Lesser-known players make travel season work for them

Stevenson’s Sophia Way is focused on expanding her abilities on offense during games with her Midwest Elite AAU team this summer. “It’s ... [about] being the best player I can be,” Way said. | Nic Summers/for Sun-Times Media

Stevenson senior Sophia Way is not on any list of Illinois’s highest-ranked girls basketball players. But by playing with her Midwest Elite AAU team, she competes every day with highly touted teammates Haley Gorecki, a Fremd senior guard, and Marian Catholic senior Teniya Page.

“A lot of the girls are incredible players,” said Way, a 5-foot-8 shooting guard. “I’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons.”

One of which is accepting exclusion from recruiting lists and Internet discussion forums. Gorecki parlayed her talent into multiple Division I offers before deciding on Duke in April. For the second year in a row this spring, Page was invited to try out for the USA National Team (she did not make the final cut either year).

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