Not many people get the key to their city, let alone a high schooler.
But Kysre Gondrezick got that honor this week in Benton Harbor, Mich., when she was recognized at a city commission meeting and received multiple standing ovations.
The 5-9 basketball star became the first Benton Harbor player to win Miss Basketball, given by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan and the Detroit Free Press annually since 1981. She also won the Gatorade State Player of the Year.
In voting for the award, she more than tripled the first-place votes of runner-up Mardrekia Cook. She totaled 4,887 points, Muskegon’s Cook had 2,900 and third-place finisher Alexis Sevillian of Goodrich had 2,245 points.
A Michigan signee, Gondrezick averaged 40.5 points per game as a senior and set the state’s single-game record when she poured in 72 in an 80-72 double overtime victory against Buchanan. She scored 851 points this season, second only to Michigan State redshirt senior Jasmine Hines, who scored 935 points for Central Lake in the 2009-10 season.
Gondrezick’s career total of 2,827 points also is second to Hines (3,034).
“I just wanted Benton Harbor to be good again,” Gondrezick told the packed house, according to WSJM.