USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the 2015-16 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Nebraska Girls Basketball Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2015-16 season.
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COACH OF THE YEAR
Aaron Losing, Crofton
Losing has a terrible name for a basketball coach, but his teams have done little but win. The Warriors captured their fifth consecutive Class C-2 state championship, just one short of tying the state record of six straight titles. Crofton edged West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic in the title game, 46-43, gaining revenge against the team that had both ended Crofton’s 57-game winning streak and beaten the Warriors in their conference tournament.
Player of the Year
Rylie Cascio Jensen, G, Fremont, 5-10, Sr.
The state’s Gatorade Player of the Year, Jensen emerged as a scorer this year and paced the Tigers (21-7) in virtually every statistical category: points (22.0), rebounds (7.4), assists (3.6) and steals (2.6). A South Dakota commit, she was also selected as captain of the Lincoln Journal Star Super-State team.
Chloe Akin-Otiko, G, Bellevue West, 5-8, Sr.
Akin-Otiko, who will run track at Kansas, led the Thunderbirds to the Class A semifinals with 18.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
Payton Brotzki, F/G, Platteview (Springfield), 5-11, So.
Brotzki showed that she was fully recovered from a freshman knee injury, averaging 24.2 points and 3.6 steals for the 25-1 Trojans.
Skyler Snider, F, Kearney, 5-10, Sr.
The Seton Hall signee broke the school career scoring record, averaging 20.4 points per game as a senior.
Taylor Kissinger, G, Minden, 6-0, Jr.
Kissinger lost a dozen games to a broken shooting wrist but was spectacular when she returned, pouring in 28.8 points per game.
Quinn Weidemann, G, Omaha Westside, 5-8, So.
Paige Piatkowski, G/F, Elkhorn South (Omaha), 6-0, Sr.
Philomena Lammers, F, Millard West (Omaha), 5-10, Sr.
Monica Arens, F, Crofton, 5-10, Sr.
Grace Barry, G, Lincoln East, 5-7, Sr.