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Meet the 2014 all-area girls basketball North team

Here are Suburban Life Media's 2014 girls basketball selections

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:01 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:48 p.m. CDT
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Chrissy Baird
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Tomei Ball
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Steffy Bazigos
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Maggie Dansdill
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Melinda Franke
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Emari Jones
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Jamie Netzley
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Laila Pickens
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Reagan Sproat
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Kelly Thornton
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Meghan Waldron

The all-area team includes players from Glenbard North, Glenbard South, Glenbard West, St. Francis, West Chicago, Wheaton Academy, Wheaton North and Wheaton Warrenville South.

Chrissy Baird

School: Wheaton North

Year: Senior

Impact: This three-plus year varsity player leaves quite the legacy as the program’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. This winter, Baird led the Falcons with her averages of 15.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per game while also adding 47 steals and 48 blocked shots.

Tomei Ball

School: Glenbard South

Year: Senior

Impact: A consistent force for the Raiders throughout her high school career, Ball’s senior campaign was no different. The senior forward topped Glenbard South with her 13.7 points per game average while adding 6.1 rebounds per outing. She also totaled 48 steals.

Steffy Bazigos

School: Glenbard South

Year: Senior

Impact: This senior’s intensity and competitiveness were just as vital as her scoring ability. The guard led the Raiders in 3-pointers and was second on the team with her 10.3 points per game average. She also tallied 3.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists and over two steals per contest.

Maggie Dansdill

School: Wheaton Warrenville South

Year: Senior

Impact: This senior made a glorious return to the court after tearing her ACL last season. A steady presence on the floor for the Tigers, Dansdill was second on the team in scoring with 10.2 points per game. The guard also flashed an all-around game with 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and two steals per outing.

Melinda Franke

School: Wheaton Warrenville South

Year: Senior

Impact: Few players work as hard in the paint as this senior, who set a program record for most rebounds in a season this winter. Franke averaged 10.8 boards per contest and notched 197 offensive rebounds in 32 games. The forward, who was the team’s best on-ball defender, also added 7.4 points on 52 percent shooting.

Emari Jones

School: Wheaton North

Year: Junior

Impact: Having not played point guard since junior high, Jones moved to that position this winter and excelled. Rarely coming off the floor, Jones averaged 11.3 points per game and topped the squad in assists (98) and steals (56) while shooting 77 percent from the free throw line.

Laila Pickens

School: Glenbard North

Year: Senior

Impact: Despite missing 11 games after breaking her leg during practice late in the season, Pickens was still selected as the Panthers’ MVP. The athletic player and team leader shot 47 percent from the floor and averaged 10.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game.

Jamie Netzley

School: Wheaton Academy

Year: Sophomore

Impact: This sophomore continues to grow her game on the court. In her second varsity season, Netzley topped the Warriors with her 10.8 points per game average. The guard also led Wheaton Academy in 3-pointers (19), assists (2.7 per game) and steals (3.2 per game).

Reagan Sproat

School: St. Francis

Year: Sophomore

Impact: This sophomore had a breakout campaign for the Spartans, averaging a team-high 12.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Sproat knocked down 30 3-pointers and shot 46 percent from two-point territory. She also totaled 32 steals and 15 blocks.

Kelly Thornton

School: Wheaton North

Year: Junior

Impact: This junior guard is a talented scorer who can shoot it from the perimeter and also take the ball to the basket. Thornton was second on the Falcons with her 13.2 points per game average and she led Wheaton North with 60 3-pointers. She also totaled 38 steals.

Meghan Waldron

School: Wheaton Warrenville South

Year: Senior

Impact: What more can be said about a player who has the ability to do it all on the court? Leaving South as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder, Waldron saved her best season for last. This winter, the point guard averaged 21.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.9 steals per game.

Honorable mention

Glenbard North: Jennifer Deegan

Glenbard South: Sydney Bauman, Ivana Markovic

Glenbard West: Kassie Buchholz

St. Francis: Caroline Pins

West Chicago: Mae Elizabeth Gimre

Wheaton Academy: Elizabeth Melby

Wheaton North: Emmy Gryna

Wheaton Warrenville South: Olivia Linebarger, Erin Zappia

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