Beyond the numbers
Macey Kvilvang put up huge scoring and rebounding numbers during her high school basketball career.
But the points she denied opponents may have had just as big of an impact on the success of the North Star girls basketball team.
Kvilvang is a repeat first-teamer on the North Dakota Class B girls basketball all-state team, as selected by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Others on the first team are seniors Morgan Olson of Minot Our Redeemer's, Mikayla Reinke of state champion Kindred and Watford City's Mackenzie Sparby and junior Anna Holen of LaMoure-Litchville-Marion.
The 6-foot-5 Kvilvang had averages of 21.7 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2 assists and 4.3 blocks this season for the 26-1, state runner-up Bearcats.
"Those are numbers that show up on stat sheets,'' North Star coach Jill Vote said. "But her overall defense was huge.
"She was in the lane guarding the basket for us. Her foot speed was good for a big girl, so she could cover the whole lane. She blocked a lot of shots and she altered a lot more shots. We didn't always shoot well as a team, but our defense was always big. We built that defense around her.''
Kvilvang finished her career with 1,972 points, 1,287 rebounds and 461 blocks. She was named Class B senior player of the year and was a Miss Basketball finalist.
"Macey was very tough to stop around the basket,'' Vote said. "She also had the green light to shoot from 15 to 20 feet. She has a good outside shot and she was good off the dribble.''
Reinke, a 5-9 guard, averaged 10.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists and was the floor leader and defensive stopper for 26-0 Kindred.
Olson, a 5-8 guard and a second team all-stater as a junior, averaged 19.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists. Olson had more than 2,500 career points.
Sparby, a 6-foot center, averaged 18.5 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and 1.5 steals.
Holen, a 5-8 guard, is a repeat first-team selection. She averaged 17.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.4 blocks.
Breckheimer on second team
Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page senior Zoie Breckheimer is a second team all-state pick after the 5-4 guard averaged 14.3 points, 5.9 assists and 3.5 steals a game.
"Zoie did it all for us,'' F-S/H-P coach Laura Ihry said. "She was our floor leader and our main scorer. She could score off the drive and she could hit the three.''
Other second-team picks are:
Harmony Burns, Tri-State: The 5-7 senior averaged 16.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3 steals.
Katie Entzi, Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier: The 6-foot sophomore averaged 16 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.4 blocks.
Maara Nelson, Carrington: The 5-9 senior averaged 13.5 points, 4 rebounds and 3.5 steals.
Kari Wolfe, Harvey-Wells County: The 5-7 senior averaged 16.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.4 steals.
Taylor Roehl, Grant County: The 5-10 junior averaged 17.8 points, 7 rebounds and 4.1 assists.
Jonnah Lee, Velva-Sawyer: The 5-10 senior averaged 17 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 2.9 assists.
Abbie Jiles, Westhope-Newburg: The 5-8 sophomore, a second team pick for the second straight season, averaged 25.7 points, 8 rebounds, 7.5 steals and 3.5 assists this winter.
Brianna Honrud, Powers Lake: The 5-8 senior averaged 16.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.1 assists.
Kaity Hove, Trenton: The 5-5 freshman averaged 16.1 points, 9.1 assists, 8.4 steals and 8.2 rebounds.