Huntley High School senior Ali Andrews was voted to the AP’s All-State girls basketball first team, the state’s only player to be voted unanimously for the honor.
This marks the second consecutive year Andrews has made the Class 4A all-state first team. She has committed to play collegiately at the University of Illinois next year.
“I definitely was surprised, especially that I was on everybody’s ballot,” Andrews told the Northwest Herald. “It’s a big accomplishment to me, especially to be there with all the other top players in the state. They’re all really good, and just to be on that level with them is an honor and an accomplishment.”
Andrews also is a contender for the Illinois Ms. Basketball award, as well as a McDonald’s All-America candidate.
“Ali does what it takes to make the team successful and she makes those around her better,” coach Steve Raethz told the Daily Herald. “That’s the mark of a truly great player. I can’t say enough good things about her. She improved every year here and added to her skill set. The fruition of all that hard work is the staggering statistics she produced. In my 17 years here she’s the best player I’ve had the opportunity to coach.”
The Red Raiders’ season ended with a record of 30-4 after a loss to Fremd in the Super Sectional round. Andrews scored 743 points this year, breaking the school record she set last year with 694. On the season, she averaged 21.9 points and 7.7 rebounds, as well as more than 2 assists, blocks, and steals per game. Her 2,548 career points are also a county record.