Annie Nabwe ends hoops career as an all-stater for Jamestown
Annie Nabwe, a senior for the Jamestown High School girls basketball team was named to the Class A Girls All-State Basketball Team on Tuesday evening.
Wednesday morning, Annie Nabwe was at Jamestown's Modern Wellness getting herself a tea when Ella Falk dropped some pretty big news on her.
Nabwe, a senior for the Jamestown High School girls basketball team, was named to the 2022 Class A Girls Basketball First-Team, All-State team earlier this week.
"Finishing with an all-state nomination makes me feel accomplished because of all the work and time put in," Nabwe said. "It was one of my goals and I feel grateful to everyone who pushed and supported me in my basketball career."
Nabwe was the only representative from either of the Blue Jay prep basketball programs to earn an All-State honor.
Nabwe's goals for this season were to become the WDA Senior Athlete of the Year, All-State, help the Jays make it to state, stay healthy — and keep getting better.
Three out of five ain't bad.
The Jays advanced to the West Region tournament for the second-straight year but the Blue Jays just missed out on a state tournament berth this season, dropping 59-53 to Bismarck High in the WDA state-qualifying game.
Jamestown finished the hoops season at 13-9 overall and 11-7 in the conference standings. Nabwe was named WDA Senior Athlete of the Year at the conclusion of the West Region Tournament.
Nabwe has been a welcome addition to the Blue Jays squad for the past two years. As a junior, she was named the leading scorer with 324 points in the books.
Last season, Nabwe was averaging 13.5 points per contest and nabbed a team-high of 239 rebounds. In the 2020-21 season, Nabwe was credited with 13 blocks and 73 steals. She shot 53% from the floor.
While she was the top scorer for the Jays as a junior, the Blue Jays lost a huge asset when 2021 All-State team member Grace Hegerle left the building last spring. Nabwe said in order to succeed as a team without the 2021 JHS grad, the team had to make adjustments if they wanted to make a run at the end — and they did.
"My team impressed me this year by working hard and more people stepping up," Nabwe said. "I got more consistent with rebounds by being more aggressive."
"They all pushed me and I think I helped them in reaching our goals."
While her teammates were the ones pushing her in-season, Nabwe also had to work to push herself outside of the basketball season.
Nabwe played AAU basketball this last summer, which helped her get some extra touches on the ball and add a few refining points to her game.
The senior spent the fall with Sara Hegerle and the Blue Jay volleyball team, which helped to improve her vertical and explosiveness up at the net while also working on power, ball-handling skills and placement.
Nabwe was tied with Katie Falk for the Blue Jays' second-leading scorer this season. The senior powerhouse shot 50% from the floor, notching 259 total points. Almost 85% of the senior's points came within the two-point range.
The senior all-stater played 514 minutes for the Jays, and her team found itself up +202 when the senior was out on the floor.
Ella Falk was the Jays' top-scorer stringing together 278 points across her 708 total minutes played.
Nabwe was the Blue Jays' top-rebounder, for the second season in a row. The senior finished out the season with 60 offensive and 173 defensive grabs for a grand total of 233 boards. The senior made 47 steals and recorded 21 official blocks.
The senior said getting to where she is at now, hasn't always been easy — and not just because she suffered a grade-three ankle sprain in mid-January. Nabwe said other challenges arose during the season but through the support of her teammates and a world-class work ethic, she moved past them in order to become successful.
"I have learned to always be myself, have a short-term memory about mistakes you have made but learn from them and do better," Nabwe said.
Nabwe is headed to the University of Minnesota where she will compete for the Gophers' track and field team in the throwing contests. While she won't be on a competitive team, Nabwe said she is going to try to play intramurals or in recreational leagues if her schedule allows time for it.
"The most enjoyable part of this season was the people," Nabwe said. "My friends have helped me through a lot. there are so many awesome and talented people on the team who cares for each other. Everyone wants everyone to succeed so you are just pushed to do your best."
2022 Class A Girls Basketball All-State Team
Anthonett Nabwe, Jamestown
Logan Nissley, Bismarck Century
Miriley Simon, West Fargo
Adie Wagner, Fargo South
Bergan Kinnebrew, Bismarck Century
Rachel Dahlen, Devils Lake
Jocelyn Schiller, Grand Forks Red River
Maggie Fricke, Minot
McKenna Johnson, Mandan
Leelee Bell, Minot
Chloe Pfau, West Fargo
Amya Gourneau, Turtle Mountain
Emily Srejma, Fargo Shanley