Here’s a closer look at the 2015 Enquirer All-Area Girls’ Basketball Team. The 2014-15 Enquirer All-Area Girls’ Basketball Team is made up of the non-city schools in the Enquirer readership area. The team is selected by area coaches and the Enquirer sports staff::
Fuller missed the first five games of the season as she recovered from an injury, but when she returned she didn’t miss a beat and made a huge impact for the Indians.
The senior four-year varsity member earned First Team Class D All-State honors after averaging 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.8 steals per game. She finished her career 19 points shy of 1,000 and helped Athens reach the Breslin Center in each of her first three seasons.
“What I like about Ally is her love of the game,” said coach Calvin Quist. “She plays with heart and on top of that she has one of the purest shots I have ever seen.”
Kuiper concluded her outstanding four-year varsity career by guiding the Broncos to 14 wins and a runner-up finish in districts.
The senior guard will go down as one of the best defensive players in Bellevue history after finishing with a school-record 104 steals (4.5 per game) on the year. She also averaged 9.0 points and 5.2 rebounds on her way to an All-State Honorable Mention selection in Class D.
“Tara is a relentless defender,” said Bellevue coach Kayla Whitmyer. “Her ability to anticipate and defend is unparalleled by her peers. She has been a fearless leader for our program and her impact will be felt for years to come.”
Good things happened for Bronson when Blouin had the ball in her hands, which was quite a bit as the team’s point guard and senior leader.
The speedy guard led the Vikings with 12 points, three rebounds, five assists and four steals per game, as she was selected All-State Honorable Mention in Class C.
“Kinslea was the player that controlled our tempo and the flow of our offense this year,” said coach Andy Hatt. “She could attack anyone off the dribble, and became a tremendous outside threat as well. She did a tremendous job of running our offense, and was also tasked with defending the other teams quickest player night in and night out. She could harass players with her lateral quickness, and then immediately transition a steal into points on the other end.”
Smith was a matchup nightmare for opponents due to her ability to help the Panthers in so many ways.
The 5-foot-11 junior center was solid on the offensive end, averaging 10.3 points per game. Defensively, she sent back shots to the tune of 2.0 blocks per game along with 1.4 steals per contest. She was also effective on the glass at 4.4 rebounds per game.
“Mary is a do-it-all kind of player,” said coach Josh Vick. “She can play on the perimeter or in the post on offense and can defend either position on defense. At 5-11, she is tall and long with the ability to post opposing teams, knock down perimeter shots, and handle the basketball as well. Few teams have a player who can do all the things she can do.”
Mohn was tasked with carrying a big load for Delton Kellogg this season, something that was reflected in her stat line.
The senior guard/forward was among the area’s leaders in scoring and rebounding, averaging a double-double at 18.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per contest. She also averaged 2.3 steals. Her career ended by finishing in the top 10 in 29 of 37 individual school records.
“Kristen will be considered one of the best basketball players in the history of Delton Kellogg,” said coach Mike Mohn. “Statistically, she has been a leader in almost every category that we keep here. On top of all that, she is perhaps the hardest working player that I have ever coached in the 17-plus years of high school coaching. Her work ethic and commitment to the sport, her school and community have been beyond expectation and she will be known as one of the best athletes to have ever worn a DK uniform.”
Boyd was the No. 2 scoring option on a talented Homer team that made a run to the Class C State Quarterfinals. She likely would be the top option on many teams.
Despite missing some games due to injury, the senior guard/forward averaged 10.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 1.0 blocks to cap off a stellar high school career.
“Alyssa is a ‘freak’ athlete, she does things that most females can not,” said coach Tom Fleming. “She was amazing in our tournament run; teams did not have an answer for her. People came to watch her play because of her abilities… I personally have known Alyssa since the day she was born, this one will be hard to say goodbye to.”
Manis is simply a stat stuffer, capable of filling the box score in numerous categories.
The speedy guard led the Trojans to the Class C State Quarterfinals in a senior season that saw her average 17.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 5.8 steals per game. Her 462 points are a single-season record for Homer, and her 151 steals ranks 26th all-time in the state of Michigan for a season. Additionally, her 1,417 career points ranks her second in school history and her 421 free throws made ranks 11th in state history. An All-State Honorable Mention selection, she will continue her career at the University of Northwestern Ohio.
“Bailey is an incredible player, she will go down as one of the greatest to ever put on a Homer jersey,” said coach Tom Fleming. “Words alone can’t explain what she has done for this program. Her stats are off the chart, but the most impressive stat was how she led her team to 21 wins and a Regional Championship. Bailey will be missed, but she will never be forgotten.”
Kiessling provided leadership to a young and talented Marshall team, helping the Redhawks run away with the Interstate Eight Conference title and a Class B district championship.
Through 19 games she scored 178 points (9.9 ppg) and pulled down 87 rebounds with 22 assists and 27 steals.
“Logan has been a three-year starter and all along she’s been the glue that keeps us together,” said coach Sal Konkle. “Logan was the best player in practice every day, worked extremely hard. She was a steadfast player for us.”
In her second varsity season, Konkle hasn’t yet reached her full potential — a scary thought for opponents in the next couple years.
The sophomore guard was among the area’s best outside shooters, giving the Redhawks another dimension in their 20-win season. Through 19 games she scored 169 points (8.9 ppg) with 74 rebounds and a team-high 40 steals. She also shot 26-of-66 (39.4 percent) from beyond the arc.
“She shot the three extremely well. Probably one of the best 3-point shooters in the area,” said coach Sal Konkle. “She’s darn tough. Her court sense is very good, and I don’t think it’s easy playing for me as my daughter, but she went after it every day with a great work ethic and a great attitude. She’s very competitive, fiery and gritty.”
Tucker was the go-to player on a 20-win team in only her sophomore season.
The forward/center was the catalyst for Marshall’s Interstate Eight Conference and district championships this season, posting a team-best 11.4 points per game. She also led the team on the glass with 129 rebounds and was second in assists with 37. For her efforts, she was selected Honorable Mention All-State in Class B.
“Nikki has got such a big upside to her — a tremendous upside,” said coach Sal Konkle. “She plays inside despite giving up size. She can shoot from the perimeter, she can dribble and can just help you win so many ways.”
Playing some stiff competition in the newly-formed Greater Lansing Athletic Conference, Olivet managed to come away with 17 wins this season, thanks in large part to Costello.
The senior guard led the Eagles in scoring in 15 of 22 games this season, averaging 13 points, 3.5 steals and 2.7 assists per game.
“Quite leader whom became our ‘go to’ player,” said coach Rob Fleming. “Tended to make big plays both offensively and defensively at the end of games in a season that was full of close games.”
The future remains bright for a perennially strong Olivet program, as Feldpausch is expected back for another two years after an outstanding sophomore campaign.
The guard was at her best in some of the biggest games of the year, including a district victory over Parma Western that saw her record 21 points. She finished the season averaging 10.1 points, 3.9 steals and 3.1 assists per contest.
“A fierce competitor who got better and better as the season went along,” said coach Rob Fleming.
Wing is a threat to post a double-double on any given night, something that she hopes to continue over the next two years of her prep career.
The standout sophomore averaged 9.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, while also utilizing her size advantage enough to record 3.5 blocks per game.
“Wing stepped up every aspect of her game this year and really proved to be our ‘go to’ player,” said coach Jenn Harty. “She led our team in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and was second in steals and assists. Rachel is really an all-around player that can handle any role asked of her. I think as the season went on she started to gain some confidence, but I believe she has only scratched the surface of her true potential.”
Hailee Hurst, Noelle Fuller (Athens); Bailey Whitcomb (Bellevue); Skyler Sobeski (Bronson); Abby Parks (Calhoun Christian); Carlee Smoker, Kendall Galloway (Coldwater); Hannah Root, Anessa Broker, Taya Bower (Colon); Lindsey VanderVeen (Delton Kellogg); Kathryn Dooley (Galesburg-Augusta); Kristen Taylor (Gull Lake); Olivia Ricketts (Maple Valley); Chelsea Tobias (Marshall); Katie Spalding (Quincy); Alexis Newbold (Tekonsha); Riley Smith, Haley Harty (Union City)