Posted On: 01/1/19 6:41 PM

Last week I returned home to Central Illinois for the Holidays and was able to take some time to check out one of the best girls’ basketball tournaments in the state, the State Farm Holiday Classic in Bloomington/Normal. While I was able to watch most teams play in the Large School Girls Division, I was really focused on the teams from the Chicagoland area. Here are some Guards that got my attention:


Senior PG Mira Emma from Wheaton Warrenville South showcased all the abilities you could want in a team leader. Emma, an Iowa State soccer commit, is a quick, confident ball handler who can get in the lane with ease and involve her teammates. She also can knockdown shots from deep.

Senior Jada Thorpe from Chicago Simeon really showed how well she can score the ball against some very tough teams. Thorpe, a Kansas State commit, is very smooth and reliable with the ball in her hands and possesses a very smooth and consistent jump shot. She finished with 19pts against Central Illinois Powerhouse Morton Potters.

Thorpe’s Sophomore teammate from Simeon, Aneesah Morrow, is listed as a Guard, but can play any of the five spots. The 6’1’’

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