What has been a known commodity around the Quad-Cities has been proven to be the case around the state — Rock Island's Brea Beal and Chrislyn Carr are very good at basketball.
The Rock Islanders were each named first-team All-State by the Associated Press.
For Beal, it was the third time in as many years being honored by the state's media. She was second-team as a freshman and first team last year. For Carr, it was her second honor. She was honorable mention last year as a junior.
"In a way it kind of feels the same every year," Beal said, "but in more ways this is more special. It just feels better now because of the people around me — all my teammates and coaches, my family and those who keep pushing me to be better."
Carr is thrilled with taking not only the next step but two steps to join the five-player first team.
"It's a very special honor, especially jumping from honorable mention to first team," Carr said. "It shows my hard work has paid off. Honestly, I never thought about this honor. My main focus was the season and controlling the controlables."
Beal, the lone unanimous selection, finished the season with 700 points and is now 344 points from becoming the all-time leading scorer in the Western Big 6. Carr finished the season with 616 points and 2,091 career points (1,100 in her two seasons at Rock Island).
The all-state honors are huge for both players. However, neither could say the honor will take away the sting of last Thursday's overtime loss to Edwardsville in the sectional championship.
"Definitely, it still weighs on me what happened last week," Beal said. "At the same time, it does show how good we were this year."
Two other first-teamers are Edwardsville's Kate Martin and Rachel Pranger. Having four of the state's top five players on the court last week could say that the game in Champaign may well have been the state championship game.
"I said the same thing last year," Beal said. "At the end of the day it sure would be fun to play them in the state championship game, but the way the state lines it up, that can't happen."
Added Carr, "I'm not sure that says we would be in the state championship game, but I definitely know we deserve to be playing in that game."
Moline senior Alannah Crompton and United Township senior Ryleigh O'Brien were both named honorable mention, meaning they got at least two votes from the 18 voting members.
Carr and Beal have been friends since grade school, making the honor even more special the pair.
Beal and Carr were joined by teammate Lauren Hall on the all-Western Big Six first team. Moline's Crompton and senior Hannah Thiele, UT's O'Brien and Alleman's Gabbi Loiz joined them on the first team.