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Meet the girls basketball all-area South team

Team features players from Benet, Bolingbrook, Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Hinsdale Central, Hinsdale South, Lemont, Lisle and Westmont

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 5:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:47 p.m. CDT
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Sierra Birdsell
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Aysia Bugg
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Mara Casper
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Sarah Costello
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Emily Eshoo
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Jaida Green
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Claire Hardy
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Kim Jerantowski
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Sydney Kopp
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Gabrielle Rush
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Emily Schramek

The girls basketball season is nearing its end as the last two state championship games take place Saturday night. It’s the perfect time to celebrate the accomplishments of some of the top players from locals schools with the 2013-14 girls basketball all-area team.

Sierra Birdsell

School: Lisle

Year: Senior

Impact: One of just a few returning players with extensive varsity experience, this Interstate Eight all-conference forward played like it. She led the team with 11.5 points per game and was among the team leaders in rebounds (4.6 per game), blocks (12) and steals (50).

Aysia Bugg

School: Bolingbrook

Year: Senior

Impact: The Raiders were a different team this season thanks to a coach and several players leaving the program. This guard and Pittsburgh recruit stepped into a larger leadership role and was also the leader of the team’s offense.

Mara Casper

School: Westmont

Year: Junior

Impact: One of the Sentinels most experienced varsity players coming into the season, this guard was a confident ball-handler who used her shooting range to average a team-high 13.5 points per game. Was named Interstate Eight all-conference.

Sarah Costello

School: Downers Grove North

Year: Senior

Impact: The unquestioned leader for North, the University of Indianapolis-bound guard was a stellar defender and put up big numbers across the board at 13.3 points, 9.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.6 steals per game.

Emily Eshoo

School: Benet

Year: Junior

Impact: Even at 5-foot-9, this guard had no qualms about getting physical with opponents. But the East Suburban Catholic all-conference selection had a well-rounded game and averaged over 14 points per game and hit 78 percent of her foul shots.

Jaida Green

School: Downers Grove North

Year: Sophomore

Impact: With a well-rounded offensive game, this 6-foot-1 guard led the Trojans in scoring at 15.9 points per game. The two-year varsity player was named West Suburban Silver all-conference.

Claire Hardy

School: Downers Grove South

Year: Senior

Impact: This 5-foot-10 forward provided not only a physical inside presence for the Mustangs, but she was also a reliable scorer, a strong defender, both in the paint and on the perimeter, and provided veteran leadership for a team that skewed young.

Kim Jerantowski

School: Lemont

Year: Senior

Impact: This senior has been a mainstay on the court for the Indians throughout her high school career. This winter, Jerantowski led the team in scoring at around 10 points a game and also topped the squad in steals and assists.

Sydney Kopp

School: Hinsdale South

Year: Sophomore

Impact: This guard went from being a role player last season to being the Hornets’ top player this winter. Confident with the ball in her hands, she was just as comfortable spotting up from long range as grabbing a defensive rebound and going coast-to-coast for a layup.

Gabrielle Rush

School: Hinsdale Central

Year: Junior

Impact: Central head coach Tom McKenna has coached eight all-state players in his career but calls Rush the best he has ever had. It’s easy to see why. The West Suburban Silver all-conference pick tallied 20.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.

Emily Schramek

School: Benet

Year: Junior

Impact: Schramek was listed as a 6-foot forward on the roster, but hardly played like lone. A long-range threat who made more than 55 3-pointers this season, she averaged 15 points per game as the Redwings won a regional title.

Honorable mention

Benet: Kathleen Doyle

Bolingbrook: Ryaen Johnson, Cierra Stanciel

Downers Grove North: Colleen Honn, Lauren Porcelli, Peyton Winters

Downers Grove South: Ava Porlier

Hinsdale Central: Abby Gurka, Madeleine Roglich, Emily Wasz

Hinsdale South: Mary Claire Ladd, Gennifer Simpson

Lemont: Marissa Dyer

Lisle: Sarah Mogensen

Westmont: AnneMarie Carlson, Hailey Lechelt

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