Girls Basketball Top Performances: Week 3

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.

Notable Week 3 Team Performances

Spotlight: St. Charles East

Sitting at 7-0, the Saints have opened more than a few eyes in the early going of the season. The Saints defeated Lake Park on the road (55-47) and Waubonsie Valley (46-39). Senior Torrie Kortan continues to impress for one of the more increasingly buzz-worthy teams in the suburbs.

The Saints own impressive wins over the likes of York, Fremd and St. Charles North.

Mother McAuley

Continuing to face an early season gauntlet, the Mighty Macs grabbed road wins over Sandburg (48-39) and St. Ignatius (59-49).

Bella Finnegan put up huge stat lines in those wins:

  • 26 points, 12 rebounds versus Sandburg
  • 16 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists versus St. Ignatius


Earned hard-fought wins at Lake Park (59-46) and against Butler College Prep (57-54), the latter in Fremd’s Chicagoland Invitational Showcase. They were undefeated before Monday’s game.


The Spartans now own one of the better victories in the state this season, a 46-38 road win at Nazareth Academy. Sycamore also soared to wins over Sandwich (60-14) and Rolling Meadows (58-45).


At 5-1 following last week’s games, the Tigers’ lone loss is to a team from Indiana. The Tigers lit up the scoreboard in an 84-32 win over Newton. A 50-41 win over St. Joseph-Ogden the week prior shows how real the Tigers are.

Senior guard Kate Littleton scored 28 in the win over Newton and is one part of one of the best duos in Class 2A with Madyson Rigdon. Littleton also recently signed with Lake Land College.


Picked up strong wins over Harlem (44-36), Jefferson (58-27) and Auburn (43-24).

Normal Community

Upped its record to 7-0 with wins last week over Limestone (58-40), Decatur Eisenhower (56-13) and Collinsville (54-38). Big upcoming game Tuesday night versus Rock Island.


Kayla Pacha continues to lead the way and the Redbirds are sitting pretty at 7-0 after a 63-16 win over East Peoria. Also defeated Bloomington 37-28.

Rockford Lutheran

Improved to 6-1 after offensive explosions throughout the week. Defeated Marian Central Catholic (70-60), North Boone (78-24) and East Dubuque (53-41).


Sailed to wins over Wayne City (53-24) and Edwards County (46-24) and owned a 7-1 record after last week.

Notable Week 2 Player Performances

Simone Sawyer, Stevenson, Sr.

Scored 31 in a 69-60 victory over Whitney Young at Fremd’s Chicagoland Invitational Showcase to earn game MVP honors for the Patriots.

Scored 17 in a 51-28 win over Libertyville.

Marley Williamson, Illinois Valley Central, Sr.

Scored 26 in a 56-23 win over Bureau Valley

Nikki Kerstein, Deerfield, Fr.

Scored 24 points on 11-of-13 shooting, added 10 steals, 5 rebounds in a 77-30 win over Vernon Hills. Deerfield led by Kerstein sister duo of Nikki and junior Lexi.

Kammie Ludwig, Geneseo, Sr.

Scored 23 in a win over Rock Island as Geneseo moved to 7-0 on the season.

Put up 24 points in a win over Galesburg.

Megan Senaj, Latin, Jr.

38 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals in a win over Jones.

Kaitlin White, Fieldcrest, So.

23 points, 4 three-pointers made in a win over Tri-Valley.

Tahj-Monet Bloom, Bolingbrook, So.

20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steals in a statement win over Marist (67-46).

Bloom, a transfer from Grayslake Central, is one of the best sophomores in the state. She has used her 6-3 frame to help lead the Raiders to quickly be one of the best squads in Illinois.

Madison Heisch, Rockridge, Sr.

Scored 26 points, including 8 three-pointers in a 61-21 win over Orion.

Nina Sarros, Hinsdale Central, Sr.

19 points, 19 rebounds versus York.

18 points, 19 rebounds and 4 steals versus Romeoville.

Tykara Harrison Romeoville, Sr.

Posted 28 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in a loss to Hinsdale Central.

Has scored 33, 26, 25 and 22 points in games this season.

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