Freije tops ‘B’ all-state squad
FARGO — Unanimous selection Fallyn Freije of Lakota-Edmore leads a group of five players named to the North Dakota Class B girls basketball all-state first team.
The team, selected by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, also includes Hannah Stewart of Minot Ryan, Rylee Nudell of Maple Valley, Shannon Galegher of Thompson and Faith Dooley of Central Cass.
Freije, a 6-foot junior forward, is making her third straight appearance on the first team. Freije averaged 18.1 points, 10 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game, helping the Raiders to a 20-7 record and a fifth-place finish at the Class B state tournament.
“We get the ball to Fallyn all the time,” Lakota Edmore head coach Duane Connell said. “She is our No. 1 player and she works harder than any player I have ever coached. Our team revolves around her. She is not hesitant to shoot when the game is on the line.”
Stewart, a 6-2 junior forward, also repeats as a first-team selection from a year ago. Stewart averaged 23 points and 11.2 rebounds per game for the Lions, who for the second straight season won the Class B state title while going undefeated.
Stewart, a 64 percent shooter from the field, scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Ryan’s 59-54 win over Bismarck Shiloh Christian in the state championship game.
“She has developed more of a perimeter game this season,” Ryan head coach Julie Stewart said of her daughter. “Her basketball IQ has improved as well. She has learned to use her size so well and has worked very hard at getting stronger, more physical and a little more patient with her post moves.”
Nudell, a 5-10 sophomore forward, made the climb to the first team after being a second-team honoree as a freshman. Nudell averaged 22 points, 12 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game for the Raiders. She also broke the school’s scoring record (1,800 points) this season held by her mother Rhonda (Nudell) Schneekloth. Nudell currently sits at 1,939 points.
“Rylee has been consistently getting better every year,” Maple Valley head coach Jeff Miller said. “That’s the most exciting thing about her. She works hard at getting better every day.”
Galegher and Dooley — both seniors — are first-time all-state honorees.
Dooley, a 6-3 center, is signed to play volleyball at the University of North Dakota, but emerged as a standout prep basketball player the last two seasons. Dooley, the Region 1 senior athlete of the year, shot 58 percent from the field and averaged 20 points, 12.2 rebounds and 5.7 blocks per game.
“Faith was just as important for us on the defensive end of the court as the offensive end,” Central Cass head coach Ryan Mears said. “She took a lot of things away from teams. It is very rare to see a girl with the combination of her size and athletic ability.”
Galegher, a 5-10 center, averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds per game for the Tommies. She also won District 3 and Region 2 senior athlete of the year honors.
“Shannon’s biggest asset is her athleticism,” Thompson head coach Jason Brend said. “She has the ability to post up with her back to the basket, but when she is at her best, she is around the edges of the paint attacking the rim. She is a great finisher.”
Second-team selections are:
— Karleigh Weber, Thompson: The 5-4 senior guard averaged 13 ppg and 4.6 rpg for the Tommies.
— Hailee Farstveet, Beach: The 5-10 senior guard averaged 14.4 ppg and 5.4 rpg. She was named Class B and Region 7 senior athlete of the year and earned second team honors as a sophomore and junior.
— Sarah Hagler, North Star: The 5-11 junior guard averaged 19.1 ppg and nine rebounds per game.
— Gabbie Bohl, Minot Ryan: The 6-2 junior forward averaged 18.6 ppg and 7.5 rpg. She was a second-team honoree a year ago.
— Karlie Schroeder, New Salem-Almont: The 5-5 senior guard won the Region 5 senior athlete of the year award. She averaged 20.6 ppg and 4.1 assists per game.
— Mattie Schmitt, Towner-Granville-Upham: The 5-11 senior forward won Region 6 senior athlete of year. She averaged 20.1 ppg and 10.5 rpg.
— Katie Mogen, Watford City: The 5-9 sophomore guard averaged 17.7 ppg and 8.4 rpg.
— Allie Heisler, North Star: The 5-9 guard won Region 4 senior athlete of year. She averaged 18.8 ppg and 6.2 rpg.
— Bailey Waldal, Beach: The 5-foot-6 senior guard averaged 15.6 ppg and 6.4 rpg.
— Kennedy Henningsgard, Hillsboro-Central Valley: The 5-8 senior guard averaged 15.3 ppg and 5.5 rpg.
— Hannah Jacobs, Divide County: The 5-10 junior forward averaged 20 ppg and 15 rpg.