Girls Basketball: Local stars lead Class 4A all-state team

Updated: March 3, 2012 11:27PM



Pam Gant, meet Jewell Loyd.

Until this year, only six girls in IHSA history had scored 3,000 points or more in their careers. Joliet East’s Gant had been the only player from the Chicago area to achieve the feat, scoring 3,205 points between 1977 and 1981.

Niles West’s Loyd joined the list in 2012. The 5-10 Notre Dame recruit scored her 3,000th point as part of a 41-point outburst Feb. 10 that carried Niles West to a 52-48 victory against Glenbrook South and the outright Central Suburban South title.

Loyd joins Bolingbrook’s Morgan Tuck, Young’s Janee Thompson, Trinity’s Megan Podkowa and Bartlett’s Haley Videckis on the Sun-Times’ Class 4A all-state girls basketball team.

‘‘Jewell is the most complete high school basketball player I have ever seen,’’ Niles West coach Tony Konsewicz said. ‘‘She never takes a play off offensively or defensively. Nobody has scored 3,000 points facing the competition Jewell has.’’

The second team is led by 6-2 junior Emmonnie Henderson of state semifinalist Edwardsville. Henderson, who averaged more than 15 points and 11 rebounds, is being recruited by virtually every major Division I program in the Midwest and elsewhere.

Leading the Class 3A team is Zahna Medley of three-time state semifinalist Springfield. The Texas Christian recruit averaged nearly 25 points and shot 56 percent from the field and 78 percent from the free-throw line.

Joining Medley on the Class 3A first team are Hillcrest’s Shannise Heady, Salem’s Katie Meador, Breese Mater Dei’s Brooke Schulte and Morton’s Sarah Livingston, the sister of the Milwaukee Bucks’ Shaun Livingston.

Downstate Mount Carmel has a gem in 5-6 sophomore guard Tyra Buss, who heads the Class 2A team. Buss already has scored more than 2,000 points and averaged 36 points, five steals and three assists while leading the Lady Aces to the sectional final in 2012.

Rounding out the Class 2A first team are juniors Jordan Frerichs and Kassidy Gengenbacher of two-time state champion Quincy Notre Dame, Jessie Wendt of Teutopolis and Nikki Dizon of Latin, the top small-school player in the Chicago area.

There is nothing little about 6-foot sophomore Celina VanHyfte of Annawan, who tops the Class 1A team. VanHyfte averaged more than 22 points, 12 rebounds and nearly three blocks while leading a team ranked No. 1 most of the season to a supersectional berth.

Joining VanHyfte on the all-state team in Class 1A are junior Sophie Brunner of state champion Aquin, junior Micah Jones of semifinalist Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City, junior Taylor McClintock of Illini Bluffs and senior Kaitlin Phillips of Hinckley-Big Rock.

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