GIRLS BASKETBALL: Two Thompson players make Class B all-state team
Two Thompson players have been selected to the Class B all-state girls high school basketball team. For the Tommies, that is also a what-might-have-been list.
Joining Thompson senior Shannon Galegher on the all-state first team are Fallyn Freije of Lakota-Edmore, Hannah Stewart of Minot Ryan, Rylee Nudell of Maple Valley and Faith Dooley of Central Cass. The team is chosen by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Area second-team picks are Karleigh Weber of Thompson, Kennedy Henningsgard of Hillsboro-Central Valley and North Star teammates Sarah Hagler and Allie Heisler.
Three years ago, Central Valley was looking for a school to join in a co-op. The program wound up joining Hillsboro. But Central Valley also had preliminary talks with Thompson.
Had that co-op been arranged, Henningsgard, Galegher and Weber would have been teammates, rather than opponents when Thompson beat Hillsboro-CV in the past two Region 2 championship games.
“There were some discussions between the schools (Thompson and Central Valley) for awhile,” said Jason Brend, the Thompson girls basketball coach and the school’s former athletic director. “They were pretty preliminary. They really didn’t go far.
“We’ve had our own successes the last few years. But Kennedy certainly would have fit in. It would have been a pretty potent lineup. You do wonder if all three would be all-staters now. Three all-staters on one team doesn’t happen very often.”
Galegher led Thompson with averages of 16.7 points and 9.9 rebounds. She finished her career with 1,551 points and 1,091 rebounds. Weber averaged 12.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.8 assists. She had 1,418 career points.
“Shannon is a really good mid-range player,” Brend said. “She really improved her shooting this year. And with her quickness and athleticism, she’s really good at attacking the basket. She’s a great finisher.
“Karleigh played with a bulldog mentality. She’s fearless; she isn’t afraid to take the big shot or attack the paint against 6-footers. She’s a very consistent shooter from the 3-point line in, and she created not only for herself but for teammates.”
Henningsgard averaged 15.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.4 steals. The senior, who also was a second team all-state pick as a sophomore, finished with 1,556 career points.
“Kennedy didn’t have the big scoring numbers,” Burros coach Keith Meyer said. “But she did so many other things. She handled the ball most of the time, she got the tougher defensive assignments, she scored when her opportunities were there and she did a good job of feeding other players. And I don’t think anybody had more floor burns than Kennedy.”
Freije unanimous pick
Freije is the lone unanimous pick on the all-state team. The 6-foot junior is a first-team selection for the third straight season. Freije averaged 19.5 points, 10.7 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 2.7 blocks and 2 steals. She has 1,827 career points and 954 career rebounds.
“We get the ball to Fallyn all the time,” Lakota-Edmore coach Duane Connell said. “She is our No. 1 player and she works harder than any player I have ever coached. Our team revolves around her. She is not hesitant to shoot when the game is on the line.”
Stewart, a 6-2 junior, also repeats as a first-team selection. Stewart averaged 23 points and 11.2 rebounds for the Lions, who for the second straight season won the Class B state title while going undefeated.
Nudell, a 5-10 sophomore who was a second-team pick last season, averaged 22 points, 12 rebounds and 3.5 steals. With 1,939 points, she broke the school’s scoring record (1,800 points) this season held by her mother Rhonda (Schneekloth) Nudell.
Dooley, a 6-3 senior who has signed to play volleyball at UND, averaged 20 points, 12.2 rebounds and 5.7 blocks this season.
North Star lands two
After landing two players on the Class B boys all-state second team (Alex Weston and Christian Kvilvang), North Star has two second-teamers on the B girls team.
The 5-9 Heisler, who was named Region 4 senior player of the year, averaged 18.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.6 steals. Hagler, a 5-11 junior, averaged 19.1 points, 9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.8 steals.
“Sarah is taller and physically stronger than Allie, so we used her inside. She’s really quick; that helped her around the basket,” Bearcats coach Sherri Miller said. “We used Allie more on the outside. She loves to drive and get to the basket.”
Other second-team picks are:
- Hailee Farstveet, Beach: The 5-10 senior averaged 14.4 points and 5.4 rebounds. She was named Class B and Region 7 senior athlete of the year and earned second team honors as a sophomore and junior.
- Gabbie Bohl, Minot Ryan: The 6-2 junior, a repeat second-team pick, averaged 18.6 points and 7.5 rebounds.
- Karlie Schroeder, New Salem-Almont: The 5-5 guard won the Region 5 senior athlete of the year award. She averaged 20.6 points and 4.1 assists.
- Mattie Schmitt, Towner-Granville-Upham: The 5-11 Schmitt was named Region 6 senior athlete of year after averaging 20.1 points and 10.5 rebounds.
- Katie Mogen, Watford City: The 5-9 sophomore averaged 17.7 points and 8.4 rebounds.
- Bailey Waldal, Beach: The 5-foot-6 senior averaged 15.6 points and 6.4 rebounds.
- Hannah Jacobs, Divide County: The 5-10 junior averaged 20 points and 15 rebounds.