Illinois 3A-4A State Championship Recap
March 4th, 2013
Midwest Recruiting Report
Marian Catholic and Quincy Notre Dame walked away with the titles at Redbird Arena
It was a spectacular weekend at Redbird Arena with fans from all over the state getting what they paid for in terms of entertainment. Illinois saw new State Champions crowned in both 4A with Marian Catholic beating Rolling Meadows on a buzzer beater in the title game, and 3A with Quincy Notre Dame taking the title in their first season as a 3A team (third straight title including 2A).
Below are the results, as well as the top unsigned prospects from the weekend:
Class 3A Results
Semifinal Game 1: Vernon Hills 48 vs. Montini 45 - OT
Semifinal Game 2: Quincy Notre Dame 67 vs. Morton 51
Consolation Game: Montini 42 vs. Morton 38
Championship Game: Quincy Notre Dame 62 vs. Vernon Hills 45
Class 3A Top Prospects
Lauren Webb, 6'0 G/F, 2014, Vernon Hills - Nice one dribble pull up, mid range jumper. Hits the three. Handles the ball well for a girl of her size, knows how to get to the basket, and draw contact. Uses the pump fake very well. Can finish well with both hands. Good vision, will find a way to get you the ball if you're open.
Kelly Karlis, 6'2 F, 2014, Montini - Extremely long and deceptively athletic. Good ball handler. Gets to the rack and can finish around taller defenders. Hits the three with her high arching jumper. Can flat out score the basketball. Often moving without the ball and cuts hard. Versatile defender that can guard the wing or the post. Gets a ton of deflections at the front of the press using her length. Hits the offensive glass hard consistently.
Kateri Stone, 6'1 G, 2014, Montini - Knockdown three-point shooter. Loves to slash to the basket with the left and can really finish around the hoop. Knows how to get to the rack when necessary and draw the foul. Extremely long and athletic, just like her counterpart Karlis. Comes up with a good amount of steals on the defensive end.
Kaitlyn Byrne, 6'1 G/SF, 2014, Morton - Long, college ready frame. Handles the ball well. Has a nice hesitation dribble that she uses to get to the rack where she can finish. Can shoot the three off the bounce. Has good vision, makes the high-low pass look easy.
Chandler Ryan, 5'6 G, 2016, Morton - Makes it rain from beyond the arc. Has a good pull up jumper as well. Can finish at the rack in transition or knows how to force contact and draw the foul. Solid ball handler.
Kristen Gengenbacher, 5'8 G, 2014, QND - Has a good-looking stroke and can hit it from beyond the arc. Good ball handler. High basketball IQ. Through it off a girls back off an under out of bounds play then went up for a layup. Plays with such poise. Has spectacular vision. Athletic. Excellent defender. Uses a nice hesitation step to get to the rack and can finish when she gets there.
Cassidy Foley, 5'8 G, 2014, QND - Good ball handler. Quick in transition, always looking up the floor. Had a nice jump stop, pull-up jumper from the FT line. Has great vision and always makes the right pass. Can finish at the basket. Defensively plays very frisky and comes up with a lot of steals.
Class 4A Results
Semifinal Game 1: Rolling Meadows 61 vs. Huntley 44
Semifinal Game 2: Marian Catholic 63 vs. Whitney Young 39
Consolation Game: Whitney Young 60 vs. Huntley 27
Championship Game: Marian Catholic 48 vs. Rolling Meadows 47
Class 4A Top Prospects
Jackie Kemph, 5'6 PG, 2014, Rolling Meadows - Deadly in transition with her combination of speed and finishing abilities. When she gets into the lane, she has the vision to see the bigs as well as her shooters on the perimeter, and will find a way to get you the ball if you are a open. Quick hands defensively, gets a lot of deflections and steals.
Jenny Vliet, 6'2 G/F, 2014, Rolling Meadows - Dangerous three-point threat with a lightning quick release. Hard to stop on the pick and pop, or the pick and roll. Was all over the glass throughout the weekend. Got to the FT line consistently. Defensively, contested shots and then put a body on someone.
Ali Andrews, 6'2 F, 2016, Huntley - Attacks the basket aggressively and knows how to force contact. Nice right-handed hook, uses the glass well. Can handle the ball and shoot off the dribble, even stretching it out beyond the arc at times. Consistent shot blocking threat. Going to be heck of a player with consistent development over the course of her high school career.
Sam Andrews, 6'0 F, 2014, Huntley - Sam is a versatile offensive player. She can post you up and finish inside or take you off the dribble and hit the three or a midrange jumper. Took it coast-to-coast at the end of the first half and finished with a beautiful runner. A force on the defensive glass, using sound box outs to come up with a high volume of rebounds.
Ashton Millender, 5'10 G, 2014, Marian - Millender was a force in Marian's big win over the defending champions Whitney Young Friday evening, scoring 29 points and doing it in a variety of fashions. She hit the three, got to the FT line, had some great buckets in transition, and was just in attack mode all evening. Even more impressive, was her effort defensively throughout the weekend, forcing opposing players into tough shots and proving she can do it on both ends of the floor.
Kauai Bradley, 6'0 F, 2015, Marian - Bradley played the hero role, hitting the game winning shot for Marian as time expired in the championship game against Rolling Meadows. Bradley's awareness on the play to grab the rebound and go right up with it as quickly as she did, certainly can't be overlooked. Bradley is always underneath the hoop grabbing rebounds for Marian on both ends of the floor. Her combination of length, speed, and athleticism should translate well at the next level.
Teniya Page, 5'8 PG, 2015, Marian - Page was the floor general for this Marian team all year long, and even though the box scores might not say she statistically had a phenomenal weekend, as always her impact was felt by opposing teams. In the half court sets, she gets Marian into their offense and into scoring positions, making the game easier for her teammates. In transition, she pushes the pace, always looking up the floor. It will be exciting to see how Page continues to develop over the next couple years.
Taylor Brame, 5'10 F, 2014, Whitney Young - Brame is incredibly tough to stop when she gets the ball on the block, even though her shots weren't always falling Friday. She is a ferocious rebounder and on the offensive glass she knows how to put it right back up and in. Defensively, she can guard the wing or the post with the combination of strength and length.
Tanita Allen, 5'10 F, 2015, Whitney Young - Allen played a spectacular game on Saturday against Huntley, almost putting a triple double up on the stat sheet with 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 steals. She is very nimble inside, finding a variety of ways to put the ball in the hoop. Her speed and length is a great asset defensively, especially in the press where she got a lot of steals. Uses the combination of length and athleticism to come down with a high volume of rebounds.