Diamond Beatty, of Tinley Park
Updated: April 21, 2013 6:11AM
Here is the Beggars Pizza/SouthtownStar 2012-13 All-Area Girls Basketball Team.
School: Tinley Park
Numbers: 11.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 25 three-pointers.
Notable: All-tournament at Beecher Turkey Tourney and Hillcrest Holiday Classic, all-SSC Blue third year, Player of the Year in SSC Blue. Committed to Tennessee State.
Coach Jason Becker: “It’s fun seeing her and the team grow up. She’s really taken the team beneath her and to the next level.”
Numbers: 15.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 78 steals.
Notable: All-East Suburban Catholic Conference, second all-time leading scorer at Marist (1,713 points). Will attend Illinois.
Coach Mary Pat Connolly: “Leah’s quickness to the ball, great hands and explosive jumping ability made her not only a great offensive rebounding but also a great scorer.”
School: Oak Lawn
Numbers: 14.8 ppg, 5.7 spg, 5.1 apg.
Notable: All-South Suburban Red, All-State special mention.
Coach Janet Haubenreiser: “She always looks to involve her teammates in the game. With her, it is never about LaTondra, it’s about the team.”
Numbers: 17.7 ppg, 2.7 apg, 2.0 spg, 53 three-pointers.
Notable: All-tournament at Bobby Bolton Classic and Oak Lawn Holiday Tourney, Player of the Year in South Suburban Red. Will attend Eastern Illinois.
Coach Jeff Kortz: “She is a highly motivated young lady who will work extremely hard to get where she needs to be. She won’t be outworked. She was a leader for us on and off the court.”
Numbers: 22.2 ppg, 15.6 rpg, 4.2 bpg.
Notable: All-Southland Athletic Conference, all-tournament Rich South Galaxy, Hillcrest Holiday Classic. Will attend Western Kentucky.
Coach Ron Newquist: “The thing about Bria is that yes, she was a great basketball player and a major part of our success. But her personality and leadership qualities are irreplaceable. You can’t put a stat on that.”
Numbers: 20.4 ppg, 5.9 apg, 4.4 spg.
Notable: All-South Suburban Blue, all-tournament Rich South Galaxy, Hillcrest Holiday Classic. Will attend Robert Morris.
Coach John Maniatis: “Dana was a powerful presence on the perimeter. She had some jaw-dropping performances with her ability to create and score.”
School: Morgan Park
Numbers: 18.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 4.0 spg.
Notable: All-City and All-Windy City South, third team IBCA All-State.
Coach Thomas Johnson: “She was our best finisher and our quickest player.”
Numbers: 15.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.4 apg.
Notable: All-SouthWest Suburban Red, fourth team IBCA All-State. Will attend Loyola.
Coach Bobby Matz: “For four straight years she was the hardest worker at every practice and every game. I have never encountered or worked with an athlete with her same desire, talent, work ethic and humility.”
School: Lincoln-Way East
Numbers: 11.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 1.7 assists, 25 three-pointers.
Notable: All SouthWest Suburban Blue, MVP at Medieval Classic, all-tourney at Richards. Committed to St. Xavier.
Coach Jim Martin: “Each game we were able to count on her to put forth her best effort and be a leader for this team. Meaghan has been a consistent player for us all year.”
Numbers: 12.8 ppg, 4.1 apg, 45 three-pointers.
Notable: All-SouthWest Suburban Red, all-tournament at Hinsdale South and Hillcrest Holiday Classic.
Coach Bill Turner: “She was a dynamic point guard with excellent vision. When it comes to dribbling the ball I have not seen better in all my years of coaching and watching girls high school basketball.”
School: Marian Catholic
Numbers: 15.5 ppg, 73 three-pointers.
Notable: All-East Suburban Catholic Conference.
Coach Annie Byrne: “Ashton is internally motivated with an unbelievable work ethic. She gets better every day, every practice, every game.”
School: Marian Catholic
Numbers: 12.6 ppg, 4.6 apg, 21 three-pointers.
Notable: All-East Suburban Catholic.
Coach Annie Byrne: “Teniya is not limited in any aspect. (She) can score, make plays, run the show, defend and rebound as well as anyone I have every coached.”
Numbers: 20.6 ppg, 48 three-pointers, 80 assists.
Notable: East Suburban Catholic Conference MVP, set Marist career high (2,086) and single-season high (662) in points. Will attend Marquette.
Coach Mary Pat Connolly: “JeTaun’s incredible basketball IQ, her athleticism, unselfishness and her ability to score forced opponents to focus on her, opening opportunities for other players.”
School: Mother McAuley
Numbers: 16.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 39 three-pointers.
Notable: All-GCAC Red. Will attend Lewis.
Coach Ashley Luke Clanton: “Alyssa is a special player that has been a pleasure to coach. She has quietly put up big points in big time games. She is a player that is not concerned with winning style points and more concerned with getting the job done.”
School: Rich South
Numbers: 13.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 4.3 spg.
Notable: Galaxy Tournament MVP, all-tournament Hillcrest Holiday Classic.
Coach Brian Mays: “Tierra is not fancy, she just comes to play every night. I am surprised myself when I look at the stats at the end of the night and see what she did.”
School: Lincoln-Way North
Numbers: 11.0 ppg, 3.2 apg, 60 three-pointers.
Notable: Oak Lawn tourney MVP, all-tournament Rich South Galaxy. Will attend Ashford.
Coach Jim Nair: “Ashley always wanted the basketball in her hands when we needed a big shot. She could shoot the ball as well as any guard in the state.”
Compiled by Tony Baranek