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Central Catholic Lauren Shanks all-state

Central Catholic junior guard Lauren Shanks surveys the floor ahead of Decatur MacArthur's Courtney Riley in the Class 3A regional semifinal on Feb. 13 at Cvengros Gymnasium in Bloomington. Shanks was named a second-team AP all-stater on Thursday.


Central Catholic High School junior guard Lauren Shanks was a second-team selection on the Associated Press Class 3A all-state girls basketball team released Thursday.

Shanks averaged 18.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game and made 43 3-pointers for the Saints. She received 25 points in voting by a statewide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Shanks was joined on the second team by Shae Littleford of Charleston, Myia Clark of St. Viator, Antwainette Walker of Wheaton St. Francis and Carsyn Fearday of Effingham.

The 3A first team included two players from state tournament qualifier Peoria Richwoods — senior guard Kourtney Crane and junior forward Camryn Taylor. Also on the first team were Morton junior Tenley Dowell, Glenbard South junior Maggie Bair and Rockford Lutheran sophomore Ambranette Storr.

Lincoln senior guard Kaelyn Froebe received honorable mention in 3A, while Bloomington senior Ellie Weltha was an honorable mention pick in Class 4A.

The 4A first team was headed by unanimous choice Brea Beal, a junior guard from Rock Island. Joining her on the first team were Edwardsville senior Kate Martin, Montini senior Aaliyah Patty, Rock Island senior Chrislyn Carr and Edwardsville senior Rachel Pranger.

Kraft falls short: Normal Community junior Cassi Kraft failed to advance to the finals of the Class 4A Country Financial Three-Point Showdown during Thursday's preliminaries at Redbird Arena.

Kraft, the sixth shooter in the last of four rounds, made 7 of 15 shots, two short of joining a tiebreaker for the fourth spot in Friday's finals.

Geneva's Margaret Whitley topped the finalists with 11 and was followed by Jazmin Tapia of Berwin-Cicero Morton and Kerri Healy of Algonquin Jacobs with 10. Mundelein's Hannah Buscher made six shots in the tiebreaker round to claim the last spot.

The finalists in Class 3A were Andrea Kruckenberg of Rockford Lutheran (11), Dunlap's Kai Koehler (10), Sycamore's Kylie Feuerbach (10) and Providence's Lauren Knight, who made nine shots in the main round and six to win a three-way tiebreaker.


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