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Hinsdale Central junior Gabrielle Rush has earned Daily Herald MVP honors for her recent girls basketball performances.
Gabrielle Rush, Hinsdale Central: The 5-foot-10 junior had 17 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals in a 62-50 West Suburban Silver victory against Oak Park. She followed that with 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 blocked shots and 2 assists in 52-42 victory over archrival Hinsdale South.
Monica Bahlmann, Vernon Hills: The Cougars had a ball thanks to Bahlmann. The junior’s 3-pointer with 13 seconds left gave Vernon Hills its first lead and, more importantly, a 43-42 win over Zion-Benton in the North Suburban Conference championship game. She finished with 9 points on three 3s.
Natasha Brown, Aurora Christian: This 5-foot-8 junior pulled down rebounds like she was 6-foot-8, grabbing 23 in a 53-49 upset over No. 1 seed Seneca to win the Class 2A Ottawa Marquette regional title. Brown continually outworked her opponents to get the ball, and added 12 points and 4 steals. Also pulled down 16 rebounds in the Eagles’ semifinal win.
Maddy Callahan, Buffalo Grove: A post player her entire career, Callahan moved outside this season but has played like she’s been there forever. The 5-foot-8 junior guard has helped BG set a school record (202) for 3-pointers this season. She made all three of her attempted 3-pointers with a game-high 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals in just 14 minutes in a 65-15 win over Round Lake. Callahan also scored 8 points with 6 rebounds in a 56-46 win at Schaumburg.
Katie Swanson, St. Edward: The Green Wave senior stepped up her scoring in helping her team to two wins. She scored 14 points in a 63-59 nonconference win at St. Viator then came back on Senior Night in Elgin with 22 points and 4 steals in a 56-46 Suburban Christian victory over Aurora Central Catholic.