Bailey Gilbert, Sycamore, sophomore, forward
Gilbert was a unanimous All-NI Big 12 East first team selection and carries much respect from area coaches. Gilbert averaged 14.2 points, 1.8 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.2 steals for a young Sycamore team that could challenge DeKalb over the next few years. If Sycamore somehow overtakes DeKalb, Gilbert's progression will be a big reason why.
Madelyne Johnson, DeKalb, sophomore, forward
At 6-foot-1, Johnson has the ball-handling and finishing ability to be a big-time player over the next two years. The sophomore averaged nine points, six rebounds and a block for the Barbs. Expect those numbers to rise steadily over the next two years. She'll be a favorite in the running for next year's player of the year.
Allyson O'Herron, Kaneland, senior, guard
O'Herron led the Knights in scoring with 8.1 points per game and knocked down half of her three-pointers. The sharp-shooter helped was part of a deep senior class and almost led Kaneland to a comeback win in the regional semifinals.
Courtney Patrick, DeKalb, senior, guard
Patrick was the leader of DeKalb's suffocating defense. The senior guard averaged six points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal and was a huge reason for DeKalb's success over the last few years.
Rachel Torres, DeKalb, senior, guard
Once again, Torres was the best player on the best team in the area. Torres scored 11 points per game to lead the Barbs and also pitched in four rebounds, two assists and two steals while playing in a system that limits possessions for both teams. Torres also became more of a vocal leader on a team that won its third consecutive Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference East title.
Brittney Patrick, freshman guard, DeKalb
Ashley Prost, senior, forward, Kaneland
Lauren Goff, freshman guard, Sycamore
Abbie Tosch, senior forward, Hinckley-Big Rock
Kate Thuestad, senior forward, Indian Creek
Andrea Strohmaier, junior forward, Genoa-Kingston
Emma Bradford, senior wing, Kaneland
Jacqueline Madden, sophomore guard, Hinckley-Big Rock
Lauren Paver, junior guard, Hinckley-Big Rock
Dani Clark, senior forward, Hiawatha
Samantha Mosley, junior forward, Indian Creek
Bridgette Edmeier, senior forward, Hinckley-Big Rock
Josie Diehl, freshman forward, Indian Creek
– Anthony Zilis, firstname.lastname@example.org