, Guard

The numbers: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville basketball recruit is a repeat selection and was an all-state second-teamer on The Associated Press Class 3A team. Averaged 9.8 points, 3.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals as a senior, her second year as team captain. Career totals of 1,183 points, 508 rebounds, 418 assists and 405 steals.
Favorite college athlete: Trey Burke
Favorite entertainer: Drake
Favorite class: Mathematics
Favorite movie: “She’s the Man”
Favorite store: Nike Outlet
Favorite fast-food joint: Panera Bread
Favorite car: Denali
Pet peeve: When I am talking and someone interrupts me
My first job was: Gatorade
I’m always texting: Hannah Wascher
Three things on my bucket list: Run a marathon, go to a different country and play basketball overseas

Tori McCoy
St. Thomas More, Freshman, Center

The numbers: IBCA all-state first-teamer set a school record for single-season rebounds (305) as well as the most offensive rebounds in a season (132). Had a school-record 19 double-doubles, including six in a row, and shared the team lead in scoring (with Randa Harshbarger) at 15.1 for 2A state runner-up team that was 32-3 and set a school mark for total wins in a season.
Favorite college athlete: Anthony Davis
Favorite entertainer: Channing Tatum
Favorite class: Biology
Favorite movie: “The Lost Boys”
Favorite store: American Eagle
Favorite fast-food joint: Panda Express
Favorite car: Bentley
Pet peeve: When people talk too much
My first job was: Working at a camp
I’m always texting: Airiana Smith

Stacia Simmons
Centennial, Senior, Guard

The numbers: Repeat selection will attend Southern Mississippi. Bounced back from a season-ending ACL injury suffered in the regionals of her junior year to finish with 1,295 career points, 320 career steals, 303 career rebounds and 280 career assists. As a senior, team captain averaged 10.0 points, 2.4 steals, 2.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists for a 30-4 team that was ranked as high as second in Class 3A.
Favorite college athletes: Skylar Diggins and Megan Simmons
Favorite entertainer: Kevin Hart
Favorite class: Spanish
Favorite movie: “Coach Carter”
Favorite store: Wet Seal
Favorite fast-food joint: Wonderdogs
Favorite car: Camaro
Pet peeve: Bad breath
My first job was: At Savoy 16
I’m always texting: Austin Saathoff
Three things on my bucket list: Go to Jamaica, go skydiving and go waveboarding

Lexi Wallen
St. Thomas More, Sophomore, Forward

The numbers: Two-year starter for teams that were 59-9 has 1,070 career points (fifth on school’s all-time list). Shared team lead in scoring (with Tori McCoy) at 15.1 on the Class 2A state runner-up team. Had seven double-doubles. IBCA all-state first-teamer made 50.4 percent of her field goal attempts this season.
Favorite college athlete: Joseph Bertrand
Favorite entertainer: Justin Bieber
Favorite class: Spanish
Favorite movie: “Safe Haven”
Favorite store: J.Crew
Favorite fast-food joint: Taco Bell
Favorite car: Black Range Rover
Pet peeve: When people chew on ice
My first job was: Babysitting
I’m always texting: A group message between Grace Lamb, Liz Bristow, Hannah Murray and Emma Asklund
Three things on my bucket list: Learn how to play an instrument, travel to Europe and meet Justin Bieber

Hannah Wascher
Rantoul, Senior, Center

The numbers: Parkland College recruit, who will major in accounting, was second in area in scoring (23.1) and third in rebounding (12.7). Averaged 3.2 blocks per game. Finished with a school-record 1,824 points. Scored in double figures in all but one game as a senior, and hit at least 20 points in 20 of 29 games.
Favorite college athlete: Joseph Bertrand
Favorite entertainer: Luke Bryan
Favorite class: Psychology
Favorite movie: “Love & Basketball”
Favorite store: American Eagle
Favorite fast-food joint: Subway
Favorite car: Cobalt SS
Pet peeve: People asking the same question multiple times
My first job was: Scorekeeper
I’m always texting: Katelynn Martinez
Three things on my bucket list: Visit the Eiffel Tower, go scuba diving and swim with dolphins








 

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