Michaela Jewett and the Bobcats made history this season.
And the senior repeated as Register Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year.
“It was really good,” she said of the season. “I feel like we all synergized really well and it just all came together. It was a good season.”
Brookings won 14 of its 18 regular-season games and then drubbed Douglas 75-47 in the SoDak 16 to qualify for state for the first time since 2008. Jewett posted a double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds against the Patriots.
“It was huge, not just for us as players putting a lot of time in but just everyone around us – the community and everyone,” Jewett said of getting to state, where she earned all-tournament honors.
Jewett became the first Bobcat since 1985 to score 1,000 career points.
The list of accolades she racked up is quite long.
Notably, Jewett was a two-time Class AA All-State performer, including a first-team selection in 2019. She earned a spot on the All-Eastern South Dakota Conference squad three times.
Jewett made numerous all-star squads and was an Academic All-State honoree.
“It’s been awesome. I can’t thank my coaches, my parents, my teammates and everyone enough for that, too,” she said.
Jewett led all Class AA players in points (19) and rebounds (10.7) per game in 2018-19.
“She is going to go down as one of the best girls’ basketball players in Brookings history,” said Bobcat head coach Mitch McLagan. “And when you think of a lot of the names that have come through, it’s pretty special.
“She’s an extremely unselfish basketball player; she’s so versatile – she’s able to beat people inside; she’s able to shoot it from the outside. She’s a very tough matchup at the high school level.
“With her attitude and work ethic, she’s going to have a lot of success playing at the next level and we’re excited to follow her and watch her.”
Jewett is continuing her education and basketball career at Augustana.
“Both my parents graduated from Augie and the head coach there (Dave Krauth) has known me ever since I’ve been a baby, so it’s just always kind of been in my blood and it’s always a place I’ve known and I liked it a lot,” she said.
Krauth has been at the helm of the Vikings for 30 years.
While Jewett will be missed at BHS, she has helped build the program – on and off the hardwood.
“She’s been such a great leader in our community,” added McLagan. “You know, she works at Dakota Prairie and when she’s in there, she’s kind of a celebrity and the kids really get excited to see her and she handles that so well where she embraces all the kids.
“She’s been so good for our program, she’s going to help us – what she’s done for Brookings basketball will be felt for quite a while. And I don’t think she probably realizes that, but that’s the type of player she was on the court.
“What she is off the court, it’s kind of what I said about how she’s kind of embraced that celebrity role and has turned it into really good things – the student she is; her GPA; the community service she’s put in. There is not really a bad thing to say about her, she’s excelled in everything.
“And her teammates respected her – when she’s on the floor, she’s basically another coach for us.
“So we’re going to miss her. We’re obviously very happy for her to win that award and all the awards that have come with it. But that’s not the reason she played. You know, that was the most remarkable thing – she gets all these awards, but her goal was to win a state championship.”