HCV's Taylor Henningsgard, L-A-E's Fallyn Freije Headline Class B Girls All-State First TeamHillsboro-Central Valley senior Taylor Henningsgard and Lakota-Adams-Edmore sophomore Fallyn Freije have been voted to the North Dakota Class B girls basketball all-state first team.
By: Tim Chapman, Minot Daily News, WDAZ
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — It is fitting that undefeated state champion Minot Ryan has the most players of any team represented on this year's Class B girls all-state teams as voted by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
It is also fitting that the state tournament's most valuable player, Ryan sophomore Hannah Stewart, leads three Lion selections with her spot on the first team. The 6-foot-2 forward averaged 21.9 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.7 steals and 3.2 blocks for the 27-0 Lions.
Stewart is joined on the first team by Central Cass senior Hannah Breske, Hillsboro-Central Valley senior Taylor Henningsgard, Lakota-Adams-Edmore sophomore Fallyn Freije and Grant County senior Ashley Bentz.
"I think she's just gotten mentally tougher," said Julie Stewart, Ryan's coach and Hannah's mother. "She's played with a lot of confidence this year and she played with a lot of consistency."
Stewart recorded game highs of 27 points and 11 rebounds in the 54-50 championship win over Central Cass. Playing alongside second-team all-state selections Anika Rovig and Gabbie Bohl, Stewart demanded the most attention with her dominant physical play in the post and the development of her mid-range game.
"She's got really good hands and I think that's just really nice to have that sort of target," Julie Stewart said.
Breske — the District 2, Region 1 and co-Class B senior-athlete of the year — helped the Squirrels to the state championship game for the third time in four years. She was a second-team selection in 2012 and finished her career with 1,546 points, 470 rebounds, 199 assists and 124 blocks. Breske will play for North Dakota State University.
"She's just a phenomenal basketball player and a team leader," Central Cass coach Ryan Mears said. "Just her love of the game and time she puts in you can really see.
"She never got rattled, never got too excited, never got too down. She was just always focused."
Henningsgard, a 5-7 guard, shared the Class B senior-athlete of the year honor with Breske and is a first-team pick for the second time. Henningsgard averaged 14.2 points, 6.7 assists, four rebounds and 2.7 steals on her way to being named the Region 2 player of the year. She finished with 1,651 career points.
"The strength she has is in her ball handling and her vision and her ability to keep everyone involved," H-CV coach Rick Sondrol said. "She shoots a high percentage but she doesn't take a lot of shots. Her passing is phenomenal."
Freije, who joins Stewart as the only underclassmen voted first team, was also a first-team selection as a freshman. The Raiders' top threat averaged 16.9 points, 9.5 rebounds and three blocks.
"This year, playing with her older sister, they had such a connection those two playing together," L-A-E coach Jon Berg said. "It's like they knew what they were going to do. Still having Fallyn coming back and everything she brings to the table is a huge building block there. Everything we do is going to be focusing on her one way or another."
Senior sister Ashtin Freije was named to the second team.
Bentz rounds out the first team after averaging 20 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and six steals for the Coyotes, who won Region 5 and took eighth at state. She was a first-team selection in 2012 and second team in 2011.
"Being at the state tournament for the first time this year was really amazing and to make first team again this year is just kind of icing on the cake," Bentz said.
— Rylee Nudell, Maple Valley: The 5-10 freshman averaged 23 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and three assists for the Region 1 runner-up. Nudell has already scored more than 1,300 career points.
— Cassie Thompson, Grafton: The 5-10 senior averaged 24.1 points, 11.2 rebounds, 5.8 steals and 3.4 assists. She finished with 1,414 career points and 1,042 rebounds and was named District 4 senior athlete of the year. Thompson won a state title with the Spoilers in 2012 and will play for Northern State University (S.D.).
— Karleigh Weber, Thompson: The 5-4 junior averaged 12 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 steals, 3.1 assists and surpassed the 1,000-career points mark. She hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Tommies to third place at the state tournament.
— Sheridon Dewald, Napoleon: The 5-7 senior averaged 19.5 points and 5.9 rebounds and finished her career as the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,079 points. The five-year starter is a second-team selection for the third time.
— Kendra Weigel, Napoleon: The 5-6 senior averaged 15.6 points, four steals and 3.9 assists for the fourth-place finishers at state. The versatile guard had 1,512 career points.
— Ashtin Freije, Lakota-Adams-Edmore: The 5-8 senior averaged 12.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, six assists and 3.7 steals for the Region 4 runner-up. She was named the Region 4 senior athlete of the year.
— Hailee Farstveet, Beach: The 5-9 junior averaged 15.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Region 7 champion. The two-time all-state selection was a unanimous selection for the District 13 and Region 7 teams. The Buccaneers finished sixth at state.
— Gabbie Bohl, Minot Ryan: The 6-2 sophomore averaged 14.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and shot 64 percent from the field.
— Anika Rovig, Minot Ryan: The 5-10 junior averaged 11.1 points and 7.1 assists as the top facilitator in a roster filled with scorers.
— McKayla Haugeberg, Watford City: The 5-7 senior averaged 15.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 5.8 steals to pace the Wolves to a spot in the region championship. She finished her career with more than 1,000 points and was the Region 8 senior-athlete of the year.
— Sara Schwanke, Benson County: The 5-6 senior averaged 15.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 3.1 steals and 1.7 blocks. Her turnaround jump shot was a key weapon for the sixth-place Wildcats' state run