Detroit Free Press girls basketball dream team
5 feet 6, senior guard
Averaged 23 points per game, 4.4 rebounds and 3.6 steals. A tough, hard-nosed player, she was able to come up with the big pass or big basket during her varsity career. A finalist for Miss Basketball.
Sevillian: “I have really enjoyed my time playing at Goodrich. I wouldn’t want to have played or been anywhere else. Goodrich has provided me an opportunity to excel academically and athletically. I’ve been fortunate to play with some talented players during my career at Goodrich; they have all set great examples of hard work and leadership. I tried to emulate those traits as much as possible. My coaches and teammates helped make this season one that I’ll never forget.”
Coach Jason Gray: “We can really look and say she had to do more of everything in her senior year than anybody else.”
5-9, Sr. G (captain)
The senior point guard scored 851 points this season, second in state history. Her 72 points against Buchanan in the district opener was a state record. She finished her career with 2,827 points, also second in state history. She was the fourth U-M signee to win the Miss Basketball Award. She averaged 40.5 points per game this season.
Gondrezick: “I really came into my own this summer. My entire life I played alongside my sister Kalabrya. I finally understood who Kysre was and what type of basketball player that I want to be and what my strengths and weaknesses were. Playing for Michigan Crossover, I identified all that.”
Coach Lisa Harvey-Gondrezick: “Kysre’s skill sets provide an arsenal of attack off the dribble, midrange shots and a three-point perimeter threat. Her IQ of the game enhances the showcase of others by her precision passing abilities and court recognition in transition and half-court. She’s an amazing talent to watch.”
6-0, Sr. G-F
An amazing talent, the all-around star recorded two quadruple-doubles during the season. Averaged 23 points, 15 rebounds, six assists, three blocked shots and three steals. Finished second in Miss Basketball voting. Signed with Michigan State.
Cook: “I thought I had a good senior year. I increased my scoring average. I wanted to average 25 points per game, but I fell a little short. My points and assists went up. I enjoyed my career at Muskegon, and I have a lot of great memories.”
Coach Rodney Walker: “Mardrekia Cook is one of the most gifted players that I have ever coached. She has a very high basketball IQ. Mardrekia is a really good student of the game of basketball. Being a student of the game will help her be very successful on the college level. I truly believe that she has not tapped into her full potential. Her ability to be effective at every position on the floor is truly an asset in the game of basketball.”
Bay City Glenn
6-4, Sr. C
A force in the middle all season, Boensch was dominant at both ends, averaging 12.2 rebounds, 17.8 points and 5.9 blocked shots. Led team to Class B Final Four. Committed to Grand Valley State.
Boensch: “We worked so hard to get here and be at the finals. It has been an amazing season.”
Coach Cory Snider: “She has done everything the right way, and she has put herself in a position to represent our school and community in the right way. She deserved to be a Miss Basketball candidate.”
5-9, Jr. PG
She took the Class A state tournament by storm, averaging 27 points a game in the playoffs, including 35 points in the semifinals and 27 in the championship game, to give Cousino its first state title. On the season, she averaged 24 points, 9.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 4.2 steals.
Fletcher: “I just want to have a basketball IQ. It doesn’t really matter how much I score. I do whatever I have to do to win. Sometimes Coach (Mike) Lee kind of tells me I have to be more selfish, but that’s just not who I am. I get hyped when another person on my team makes a play, it gets me going.”
Coach Mike Lee: “She can score at will, but she’s also the first one to say that she will take an assist over a bucket. But when she knows that the game is on the line, she wants the ball in her hands, and that’s what winners and competitors do. She’s a very unselfish player as well as a great student and a great kid.”
Led the Patriots to their first state title, posting a 23-4 record and putting the Macomb Area County school on the basketball map. Has a seven-year record of 126-41 and brings back one of the state’s best players next year in Kierra Fletcher and a top sophomore in Kate McArthur.
Lee: “The girls put in the work over the summer, and I just thought this group had a chance to win a state title. They believed in each other. I couldn’t be any prouder of the girls and our community. They made the sacrifice.”