Grafton's Sieben, Thompson's Hughes highlight North Dakota Class B all-state girls basketball team

Sieben and Hughes are both three-time all-state selections. Schanilec, Rainbow, Neppl each receive second-team honors.

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Grafton guard Carlee Sieben yells to her teammates tin the first quarter of the N.D. Class B Region 2 girls basketball championship game against Thompson Thursday night at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Familiar names was the theme for the North Dakota Class B all-state girls basketball team, which was announced Monday.

Grafton's Carlee Sieben and Thompson's Mackenzie Hughes both became three-time all-state selections with this year's first-team honors.

Other first-team all-state selections, as chosen by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, were Kindred's Abby Duchscherer, Hettinger-Scranton's Sam Oase and Westhope-Newburg's Ellie Braaten.

Oase was named Miss Basketball.

Area second-team all-state picks were Ezura Rainbow of Four Winds-Minnewaukan, Elizabeth Schanilec of Midway-Minto and Quinn Neppl of Benson County.


Other all-state second-team picks were Abbey Kubas of Dickinson Trinity, Madelyn Schmidt of Kidder County, Hailey Quam of Wilton-Wing, Alyssa St. Pierre of Trenton, Decontee Smith of Central Cass, Megan Roob of Richland and Sadie Hansen of Oakes.

Hughes, a Miss Basketball finalist, was a second-team choice as a sophomore before earning first-team honors each of the past two seasons. As a 5-foot-5 senior point guard, she shot 46.4 percent from the floor and finished with averages of 18.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 4.7 steals per game.

For Hughes' career, she scored 1,592 points, grabbed 430 rebounds, passed out 332 assists and snagged 433 steals.

Sieben, a 5-8 senior point guard, was elevated to a first-team choice after two years as a second-team pick.

As a senior, Sieben scored 20.1 points per game while shooting 54 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3-point range. She averaged 6.0 assists, 3.7 steals and 2.5 rebounds per game.

Sieben was a five-year starter for the Spoilers, who went 103-23 in her career and finished as state champions in 2021 and state runner-up in 2020.

Sieben ends her playing career with 2,086 points, the all-time leading scorer in Spoiler history. She's also the school's career leader in assists and steals.

Rainbow, a 5-10 junior center, finished with averages of 16.2 points, 11.6 rebounds. 3.8 blocks and 2.8 assists per game for Four Winds-Minnewaukan, which lost to Langdon in the Region 4 championship game.


Schanilec, a 5-8 senior point guard, averaged 22.5 points per game while shooting 52.6 percent from the field. She also averaged 6.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.8 steals.

Schanilec finished her career with 1,527 points.

Neppl, a 5-8 junior guard, averaged 22.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.0 assists per game.

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019 and 2022.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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