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All-state girls basketball Dream Team


1:00 AM, Mar. 31, 2013 EDT


Tori Jankoska

Freeland, 5-8, Sr. G

Accomplishments: Miss Basketball averaged 30.9 points, 7 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 4.8 steals. Explosive scorer and three-point shooter, Jankoska also chipped in 68 blocked shots and 151 steals. She scored 2,333 points for her career.

Jankoska: "I never really dreamed of being Miss Basketball. It still feels like a dream. I didn't really even start to think about it until this year.''

Coach Tom Zolinski: "There has never been such a well-rounded player come out of Freeland. I anticipate she will perform well at the next level at Michigan State. She is special.'

Lexi Gussert

Crystal Falls Forest Park, 6-0, Jr. G-F

Accomplishments: Drawn the attention of UConn, Tennessee and other major programs. Averaged 32.5 points, made 93 triples while shooting 47% behind the arc and 49.4% from the field. Made 82% of her free throws. Averaged 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 4 blocked shots.

Gussert: "Getting selected to the dream team is an amazing honor. It is great to be recognized after putting so much work into something. The best accomplishment out of all this is being able to make your town proud."

Coach Jeff Syrjanen: "Lexi is a great scorer, but her knowledge of the game as well as her court sense, her leadership, her mentioning of teammates and above all her passing skills are the intangibles that separate her from almost all other players."

Abby Cole

Grand Haven, (captain) 6-5, Sr. C

Accomplishments: Led Grand Haven to back-to-back Class A state championships and this season averaged 8.7 blocked shots (234 on the season), 14 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Attending University of Michigan for volleyball.

Cole: "I'm just so proud of my team. I couldn't ask for a better basketball career at Grand Haven."

Coach Katie Kowalczyk-Fulmer: "She finished with an 81-2 record on varsity with two state titles. She had a great career. She's a great basketball player and even a better person. She was a game-changer."

Antania Hayes

Detroit King, 6-0, Sr. G-F

Accomplishments: Led King to PSL regular-season and tournament titles as the team went undefeated into the Class A state tournament. A solid defender who can guard all five spots on the floor, Hayes averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds and was a Miss Basketball finalist. Committed to DePaul.

Hayes: "I tried to lead by example and be more aggressive this year. I worked a lot on my game; each year my goal was to always get better."

Coach William Winfield: "I've known Antania since the sixth grade, and each year she got better. She was a great example to the younger players and she was rated one of the top players in the country at one time."

Taylor Gleason

Goodrich, 5-8, Sr. G

Accomplishments: The Miss Basketball runner-up helped lead Goodrich to consecutive Class B state titles by averaging 21 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.1 steals and 4.2 assists per game. Committed to Illinois.

Gleason: "I dedicated my season to coach Dave Barns and his family this year. They've done a lot for me over the past few years. I've had a lot of great teammates and have played against some great competition throughout my career." (Barns died of cancer in 2012.)

Coach Jason Gray: "Taylor's four years resulted in a 101-7 overall record, two Class B state championships, and another Class B final four appearance. Her career was amazing, but her senior season was one of the greatest displays of ability I've had the pleasure of seeing. Leading our team in points, rebounds, assists and steals because she had to do it for us to win was simply incredible."

Coach: Jason Gray

Goodrich

Accomplishments: Led the team to its second straight Class B state title despite losing one of his star players (KeKe Sevillian) to a knee injury.

Gray: "I was proud to see all the hard work and dedication pay off with another state championship. This was a great group of young ladies to work with."

 

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