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All-Oakland County girls basketball First Team, Second Team, Honorable Mention WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • 30DE15 FH Harrison v Ludington girls varsity basketball
  • 15JA16 Harrison v Clarkston girls varsity basketball
  • 15JA16 Harrison v Clarkston girls varsity basketball
  • Hartland vs Holly, girls varsity basketball action at Holly High School Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. For MIPrepZone / LARRY McKEE
  • Milford vs Lakeland, district final basketball action at Milford High School Friday, March 4, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo by LARRY McKEE)
  • Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes vs Birmingham Roeper, opening round district basketball action at Lakes Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo by LARRY McKEE)

Below are the capsules for the First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention all-Oakland County girls basketball honorees. The Dream Team will be posted separately.

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FIRST TEAM

Kaela Webb, So., Birmingham Detroit Country Day

Honors: First-team AP Class B all-state, BCAM’s Best Class B

After blowing up for 20 points in the 2015 state championship game as a freshman, Webb had an excellent follow-up sophomore season as the Yellowjackets’ floor general, averaging 12 points, four assists and three steals for the team that finished the season ranked No. 1 in Class B.

How valuable was she for the ‘Jackets? Put it this way: coach Frank Orlando could see his team’s stellar season possibly circling the drain when Webb hurt her ankle in the team’s lone regular-season loss, against a Saginaw Heritage team that was ranked No. 1 in Class A most of the season. Webb missed the entire third quarter of that game, and Country Day scored just three points in the frame.

“Kaela, she’s phenomenal. I mean, she’s a player,” Orlando said at the time. “When she’s playing the way she can play, and penetrating, and shooting it, we’re a different team.”

Taiye Bello, Sr., Southfield-Lathrup

Honors: Second-team AP Class A all-state, all-OAA Red

The (slightly) shorter of Southfield-Lathrup’s twin “Bello Towers,” the 6-foot-3 Taiye Bello averaged a career double-double (13 points, 12 rebounds) in her 89 career games played. She led the Chargers in rebounds (10.5) and blocked shots (2.4) as a senior, posting key double-doubles against Ann Arbor Huron (18/13), Farmington Hills Harrison (20/12), Toledo Rogers (13/14) and Stoney Creek (14/14).

The Chargers went 78-17 in her four-year career, with two OAA Red titles, and four district titles.

Both Taiye Bello, and her twin sister Kehinde, are signed to play in college at the University of Minnesota.

Ellie Mackay, So., Novi

Honors: Honorable mention AP Class A all-state, all-Kensington Conference

In her second year of running the Wildcats’ offense from the point, Mackay improved her ball-handling and her ability to penetrate to the basket — enhancing not only her ability to set up teammates, but to score for herself (team-high 17.3 points per game), as well as get to the free-throw line.

She scored in double digits in every game for Novi, and went to the line more than 150 times, making 84 percent. Her free-throw shooting prowess will put her in the MHSAA record book twice, as she made 24 and 17 free throws in a game, and 17 straight in the latter of those, tied for the fourth-longest streak in state history.

Kierra Crockett, Jr., North Farmington

Honors: Honorable mention AP Class A all-state, all-OAA White

After playing sidekick to Kent State-bound Megan Carter earlier in her career, Crockett had to step into the spotlight as the go-to player for the Raiders, and responded, helping lead North to an OAA White title.

The 5-foot-11 wing averaged 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, along with 3.1 steals and 1.8 rebounds.

“Kierra has really had to shoulder more of a leadership role this year and is slowly evolving into that all-around player,” Raiders coach Jeff Simpson said. “She is an unselfish player who has learned how to make the most of her shots in a game.”

Maddie Novak, Fr., Lake Orion

Honors: Honorable mention AP Class A all-state, all-OAA White

You win games by putting the ball in the bucket, and almost nobody around here did that with more regularity than the Dragons’ 5-foot-10 star freshman, who averaged 19.8 points per game.

And she did it against the best competition, too, scoring 35 against Farmington Hills Harrison 16 against Clarkston, 20 against Stoney Creek from the OAA’s Red Division, 18 and 24 against White Division winner North Farmington and 35 and 23 against West Bloomfield.

Novak shot nearly 48 percent from 2-point range, and 28.5 percent from 3-point range, adding 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 0.5 assists per game.

SECOND TEAM

Abbey Meissner, Sr., Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest

Honors: First-team AP Class C all-state, all-MIAC Dream Team

A rebounding phenom at just 5-foot-7, Meissner led the Crusaders in boards (13.3 per game) in the regular season, with five games of 20-plus rebounds, including a 15-point, 21-rebound game against perennial league powerhouse Grosse Pointe University Liggett that helped Northwest split the MIAC title with Liggett.

An 11.7-point-per game scorer, the Crusaders’ co-captain also had double-doubles against Class B Lutheran High North (15 points/15 rebounds), Class A Rochester Adams (10 points/13 rebounds) and her first career triple-double against Novi Franklin Road Christian (10 points/11 rebounds/11 assists).

Meissner also averaged 6.3 assists and 3.7 steals per game.

Alex Troy, Sr., Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes

Honors: First team AP Class D all-state, BCAM’s Best Class D honorable mention, all-Catholic League

The 5-foot-5 point guard led the Lakers in scoring (12.7), rebounding (7.5), assists (3.1) and steals (2.9) in the regular season, but you can’t measure with a stat the impact she had on a team that had state-title aspirations.

“She is our best defender and athlete, which doesn’t show in the stats.  She is a fierce competitor and is willing to do what it takes to win,” WOLL coach Steve Robak said. “As her coach, I can say she is the type of player every coach would love to have because she has so many God-given talents, but also works extremely hard, leads by example and vocally, pushes her teammates to be better and leaves it all on the floor every game.”

Kayla Luchenbach, So., Clarkston

Honors: Honorable mention AP Class A all-state, all-OAA Red

The versatile 6-foot-1 forward (she also plays volleyball and runs sprint relays in track) averaged a double-double for the Wolves, with 14.1 points per game, and 10.3 rebounds, along with 2.6 blocks per contest.

Luchenbach averaged 15 points per game against the top two teams in the OAA Red (16.5 points, 10 rebounds vs. Farmington Hills Harrison/13.5 points, 9.5 rebounds vs. Southfield-Lathrup)

Maggie Rogers, Jr., Rochester Adams

Honors: BCAM’s Best Class A, all-OAA Red

It may have been a less successful season than anticipated for the Highlanders as a team, but it wasn’t for Rogers individually. The junior averaged 16.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game, earning all-league honors.

Her 84 percent free-throw shooting got her in the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan free-throw contest held during the state finals, and she hit 95 percent of her shots during the competition to earn a share of the title.

Rogers could score in bunches, too — she scored in double figures in 18 of Adams’ 21 games, and eight times topped the 20-point mark, including games against eventual state champion Warren Cousino (20) and Clarkston (22), notching 22 points in 17 minutes against Southfield-Lathrup, and 30 in 20 minutes against Farmington Hills Harrison.

Amber Stephens, Sr., Farmington Hills Harrison

Honors: Honorable mention Class A all-state, all-OAA Red

The Wayne State signee came back from a knee injury that cost her half of her junior season to help lead the Hawks to a second-place finish in the OAA Red.

Stephens averaged 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.5 assists per game for the Hawks, who spent much of the season at the bottom end of the top 10 of the state rankings in Class A.

HONORABLE MENTION

(in alphabetical order)

Mallory Barrett, Jr., Milford; Jackie Bauer, Jr., Farmington Hills Mercy; Tylar Bennett, Jr., Birmingham Detroit Country Day; Abby Butkiewicz, Sr., Oxford; Quinoche Carter, So., Birmingham Groves; Sam Cherney, So., North Farmington; Makoya Denham, Jr., Berkley; Lexi Dietz, Jr., Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood; Janara Flowers, So., Walled Lake Western; Celia Gaynor, So., Pontiac Notre Dame Prep; Elizabeth Grobbel, Sr., Birmingham Marian; Dana Hoerman, Jr., Birmingham Seaholm; Laura Hohnstadt, Sr., Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest; Morganne Holdrieth, Jr., Madison Heights Lamphere; Marnae Holland, So., Waterford Kettering; D’layna Holliman, So., Southfield; Alexis Johnson, Fr., Southfield; Jacki Johnson, Sr., Madison Heights Bishop Foley; Peyton Jones, Sr., South Lyon East; Allie Lipson, Sr., Novi; Stormeigh Mattison, Sr., Southfield; Maxine Moore, So., Birmingham Detroit Country Day; Olivia Moore, Fr., Birmingham Marian; Grace Murray, Fr., Royal Oak Shrine; Kristen Nelson, Sr., Farmington Hills Harrison; Audrey North, So., Royal Oak Shrine; Samantha Potter, Fr., Royal Oak; Katherine Prina, Jr., Bloomfield Hills; Zora Pullen, Sr., Farmington Hills Mercy; Hannah Rayburn, Sr., Novi Franklin Road Christian; Monica Reiche, Sr., Waterford Mott; Paige Reid, Jr., Holly; Infinnatie Rowe, Sr., Pontiac; Kayla Russell, Sr., Clarkston; Amanda Sape, Jr., Bloomfield Hills; Lillia Schoof, Jr., Waterford Kettering; Tiffany Senerius, So., Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes; Cheryl Setlock, Sr. Wixom St. Catherine; Alissa Smith, Sr., Auburn Hills Avondale; Emma Sobczynski, Sr., Stoney Creek; Celia Somers, Sr., Berkley; Molly Stec, Sr., Lakeland; Charlika Stubbs, Sr., West Bloomfield; Haley Tewes, Sr., Waterford Kettering; Akwia Tilton, Sr., Birmingham Roeper; Gianna Valente, Sr., Royal Oak Michelle Vaughn, So., Madison Heights Madison; Kelsey Williams, Jr., Madison Heights Madison; Myra Williams, Jr., Waterford Mott; Evelyn Wischmeyer, Sr., Lake Orion

Last Updated: 4/7/2016 9:49:35 PM EST


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