Girls Basketball Top Performances: Week 6

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 or on Twitter @Kaleb_M_Carter.

Editor’s note: Records are accurate through Sunday, December 26.

Notable Week 6 Player Performances

Grace Koepke, Vernon Hills, Jr.

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.

Kennedy Hartwig, Seneca, Jr.

Drilled eight three-pointers and scored 34 points in a 59-38 win over Yorkville Christian.

Octavia Heidelberg, Dupo, Sr.

Scored 33 points, grabbed 20 rebounds, blocked 5 shots, added 2 assists and 2 steals in a loss to Valmeyer.

Ella Lune, Brimfield, Sr.

The Eastern Illinois signee scored 27 points with 12 rebounds and 4 blocks in a 50-35 win over Dunlap.

Denver Anderson, Mt. Zion, So.

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.

Emma Sularski, Benet, So.

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.

Ryan Petersen, Woodlawn, Sr.

Scored 30 with 11 rebounds in a 73-39 win over Elverado/Zeigler-Royalton.

Claire Seal, ALAH, So.

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.

Ava Hatton, Putnam County, So.

Scored 27 and added 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks in a 55-43 win over St. Bede.

Brooklyn Ficek, LaSalle-Peru, Jr.

Scored 21 points in a 53-38 win over Newark. 

Put up 18 points in a 47-20 victory against Illinois Valley Central.

Story from Shaw on Ficek.

Notable Week 6 Team Performances


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.


Defeated a short-handed Bolingbrook squad 47-42 to improve to 11-0. Evyn Carrier scored 14 in the win, Ella Shipley scored 13.

Illini Bluffs

Has won 11 games in a row after starting 0-4, including four wins by single-digits. This week edged Princeville 41-39.

Downers Grove North

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. 

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