Brea Beal is only halfway through her high school basketball career, but the Rock Island standout already has compiled a slew of accolades.

Recently named first team all-state in Illinois and the state's Gatorade Player of the Year, Beal is captain of the Quad-City Times All-Metro girls basketball team for the second consecutive season.

The 6-foot-1 Beal, ranked among the nation's top recruits in the 2019 class, averaged 20.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 3.1 assists per game. The Rocks were 31-2, cruised to a 10-0 mark in the Western Big Six and reached the sectional final in Illinois Class 4A.

Beal, already with more than 1,200 career points, is joined on the six-player first team by teammate and junior point guard Chrislyn Carr, who averaged more than 15 points per contest. 

Davenport North has a pair of players on the top team in senior Jinaya Houston and junior Paige Bradford.

Houston, an Iowa signee, is on the first team for the third consecutive season. Bradford, the Mississippi Athletic Conference's player of the year, averaged nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds per game for the 18-win Wildcats.

North Scott senior guard Karli Rucker, who led the Lancers to their first state championship earlier this month, and Pleasant Valley junior Ellie Spelhaug complete the first team. Spelhaug recorded 16 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for the Spartans, who earned a share of the MAC title.

In addition to Beal and Houston, Carr and Rucker were on the first team a season ago. 

Camanche senior post Courtney Schnoor captains the all-Eastern Iowa team. The Upper Iowa University recruit led the Indians (16-8) in scoring at almost 19 points and 7.3 rebounds a contest. 

Annawan junior Jayde Van Hyfte, an Arizona State recruit, is the captain of the all-Western Illinois team. Van Hyfte returned from a knee injury mid-season and guided the Bravettes to an Illinois Class 1A state championship. 

Van Hyfte was joined by a pair of players from Sherrard and Kewanee on the first team. 

PV's Jennifer Goetz is the metro coach of the year. Goetz led the Spartans to a 19-win season despite a key injury and no seniors on the roster. 


Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.