By Kaleb Carter
Each week, I’ll be highlighting the best team and individual performances from around the state that stood out in girls basketball. It could be a state record, an amazing highlight or anything in between.
Stats are critical to highlight these players and teams. Get in touch to submit a girls team or player at any point during the 2021-22 season. I can be reached at KalebCarter4256@gmail.com or on Twitter @Kaleb_M_Carter.
Editor’s note: Records are accurate through Sunday, December 26.
Put up 26 points and was named Libertyfille all-tournament team after a 46-41 win over Wheeling.
Scored 18 points in a 51-34 win over Streamwood.
Cougars finish 4th at the Libertyville Tournament with a 46-41 win over Wheeling. Koepke with 26 points and named All-Tournament. Barszcz 11 pts, Huse, Sear and Zahnow round out the scoring. pic.twitter.com/GYSsoXe6hq— VHGirlsHoops (@VH_GBK) December 24, 2021
Drilled eight three-pointers and scored 34 points in a 59-38 win over Yorkville Christian.
So someone tied her school record for made 3’s in a single game tonight with (8). Finishing with 34.💪@KennedyHartwig2 pic.twitter.com/LbCMnYZlEW— HoopMedic -Russel Deverteuil (@Hoopmedic) December 23, 2021
Scored 33 points, grabbed 20 rebounds, blocked 5 shots, added 2 assists and 2 steals in a loss to Valmeyer.
The Eastern Illinois signee scored 27 points with 12 rebounds and 4 blocks in a 50-35 win over Dunlap.
Brimfield 50 Dunlap 35. Ella Lune 27 points 12 rebounds, Sophie Bedell 11 pts 8 rebounds, Elynn Peterson 9 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 pts 3 steals, Elly Doe 8 points. State Farm Classic starts next week (12/27-12/3012with El Paso-Gridley at 9:30 pm at Normal Community High school.— @Brimfield Lady Indians (@brimfield_lady) December 22, 2021
Scored 24 with 9 rebounds and 7 assists versus Flanagan.
Contributed 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists against Cumberland and made the all-tournament team at ALAH’s Holiday Tournament.
The Mt. Zion Braves finish in second place of the Knights Holiday Classic Tournament with a 3-1 record in the tournament and fell to the Knights 54-37. Denver Anderson led the Braves with 14 points and was named to the All-Tournament Team along with teammate Abby Scharf.— Blake Faith (@BFaith0024) December 24, 2021
Scored 24 points — 19 in the first half — against previously unbeaten Naperville North in a 71-61 Benet victory. She shot 9-of-14 from the floor.
Teammate Lenee Beaumont scored 23 with 5 assists and 4 steals in the Redwings win. Benet ended the Huskies’ 20-game win streak.
Chicago Tribune story on Sularski.
Scored 30 with 11 rebounds in a 73-39 win over Elverado/Zeigler-Royalton.
Scored 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting with 9 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks in a 50-25 win over Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg.
Posted 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting with 10 rebounds and 6 steals in a 52-25 victory over Sullivan.
Put up 19 points and made 11-of-12 free throws with 14 rebounds in a 54-37 win over Mt. Zion.
Shot 19-of-25 in three games, helping her team move to 14-1 and win the Knights Classic.
Scored 27 and added 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks in a 55-43 win over St. Bede.
Scored 21 points in a 53-38 win over Newark.
Put up 18 points in a 47-20 victory against Illinois Valley Central.
The Hawks (9-2) grabbed noteworthy victories at the Grow The Game Tournament & Shootout: 62-38 against Lyons Township and 66-63 over Edwardsville.
Kira Chivers and Le’lani Harris led the way, with Harris scoring 22 in the win over Lyons. Chivers was MVP of the Lyons win with 15 points.
The Eagles defeated (11-2) Naperville North 74-65, led by Josie Canellis’ 25 points. Charlotte Trunk added 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Defeated Cary-Grove (50-17) and then Conant (45-28) in the title game of the Wildcats’ home tournament. Emily Fisher led the Wildcats (13-5) with 15 points and 6 blocks against Cary-Grove.
Moving to 17-0 this past week with wins over Seneca (54-24) and Princeton (57-25), the Knights won the St. Bede Christmas Classic. According to MaxPreps, they have more wins than any team in the state.
The Redbirds handed Dixon its second loss of the season, winning a 29-22 defensive battle. They also beat Ottawa 37-16 to win the Ottawa Holiday Tournament. Kayla Pacha was its MVP with 16 points in the Ottawa win.
Won the Grant Holiday Tournament and improved to 12-1 with a win over Grant in the title game, 88-41. Also beat Waukegan 78-29.
Warriors win the Grant Holiday Classic.— Deerfield Warriors Girls Basketball (@Deerfield_GBB) December 24, 2021
88-41 win 🆚 Grant.
Improve to 12-1.
JR Lexi Kerstein (MVP) 21pts
FR Nikki Kerstein (All Tourney) 21pts
FR Aubrey Galvan (All Tourney) 17pts
JR Morgan Kerndt 12pts@DHS__Athletics @ILL_HS_Hoops @ill_hoop_scores pic.twitter.com/3bPrBf3Ami
Warriors move to 11-1!— Deerfield Warriors Girls Basketball (@Deerfield_GBB) December 23, 2021
78-29 win 🆚 Waukegan.
FR Nikki Kerstein 22pts/7reb/7ast
JR Lexi Kerstein 19pts/5stls/5ast
FR Aubrey Galvan 10pts/7stls/8ast
JR Olivia Kerndt 9pts/2stls
SO Kate Trella 5reb/2blks@DHS__Athletics @ill_hoop_scores @ILL_HS_Hoops
Defeated a short-handed Bolingbrook squad 47-42 to improve to 11-0. Evyn Carrier scored 14 in the win, Ella Shipley scored 13.
Sycamore has another impressive girls basketball team this season. More evidence of that with this win tonight. Spartans 11-0. @FaithFeuerbach @CarrierEvyn @SycoSpartans @SycamoreHoops @SycamoreHS @SHS_SycoWard #IHSAgirlsbasketball https://t.co/37PF2OoFev— Scott Leber (@ScottLeberWTVO) December 21, 2021
Has won 11 games in a row after starting 0-4, including four wins by single-digits. This week edged Princeville 41-39.
Kate Gross scored 19 and hit the winning free throws in a 38-36 win over Palatine. Also beat Glenbard South 40-18. The Trojans are now 14-2.
Handed Hamilton County its first loss of the season 39-25 as the Orphans improved to 8-4. Rylee Edson’s 13 points led Centralia.