Prep Girls Basketball

Teams of the decade: Blue Devils end decade with momentum

QHS's Jordan Fletcher puts up a shot for two over QND's Morgan Martin.
Michael Kipley Staff Photographer
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 15, 2020 12:01 am

The evolution of the Quincy High School girls basketball program saw the Blue Devils end the decade on an upward trajectory.

They had to endure a series of lows first.

The Blue Devils overcame a winless season and a Western Big Six Conference losing streak that lingered over three seasons, only to see the rebirth of the program lead to the first 20-win season in more than 20 years. It's provided a good base of talent and determination heading into the next decade.

Here is the QHS girls basketball program's all-decade team from 2010-19, as selected by Senior Sports Writer Matt Schuckman:

Stephanie Anders, Guard, Class of 2019

The first-team All-Western Big Six Conference selection helped the Blue Devils win 21 games her senior season and finish with their best record in more than two decades. Anders averaged 9.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 71.4 percent from the line.

Bre Bordewick, Guard, Class of 2018

The epitome of toughness, Bordewick started as a freshman and sophomore before missing her junior season following a broken leg suffered in the Blue-White scrimmage. She rebounded her senior season to average 6.4 points and 4.6 rebounds before going on to play at John Wood Community College.

Araiya Dade, Guard, Class of 2013

Dade was a second-team all-area selection as a senior when she averaged a team-best 10.7 points to go along with 6.6 rebounds per game. She was a two-time all-area selection and two-time All-Western Big Six Conference pick who went on to play at John Wood Community College.

Olivia Edwards, Guard, Class of 2020

The Blue Devils won 21 games during Edwards' junior season and finished second in the Western Big Six Conference her senior season due in large part to the way she ran the offense. A determined point guard, Edwards earned all-area and all-conference honors while averaging better than four assists per game.

Jordan Fletcher, Center, Class of 2014

By her senior season, Fletcher felt comfortably strong in her 6-foot-3 frame as she averaged 9.8 points and 7.5 rebounds and it propelled her to an incredible college career at Missouri-St. Louis. A three-time all-area selection, Fletcher was a three-time All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selection with the Tritons, who graduated as the all-time leader in blocked shots and fifth in career scoring.

Casey Kelley, Guard, Class of 2016

A two-time all-area selection, Kelley injected toughness and talent into the QHS lineup. As a senior, she averaged 9.2 points and 4.5 rebounds and earned All-Western Big Six Conference honors. She also was named to the All-WB6 scholastic team and received an IHSA academic achievement honor.

Anna Leenerts, Guard, Class of 2012

A true playmaker and pass-first, shoot-second guard, Leenerts led the Blue Devils with 81 assists as a junior to go along with 4.9 points per game and tenacious defense, while earning all-area honors. She played in the first six games as a senior before suffering a concussion that caused her to miss the remainder of the season.

Sarah Nelson, Forward, Class of 2019

The maturation of Nelson as a player coincided with uptick in the program's success. An All-Western Big Six Conference selection and a two-time second-team all-area pick, Nelson went from averaging 9.2 points as a junior to 10.6 points as a senior and extended her offensive ability to the perimeter. It allowed her to make an impact as a freshman at Quincy University last winter.

Reagan Wellman, Guard, Class of 2015

Named the team's top defender as a sophomore, Wellman overcame a knee injury that sidelined her throughout her junior year and was an all-area selection and the Blue Devils' top 3-point shooter as a senior. She played in the McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic and went on to play at John Wood Community College.

Shelby Wires, Guard, Class of 2010

A second-team all-area selection as a senior, the 5-foot-3 Wires battled injuries throughout her career, including having surgery to repair a torn meniscus after her senior season ended. She averaged 8.8 points and 4.2 assists as a senior.