CSE’s Miller leads brigade of area girls players receiving all-state honors from IBCA

Central-Southeastern's Lauren Miller | Addi Zanger photo

Central-Southeastern junior forward Lauren Miller received Class 2A first-team all-state honors from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. | Addi Zanger photo

QUINCY — Lauren Miller’s ability to create scoring opportunities for herself and her Central-Southeastern girls basketball teammates elevated her game to that of a first-team all-stater.

The 5-foot-10 junior forward was named to the Class 2A all-state first team by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, one of three CSE players to be honored by the IBCA. Four other area players received mention in their respective classes.

Miller led the Panthers to a 29-3 record, a sectional championship and an elite eight berth. A three-time All-West Central Conference selection, Miller averaged 18.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 3.1 assists, while shooting 55.3 percent from the field.

CSE senior guard Brilyn Lantz and junior guard Karly Peters earned all-state honorable mention, as did West Hancock guard Lillie Woodworth in Class 2A.

In Class 3A, Quincy Notre Dame junior guard Sage Stratton received third-team all-state honors. The 5-foot-8 guard averaged 14.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.3 steals per game. She shot 45 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3-point range. 

Earning second-team all-state honors were Brown County freshman guard Kenzie Kassing in Class 1A and Illini West junior forward Reagan Reed in Class 2A.

The 5-foot-8 Kassing set a single-game school record by scoring 43 points in a victory over Lewistown and finished the season averaging 21.9 points. Her 634 points were second in program history for single-season scoring. She also averaged 8.1 rebounds, 2.1 steals and two assists per game, while shooting 58 percent from the field.

The 5-foot-9 Reed averaged 17 points per game, 5.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.8 steals per game, while shooting 74.1 percent from the free-throw line.

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