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Parker heads AP All-State team
Naperville Central's Candace Parker was the only unanimous choice to the Associated Press Class AA girls basketball All-State Team.
Parker, the 6-foot-3 reigning Illinois Ms. Basketball, received first-team votes on all 13 ballots cast by a statewide panel of sports writers and broadcasters.
Naperville Central and Parker, who missed the start of the season after undergoing knee surgery, will attempt to defend their championship at this weekend's finals. Parker is averaging 24 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.4 steals, 3.2 blocks and 3.0 assists per game. The center has 2,678 career points, is a McDonald's and Nike All-American and will play for Tennessee next season.
"For her to accomplish what she's accomplished, period, would be phenomenal," Redhawks coach Andy Nussbaum said, "let alone that we're talking about she had knee surgery on July 29th."
Joining Parker on the first team are seniors Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton of Neuqua Valley, Fenwick's Kristin Heidloff, Amber Shelton of Edwardsville and junior Lindsay Schrader of Bartlett.
Wisdom-Hylton, a 6-foot-3 center who has signed with Purdue, averaged 16.5 points and 12 rebounds per game. She had 141 blocks and 124 steals for the season and is the only Illinois girls player to get more than 500 blocks, rebounds and points in her career.
Heidloff, a 5-foot-6 guard who has signed with Georgetown, led her team to its fourth Elite Eight appearance in five years. She has more than 1,500 career points and averages 17.5 points, 4.9 steals and 5.5 assists per game. The four Fenwick teams she has played on have a record of 134-10 entering this weekend's state tournament.
Shelton, who transferred to Edwardsville after leading Carrollton to the 2001 and 2002 Class A state championships, averaged 20 points, 7 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 3.3 assists per game for the Tigers, who will also play in the Elite Eight this weekend. The 5-foot-10 forward has 2,153 career points and 790 rebounds.
Schrader, a 6-foot forward, has several Division I scholarship offers, including from Illinois and Notre Dame. She averaged 20.1 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.4 steals, 2 assists and 2 blocks per game and will enter her senior season with 1,649 career points and 794 rebounds.
The second team consists of seniors Allie Quigley of Joliet Catholic, Lauren Lacey of Marian Catholic, Tudy Reed of Marshall, Glenbrook South's Sara Stutz and Kristi Cirone of Resurrection.
Third team members include seniors Tara Michels of Dixon, Kayla Ming of Grayslake, Caprice Smith of Trinity, and Tiffany Terwelp of Quincy, and junior Dierdre Naughton of New Trier.