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

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

Capria Brown

G, So., Schlarman

WHY SHE MADE IT: The Hilltoppers' bona fide No. 2 scoring option averaged 13.9 points while adding 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.6 steals per tilt. The Associated Press all-state second-team honoree and two-time N-G All-Area first-team selection holds offers from Marshall, Xavier, DePaul, Northern Kentucky and Wichita State.

A FEW OF MY FAVORITES: I need concert tickets to see Chris Brown. ... Before I compete, I eat chocolate chip granola bars. ... In my dream career, I would like to play in the WNBA. ... My favorite subject to study in school is history. ... My favorite athlete is Kyrie Irving. ... My favorite TV show is "SpongeBob SquarePants." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick LeBron James, Barack Obama and Dawson Dean.

THREE ITEMS ON MY BUCKET LIST: Going to college and winning the NCAA tournament, going professional and going to Germany.

Tatum McCall

G, Sr., Monticello

WHY SHE MADE IT: As primary ballhandler for the Sages, McCall did plenty more than average a team-best 4.7 assists per contest. The two-time N-G All-Area first-team choice also threw down 14.7 points per game and hauled in 4.8 boards per tilt in helping Monticello to a Class 2A super-sectional berth.

A FEW OF MY FAVORITES: I need concert tickets to see Bruno Mars. ... Before I compete, I eat nothing. ... In my dream career, I would be in sports business. ... My favorite subject to study in school is English. ... My favorite athlete is Steph Curry. ... My favorite TV show is "The Voice." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Bruno Mars, Blake Shelton and Rebel Wilson.

THREE ITEMS ON MY BUCKET LIST: Do a color run, go to Bora Bora and scuba dive.

Emily Meidel

G, So., Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin

WHY SHE MADE IT: On a defensive-minded squad, Meidel stood out for averaging a small-school-leading 19.1 points as the Blue Devils' only losses came to foes with a combined 112-12 record. Meidel also averaged 6.4 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game.

A FEW OF MY FAVORITES: I need concert tickets to see Lauren Daigle. ... Before I compete, I eat something like grilled cheese or cheese and crackers. ... In my dream career, I would teach second grade. ... My favorite subject to study in school is algebra. ... My favorite athlete is Kevin Durant. ... My favorite TV show is "The Flash." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Jesus, Michael Jordan and Joanna Gaines.

THREE ITEMS ON MY BUCKET LIST: Go to Australia, go parasailing and go to New York.

Anaya Peoples

G, Jr., Schlarman

WHY SHE MADE IT: The two-time News-Gazette Player of the Year, three time Associated Press all-state first-team choice and three-time N-G All-Area first-team pick dazzled again this season en route to a state crown with her Hilltopper teammates. The Notre Dame commit averaged 16.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 4.7 steals while not playing half of many regular-season affairs.

A FEW OF MY FAVORITES: I need concert tickets to see Beyonce. ... Before I compete, I eat ice and a peanut butter sandwich, light on the jelly. ... In my dream career, I would get to work with kids. ... My favorite subject to study in school is anatomy. ... My favorite athlete is Skylar Diggins-Smith. ... My favorite TV show is "The Proud Family." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick my future self, my past self and my grandma who passed away.

THREE ITEMS ON MY BUCKET LIST: Go out of the country, travel to all 50 states and give $100 to a lemonade stand.

Katelyn Young

F/C, So., Oakwood

WHY SHE MADE IT: A two-time N-G All-Area first-team choice in just her second high school campaign, Young proved a force both inside and beyond the paint. She averaged 18.9 points while shooting 60 percent from the field and providing 8.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 3.0 steals for the 26-4 Comets.

A FEW OF MY FAVORITES: I need concert tickets to see Russ. ... Before I compete, I eat any kind of pasta. ... In my dream career, I would be a physical therapist. ... My favorite subject to study in school is science. ... My favorite athlete is Skylar Diggins-Smith. ... My favorite TV show is "Full House." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Beyonce, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal.

THREE ITEMS ON MY BUCKET LIST: Skydiving, white-water rafting and visiting the Grand Canyon.

Mikala Hall

G, Sr., Danville

WHY SHE MADE IT: The Southern Illinois-Edwardsville signee pushed the Vikings into the Associated Press' Class 4A top 10 during the early portions of a season that ended in the regional semifinals. The three-time N-G All-Area first-team pick averaged an area-best 19.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.7 assists for a 19-9 Danville unit.

A FEW OF MY FAVORITES: I need concert tickets to see SZA. ... Before I compete, I eat a Snickers. ... In my dream career, I would be a doctor in sports medicine or a WNBA player. ... My favorite subject to study in school is AP calculus. ... My favorite athlete is Kyrie Irving. ... My favorite TV show is "Teen Titans Go!" ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick my grandpa (who died last year), future Mikala and Jesus.

THREE ITEMS ON MY BUCKET LIST: Win a championship, swim with wild pigs in Exuma and visit every place my black ancestors went.

Zanna Myers

G, Sr., Monticello

WHY SHE MADE IT: This high-energy, N-G All-Area first-team selection keyed the 23-5 Sages at both ends of the floor. Myers averaged a team-best 17.7 points per game while dragging down a squad-leading 5.9 rebounds as well — not to mention throwing in 2.8 assists per game.

A FEW OF MY FAVORITES: I need concert tickets to see Post Malone. ... Before I compete, I eat chocolate ice cream. ... In my dream career, I would be in sports management or business finance. ... My favorite subject to study in school is any math course. ... My favorite athlete is Steph Curry. ... My favorite TV show is "Riverdale" or "Criminal Minds." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Post Malone, Zac Efron and President Taft.

THREE ITEMS ON MY BUCKET LIST: Swimming with dolphins, go to Tokyo and go to the Grand Canyon.

Janiah Newell

G, Jr., Schlarman

WHY SHE MADE IT: She might stand just 5-foot-6, but Newell grew into a major role for the Class 1A state champions. As Schlarman's point guard, Newell averaged 10 points and 2.1 assists while scoring 15 and 17 points, respectively, in state semifinal and title games.

A FEW OF MY FAVORITES: I need concert tickets to see Drake. ... Before I compete, I chew gum. ... In my dream career, I would work with kids. ... My favorite subject to study in school is history. ... My favorite athlete is LeBron James. ... My favorite TV show is "Criminal Minds." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Michael Jackson, Drake and Martin Luther King Jr.

THREE ITEMS ON MY BUCKET LIST: Travel the world, have a pet tiger and go overseas.

Cassie Russo

F, Sr., Tuscola

WHY SHE MADE IT: A stellar post player for the 22-5 Warriors, Russo averaged 12.1 points and 10.0 rebounds while also posting 3.7 steals and 2.0 assists. Four of Russo's 15 double-doubles came against Class 1A state semifinalist Okaw Valley, 2A super-sectional qualifier Monticello and 1A sectional champions Ridgeview and Tri-County.

A FEW OF MY FAVORITES: I need concert tickets to see Halsey. ... Before I compete, I eat Jimmy John's. ... In my dream career, I would be in crime scene investigation. ... My favorite subject to study in school is biology. ... My favorite athlete is Jonathan Toews. ... My favorite TV show is "Grey's Anatomy." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi and John F. Kennedy.

THREE ITEMS ON MY BUCKET LIST: Skydiving, swimming with sharks and traveling the world.

Bree Trimble

G, Jr., St. Joseph-Ogden

WHY SHE MADE IT: Amid tallying her 1,000th career point, Trimble played a huge role in the Spartans zipping to a Class 2A sectional final. Trimble averaged 17.7 points per game along with 7.4 rebounds to form a potent 1-2 punch with junior teammate Peyton Crowe.

A FEW OF MY FAVORITES: I need concert tickets to see Wiz Khalifa. ... Before I compete, I eat grilled cheese. ... In my dream career, I would become a police officer. ... My favorite subject to study in school is English. ... My favorite athlete is LeBron James. ... My favorite TV show is "Shameless." ... If I could have dinner with any three people from any time period, I would pick Justin Bieber, Ellen DeGeneres and Snoop Dogg.

THREE ITEMS ON MY BUCKET LIST: Win a state championship, go snorkeling and go to Fiji.

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