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Meet the 2014 all-area girls basketball East team

Published: Friday, March 7, 2014 12:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:52 p.m. CDT
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York junior guard Jessica Bianchi.
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Willowbrook senior guard Olivia Domin.
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Timothy Christian junior center Kaitlyn Gehrke.
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Montini senior guard Kelly Karlis.
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Willowbrook senior guard Molly Krawczykowski.
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Montini junior forward Rainey Kuykendall.
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IC Catholic senior forward Rory Manion.
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Montini senior forward Sara Ross.
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York senior center Molly Schlecht.
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Montini senior guard Kateri Stone.
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IC Catholic senior guard Grace Vitek.

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. The East all-area team is comprised of players from Addison Trail, Glenbard East, IC Catholic, Montini, Timothy Christian, Willowbrook and York.

Jessica Bianchi

School: York

Year: Junior

Impact: The Dukes’ point guard was the catalyst for much of the team’s success. She led the team in scoring (8.1 points per game), assists (2.9) and steals (2.0). Bianchi’s quickness made her a tough defender and got things started for York’s offense.

Olivia Domin

School: Willowbrook

Year: Senior

Impact: Domin took over as the Warriors’ point guard this season and helped the team win the West Suburban Gold title. The senior led the team with about 3.5 assists per game and also averaged 8.7 points per game.

Kaitlyn Gehrke

School: Timothy Christian

Year: Junior

Impact: Gehrke emerged as a solid player for the Trojans on a team that had five new starters and a first-year coach. The 6-foot-1 center was an all-conference selection in the Metro Suburban Conference.

Kelly Karlis

School: Montini

Year: Senior

Impact: The Ohio recruit is a tough matchup for opposing teams because she is a 6-foot-2 guard with shooting range and ballhandling skills. Entering this weekend’s state tournament, Karlis was averaging 9.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

Molly Krawczykowski

School: Willowbrook

Year: Senior

Impact: The Warriors needed someone to take over the scoring load after graduating a lot of talent from last year’s team, and the all-area MVP answered the call. Krawczykowski averaged a team-best 14.4 points per game and displayed an all-around game with about four rebounds, three assists and three steals per game.

Rainey Kuykendall

School: Montini

Year: Junior

Impact: Kuykendall was a key bench contributor last year, but the junior forward emerged as a solid, strong player who is a staple in the Montini starting lineup. She is averaging 7.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game for the Broncos heading into the state finals.

Rory Manion

School: IC Catholic

Year: Senior

Impact: Manion was the rock for IC in the middle. She averaged more than nine points and nine rebounds per game and was a tough player that helped lead the Knights to their first trip to state. The senior forward earned her second state medal after helping the volleyball team win state in the fall.

Sara Ross

School: Montini

Year: Senior

Impact: Ross is listed as a forward on the Montini roster, but managed to lead the team in assists. The IUPUI-bound senior is a strong player on the fast break and a good passer. She averages 3.4 assists per game while adding 7.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest.

Molly Schlecht

School: York

Year: Senior

Impact: The 6-foot-2 Schlecht was a force inside for York. She was tough for opponents to handle inside and used her size to lead the team in rebounds (5.8 per game). Schlecht, who was also a standout in volleyball, averaged 7.6 points per game.

Kateri Stone

School: Montini

Year: Senior

Impact: Stone enters state this weekend as Montini’s only double digit scorer. The Colgate-bound guard is averaging 11.8 points per game after having made 93 3-pointers to this point of the season. The 6-foot-1 guard also leads the Broncos in rebounding (5.1 per game).

Grace Vitek

School: IC Catholic

Year: Senior

Impact: Vitek led the Knights in scoring at 10 points per game, but she did a little bit of everything well as a 5-foot-11 guard. She led the team with just over three assists per game and was second on IC with just shy of five rebounds per game.

Honorable mention

Addison Trail: Connie Barkoulies, Katie Dziabis

Glenbard East: Allison Hansen, Brasia Solid

IC Catholic: Erin Maloney, Abby Radoha

Montini: Kelsey Bogdan

Timothy Christian: Alexis Hoogendoorn

Willowbrook: Melissa Rader, Josie Zabran

York: Sarah Milkowski

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