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High school girls basketball: Johnsburg's Aannah Interrante eager to help Bradley

Johnsburg senior basketball player Aannah Interrante announced Friday on Twitter her commitment to play for Division I Bradley in Peoria.
Johnsburg senior basketball player Aannah Interrante announced Friday on Twitter her commitment to play for Division I Bradley in Peoria.

Aannah Interrante entered the girls travel basketball season with one college scholarship offer. Over the past 3 1/2 months, the Johnsburg sharpshooter collected nine more to pick from.

On Friday, Interrante made her decision and committed to Division I Bradley in Peoria after this season. She announced her commitment via Twitter.

"I called [Bradley women's basketball coach Andrea Gorski] yesterday, and she’s really happy," the 5-foot-10 senior shooting guard said Saturday. "She told me I was their No. 1 shooter on their list, so that makes me very happy."

Interrante visited the campus in May to meet with the coaching staff and some players and quickly felt at home. She also seriously considered offers from Butler and Miami (Ohio).

In late March, Interrante picked up her first offer from Northern Illinois. She expected interest to really pick up in April. Interrante received an offer from the Braves on May 9, shortly after her visit.

Bradley finished 12-19 last season and 7-11 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Braves haven't had a winning season since going 18-16 in 2011-12, but Interrante is excited to help turn things around.

"I really loved the program," Interrante said. "It’s up and coming, so there's a lot of freshmen, sophomores and younger kids joining. And I loved the coaches. They made me feel like I’m at home. It’s also pretty close to home, so being close to my family is a plus. Having that is really nice."

Interrante, the 2017 Northwest Herald Girls Basketball Player of the Year, led all local players last season with 91 3-pointers and was third in scoring with 15.7 points a game. Her 517 total points were first overall, and she was named the Kishwaukee River Conference Player of the Year.

Interrante enters her senior season fourth in career scoring at Johnsburg with 1,245 points. She helped lead Johnsburg to a 25-9 record a year ago. The Skyhawks lost to Antioch in the Class 3A Johnsburg Sectional final and have been the last local team standing the past two seasons.

She has 208 3-pointers in three seasons, putting her on pace to enter the top 20 all-time in state history. Melissa Dixon, the Skyhawks' all-time scoring leader, finished with 272 career 3-pointers, which is tied for 18th, according to IHSA.org.

"It’s been my goal to play Division I since I was pretty little," Interrante said. "It’s kind of a relief, too, because I feel like it’s all so stressful. The month of July, it’s kind of like my last time to do stuff and have fun. Just having it done and over with and accomplishing the goal I’ve had since I was little is awesome."

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