JACKSON – Let’s play basketball.
After months of delays and restrictions, we’ve finally resumed basketball games this week and there should be some fun games to watch. Before we dive into the action on the court, let’s take a look at some of the best Jackson-area basketball players we should all be watching this winter.
MLive and the Jackson Citizen Patriot have compiled a list of some of the best returning female basketball players to watch this season and we want to know which player is ready for the best season in 2021.
Readers have until 9 a.m. on Friday to vote for their top pick and the winner will be announced in a separate message.
Below is the list of nominees.
LEXUS BARGESSER, LAKE D’HERBE
The Warriors’ quick guard already has more than 30 scholarship offers on his resume after an explosive summer league season for the Michigan Premier team. In his sophomore for the Warriors, Bargesser averaged 19.1 points, 3.7 assists, 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game and is expected to be an electric playmaker as his game continues to evolve. .
GWEN ROGOZINSKI, STOCKBRIDGE
The junior point guard averaged 20.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.9 steals for the Panthers last season. The playmaker showed her impact on the game when she scored 41 points in a game against Lake Odessa Lakewood on February 21, 2020, in which she broke a school record of eight field goals by 3 points and was an integral part of the team. first GLAC conference championship since 2007.
SHEA TRIPP, CENTER OF MICHIGAN
The Wayne State University engagement averaged 14.4 points, seven rebounds, 3.3 steals, 2.5 assists and 3.3 steals to lead the Cardinals in all statistical categories. She shot 60% from 2-point baskets and 86.3% from the free throw line. The senior center will be seen as the Cardinals’ go-to performer as the majority of the starting lineup leaves the program and Tripp will be more than up to the task.
SHELTER CABANA, LAKE OF GRASS
The future Grand Valley State Laker is one of the state’s most complete players with her skills as a goalscorer, distributor and defender. As a junior, Cabana averaged 19.8 points per game, 5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 3 steals for the Warriors while shooting 88% from the free throw line and 37% on attempts. of 3 points and broke the school record for points in a career with 1170.
HILLARY GRIFFIN, WEST PARMA
The junior forward has proven to be a central part of Western’s race to an Interstate Eight Conference championship. She finished with 319 points, 56 steals, 20 blocks and 44 assists and will likely see an increased role by 2021.
ZOIE BAMM, CENTRAL COLUMBIA
The sophomore center was one of the Jackson area’s most dominant post players as a rookie for the Golden Eagles last season, averaging 12 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks per game and finished with 11 doubles doubles and two 20 points, 20 – rebound games.
GABRIELLE LUTCHKA, GRASS LAKE
The junior forward averaged 14.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, two steals and 1.6 assists per game for the Warriors. The edged playmaker broke the MHSAA record for most 3-point field goals in a game with 16 in a 56-point performance against Manchester last season.
MAYA PIERCE, JACKSON
The Vikings junior averaged 11.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game last season and will be the go-to performer heading into her junior season.
EMMA SMIESKA, LESLIE
The Blackhawks junior wing averaged 14.5 points, eight rebounds, 3.5 steals and shot 50.4 percent from the field to win all GLAC conference honors. She will likely graduate from Leslie as the all-time leader of the rebound and steal program.
TAIYA FLETCHER, CENTRAL COLOMBIA
The Siena Heights University engagement averaged 11.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.7 steals per game last season. The senior wing recorded a career-high 29 points in the team’s semi-final victory over Vandercook Lake on March 4, 2020.
TOMMI FEDEWA, LESLIE
The senior Blackhawks averaged 9.3 points per game and shot 76.5% from the free throw line, setting a single-season record for Leslie.
GRACE HALL, STOCKBRIDGE
The Panthers junior averaged 7.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per game last season.
MACKENZIE BAKER, JONESVILLE
The Comets junior averaged 11.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game and was named the Big Eight Conference all-conference first team for two consecutive seasons.
LAYNE SLEIGHT, JACKSON NORTHWEST
The Mounties junior guard will be considered a go-to performer this season after breaking onto the scene as a key contributor last season.
OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH
Mary Crowley, Jackson Northwest
Madison Kauffman, Springport
Mallory Anspaugh, Jackson Northwest
Madison Neitzke, Jackson Northwest
Brynn Mericle, East Jackson
Alyna Lewis, Parma Western
Reece Hitt, Parma Western
Tadessa Brown, Columbia Central
Kenadee Tompkins, Columbia Central
Emma Round, Jonesville
Ryann Overweg, Springport
Khyia Hunt, Lumen Christi
Anna Doane, Lumen Christi
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