Sixty percent of the 2019 All-Register Girls’ Basketball Team is Bobcats as seniors Michaela Jewett – the Player of the Year – and Ava Burns are joined by junior Johanna Miller.
Deubrook Area senior Shaylee DeBeer and Flandreau junior Hannah Parsley round out the honor squad.
Jewett is on the All-Register team for the third time and was honored as POY for the second consecutive season. Parsley is a two-time honoree.
Brookings had a breakthrough year, going 14-4 in the regular season.
The fifth-seeded Bobcats crushed Douglas 75-47 in the SoDak 16 to qualify for state for the first time since 2008. Jewett (32/11) and Miller (21/12) both posted double-doubles, combining for 53 points and 23 rebounds, in that game.
Brookings fell 68-37 to eventual-champion Brandon Valley in the first round of the Class AA State Tournament in Rapid City. Then they dropped a 61-41 decision to top-seeded Sioux Falls O’Gorman in the consolation semifinals and lost 45-43 to Sioux Falls Washington in the seventh-place game.
The Fliers finished the year 16-6, earning a share of the Big East Conference regular-season title and taking third in the league tourney.
Flandreau beat Madison 64-36 in the Region 2A semifinals to advance to the SoDak 16 as the No. 10 seed. Five-time defending state champion St. Thomas More dropped Flandreau 56-42 in the game to go to state.
The Dolphins ended up 16-5 and finished second in both the Dakota Valley Conference regular-season standings and tournament.
Deubrook defeated James Valley Christian, 58-30, in the Region 3B quarterfinals but fell 55-41 to Castlewood in the semis.
The five-player All-Register team is made up of three seniors and two juniors.
No nominations were received from Elkton-Lake Benton, Estelline/Hendricks, Colman-Egan, Lake Preston or Arlington.
The Dakota Wesleyan commit was a team captain while helping the Bobcats earn a state tournament berth.
Burns averaged 7.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
“Ava’s offensive numbers were down a little bit this year because she took on the role of guarding the opposing team’s best player,” said coach Mitch McLagan. “I was really impressed with how unselfish Ava was to accept this role and thrive in it.
“Ava has the ability to score but she was more concerned with defending and distributing the basketball. Her toughness showed when Michaela was sick and we needed someone else to step up and score. She ended up having a career-high scoring night at Pierre, scoring 22 points.
“We look forward to watching Ava continue to excel next year at DWU.”
Burns was on the Academic All-State team.
DeBeer had a big year for the Dolphins, earning All-Dakota Valley Conference first-team honors for the second consecutive season while being voted co-MVP.
She averaged 17 points, 7.5 rebounds, four assists, two steals and 1.5 blocks per game.
“Shay is the catalyst to our team’s success as the point guard on offense with her ability to stretch the floor with her quickness,” said coach Brad DeBeer. “She is one of the most selfless players I have ever coached and has a very high basketball IQ.
“Shay’s athleticism allowed her to do things with the basketball that allowed her teammates to have success, as well.
“I feel Shay’s best years in basketball are still ahead of her.”
The Academic All-State honoree, who has a 3.975 GPA, is committed to Dakota State, where she’ll compete on the hardwood and in track & field.
“I feel so blessed to be able to have been a small part of Shaylee’s athletic successes, and her dad, as well.”
DeBeer was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at Deubrook. She ended her career with 883 points, 302 boards, 142 dimes and 148 steals.
The Dolphins posted a combined 62-24 record the last four seasons.
Jewett is the Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. She also earned POY honors in volleyball, as the Bobcats qualified for state in both sports.
Jewett was a three-time All-Register selection in basketball and volleyball.
She was a Class AA All-State first-team honoree as a senior and second-team pick as a junior.
Jewett was also a three-time All-Eastern South Dakota Conference performer.
She was honored on the Academic All-State squad.
The Most Improved Bobcat was an integral part of Brookings’ standout season.
She was a force inside, averaging 10.8 points and seven rebounds per contest.
“Johanna is a really nice basketball player,” McLagan said. “She has worked incredibly hard on her craft and it definitely showed in her junior season. She has a special ability with her size and foot speed that makes her really dangerous.
“She is a type of player that will be able to play at the next level because of her work ethic, strength and ability to run the floor.
“Johanna has worked very hard on her game with her back to the basket and it really showed up this year. She was a key reason why we were so good in transition. We are very excited to have her back to lead us next year.”
Parsley filled up the stat sheet and led the Fliers to the brink of a state tourney bid.
She earned Class A All-State first-team recognition.
The guard averaged a double-double of 18.5 points and 10.2 rebounds while adding five assists and 4.8 steals. She shot 53 percent from the field and 79 percent at the free-throw line.
Parsley broke the school records for points (394) and assists (107) in a season. She also broke the single-game school record for points (32).
She topped the 1,000-point mark for her career.
“Statistically, Hannah put together one of the best seasons in Flandreau girls’ basketball history,” said coach Megan Severtson. “Last offseason, she spent a lot of time making sure her game improved and in return, our team reaped the benefits.
“She was able to score in a number of ways, but what I don’t think was talked about enough was her rebounding and defense. She has the natural ability to find the ball and make plays.
“In her junior year, I saw an increase in maturity. Because of this increase in maturity, she made better decisions – fouling less and being on the court more. I’m excited to see what she can accomplish next year during her senior season.”
Parsley is a two-time All-Register selection.
She made the All-Lake Central Conference and All-Big East Conference teams.