Instant Replay: Milestones & Record Holders
I have to start this column off with an apology.
I said that this column would be an every Thursday deal, but I lied. It’s going to be a Monday deal to help wet your appetite for the upcoming week’s slate of games.
Therefore, to those who are reading, I’m sorry for lying to you. Hope you forgive me.
OK, now that my conscience is clear, here’s this week’s ‘Instant Replay’:
Impact Players of the Week
Starting on the boy’s side, I’m going with co-impact players, but from the same team. Tri-Point’s Jacob Carrera and Mark Miller combined to score 40 (Carrera had 22, Miller with 18) of the Chargers’ 53 points in the team’s 53-45 victory over Gardner-South Wilimington. Tri-Point may only be 5-10 on the season, but maybe Friday was the start to finding a spark for the rest of the year.
Last week, it was Peotone’s Yatzari Jauregui who got the nod. This week, it’s Josie Graffeo. The Blue Devils played two games last week against Sandwich and Manteno. They lost 31-25 to Sandwich and Graffeo was held scoreless after an 0-of-8 game. She turned around the next night against Manteno to drop 21 points, 6 rebounds, four assists and four steals in an 85-46 victory. Graffeo is the centerpiece of the Peotone offense averaging just under 20 points a game, the Blue Devils go as she goes.
Speaking of Graffeo, her performance Friday put her in elite company in Peotone school history.
Her 21-point effort earned the senior forward her 1,000th career point, making her just the third girl in school history to reach that milestone.
Milford’s Emily Duis also tallied her 1,000th career point earlier this season against Salt Fork. Is there any Duis hasn’t done during her four years in a Milford Bearcat uniform?
Trinity Academy had three players reach career point No. 1,000 earlier this season in junior Jared Oates and seniors Jasmyne Stewart and Ashley Harwood.
Standout Stat Lines
Bradley-Bourbonnais girls continue finding ways to win and it pulled out a narrow 46-44 victory over Andrew on Thursday. Mikayla Brandon was up to her usual tricks, recording a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Pretty much another day at the office.
Cissna Park’s Jasmine Stock put together her most complete performance of this season so far in the Timberwolves’ 43-29 victory over Hoopeston on Saturday. The senior guard totaled 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. Impressive stuff.
I was looking on the Illinois High School Athletic website a couple days ago in the girls basketball records just to see what I could find out about a few of the area’s team’s past.
I saw that a few former athletes hold some top-20 career and single season records in Illinois history.
Cissna Park’s Heidi McKean ranks 11th all-time in career free throws made with 563 and Watseka’s Devin Curry (2010-14) is ranked 15th all-time with 547.
Beecher’s Amari Griffin (2008-12) ranks 18th all-time in career rebounds with 1,288.
Kankakee’s Priscilla Rosenthal (1993-94) is tied for 17th all-time with Val Wancket (Atkinson, 1986-87) for rebounds in a single-season with 455.
I’ll have more girl’s records in next week’s Instant Replay.
Can’t Miss Games of the Week
Boys: Herscher at Watseka (Tuesday), Peotone at Coal City (Friday) Cissna Park at St. Anne and Momence at Herscher (Saturday).
Girls: Cissna Park at Watseka, Rich South at Kankakee and Streator at Herscher (Thursday), Normal West at Bradley-Bourbonnais (Saturday).
Power Rankings: Top Ten
Boys: 1. Momence (12-1), 2. Kankakee (8-2) 3. Herscher (8-4), 4. Watseka (10-6), 5. Milford (10-3), 6. Trinity (17-2), 7. Coal City (8-7), 8. Manteno (7-7), 9. Cissna Park (8-5), 10. Gardner-South Wilmington (9-7).
Girls: 1. Watseka (20-0), 2. Bradley-Bourbonnais (13-3), 3. Peotone (15-5), 4. Bishop McNamara (14-7), 5. Herscher (14-3), 6. Kankakee (12-5), 7. Cissna Park (13-6), 8. Trinity (17-2), 9. Gardner-South Wilmington (11-7), 10. Milford (8-8).
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