Here’s the top area girls basketball players for Minnesota for the 2015-16 season.
Sam Haiby – Moorhead – Guard – Sophomore
If she stays healthy, there’s no reason Sam Haiby won’t finish her high school career with the most points of any basketball player at Moorhead. She got her 1,000th point of her career in her 16th game of her sophomore season with Kelsey Jacobson’s 1,644 being the school record for girls basketball and Aaron Lien’s 1,886 being the school record for boys at Moorhead.
Haiby averaged 20.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5 assists, 3.56 steals a game for Moorhead this season. She shot 72 percent from the free-throw line, 46 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3-point land.
Emma Schmidt – Wheaton-Herman-Norcross – Guard – Sophomore
The only area girls basketball team to win a section championship this season was Wheaton-Herman-Norcross. Emma Schmidt was a big reason for getting the Warriors to their first state tournament since 1987.
She averaged 11.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.4 steals and 5 assists in the regular season for the Warriors. She helped get the Warriors to the state semifinals and a fourth-place finish in Class 1A.
Alyson Brenna – Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton – Forward – Senior
Alyson Brenna led D-G-F in points, 3-pointers, free throws and blocked shots. She averaged 13.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.4 steals a game for a 28-2 D-G-F team that lost in the section championship.
She hit 32 percent of her 3-pointers and 82 percent of her free throws. She’ll head to Minnesota State Moorhead for basketball next season.
Mackenzie Korf – Pelican Rapids – Guard – Senior
Mackenzie Korf averaged 18.3 points, 6.7 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 steals in her senior season. She eclipsed 2,000 points for her career and shot 46 percent from the field and 38 percent from beyond the 3-point line for the Vikings.
She’s off to St. Cloud State next season for basketball.
Morgan Miller – Ada-Borup – Forward – Senior
Morgan Miller was a nightmare for defenders. She’s tall, but is a sprinter in track. She averaged 14 points and 6.5 rebounds a game to go along with 60 steals and 57 blocks this season.
This basketball season snapped a streak of nine straight high school seasons with Miller competing at state in either volleyball, basketball or track.
FIRST OFF THE BENCH
Natalie Steichen – Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton – Sophomore – Guard
Natalie Steichen was the floor general for Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. She averaged more than 11 points, four rebounds, 2.5 assists and nearly three steals a game, while shooting 30 percent from 3-point land.
She played more than 750 minutes in 29 games this season.
Lexi Nelson – Ada-Borup – Guard – Senior
Lexi Nelson averaged 12 points, 4 assists and 3.5 rebounds a game for Ada-Borup this season and had 94 steals. She held everything in check for Ada-Borup offensively and defensively.
Shania Glenz – Verndale – Guard – Junior
No player in Verndale history has more points than Shania Glenz’s 1,574 of her career. And she’s only a junior.
Glenz averaged 17.1 points and 7.3 rebounds a game. She shot 46.8 percent from the field and averaged 2 assists and 2.8 steals a game for the Pirates.
Elizabeth Birkemeyer – Ada-Borup – Guard – Junior
Nicole Herbranson – Barnesville – Guard – Sophomore
Peyton Boom – Barnesville – Center – Junior
Katie Rilla – Battle Lake – Forward – Senior
Ally Christensen – Breckenridge – Guard – Senior
Kenzie LeNoue – Breckenridge – Forward – Senior
Katie Freericksen – Breckenridge – Forward – Senior
Grace Swenson – Detroit Lakes – Forward – Senior
Ally Reno – Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton – Forward – Senior
Anna Smith – Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton – Center – Senior
Mira Ellefson – Hawley – Forward – Senior
Courtney Dague – Henning – Guard – Senior
Brooke Tonsfeldt – Moorhead – Forward – Junior
Grace Forsgren – Pelican Rapids – Forward – Senior
Maria Rutten – Perham – Forward – Senior
Jordyn Glenz – Verndale – Forward – Senior
Sarah Moenkedick – Verndale – Guard – Senior
Abby Van Kempen – West Central Area – Senior
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