Top 25 Blue Water Area Girls Basketball Players
A top 25 list is never easy to make, no matter what you are sorting out. With all the talent in the Blue Water Area, building the top 25 girls basketball players list was no exception as plenty of players have been turning heads so far this season. As conference play wraps up and districts loom right around the corner, we take a look at the top talent in the area that’s been shining so far this season.
1. Bree Bauer, sr., Port Huron Northern
In one of the toughest leagues in the state, Bauer is easily one of the most feared players. The versatile Lake Erie College commit is an absolute force in the paint as always, and this year she has added an outside shot to her game. On defense, she makes layups the toughest shot on the court and is almost averaging 10 rebounds a game. Of course, she won’t be the only Huskies baller on this list.
2. Karyssa Austin, sr., Marine City
Austin has spent her whole high school career shooting the lights out for the Mariners, and she hasn’t cooled down in her senior year. The Northwood basketball commit is nearing 200 career 3-pointers and already holds the Marine City record, despite being plastered on and off the ball by the opposition throughout the season.
3. Rebecca Oden, sr., Croswell-Lexington
Everyone in the BWAC knew Oden would be poised for a big senior year – whether that be volleyball or basketball – and she’s been delivering her dangerous post game all season long. To say she is efficient with the ball would be an understatement as her field goal percentage is over 50 percent, making her one of the most consistent players around.
4. Jenna Koppinger, sr., Port Huron Northern
Koppinger brings an unparalleled combination of energy and athleticism to the Huskies every night to make her game “relentless” in the words of coach Mark Dickinson. When you have the ball on the perimeter, the last person you want to see guarding you might be Koppinger as she shuts down drives and shot opportunities. On offense, she’s also a danger from all over with her outside shot and slashing ability.
5. Sami Klink, jr., Port Huron Northern
We go back-to-back Huskies in the top five here, and if anyone has seen Klink play you wouldn’t even wonder why. She can telegraph a pass like she is playing three seconds ahead of everyone else on defense, and her offensive skill set gives Northern a sure-fire finisher at the rim. Klink simply adds another gear onto the Huskies aggressive style of play.
6. Stephanie Abraham, jr., Marine City
Abraham has improved from last season, and that’s wild to think about considering how great she was as a sophomore. She has the ability to take over a game from the inside, but she can also take it outside to stretch the floor. With her and teammate Paige Tranchida working together in the post, the Mariners are arguably the toughest team to play in the MAC Gold.
7a. Hannah Delor, jr., Marysville
7b. Hayley Delor, jr. Marysville
The Delor sisters are two of the best athletes in Marysville, and they show that on both sides of the court. On defense, they can guard any position on the floor with their quickness and tenacity. Of course, they both have their individual expertise as well as Hannah is a skilled rebounder and Hayley is a slick passer.
8. Kendal Muxlow, soph., Brown City
Muxlow is as lethal on the basketball court as she is on the volleyball court, and that really says a lot. She’s already had five games with more than 25 points to lead the team with 17.5 points per game, including 40 percent shooting from 3-point range. For Muxlow, the ceiling is the limit as she’ll still have two more years of basketball after this one.
9. Haley Nelson, jr., Sandusky
With a balanced attack, the Redskins are once again the team to beat in the GTC East. What Nelson brings to the table night in and night out is an all-around offensive game that can see her scoring anywhere between the 3-point line and the basket with her 44 percent field-goal percentage. Her passing skills have also been vital as she averages 3.1 assists per game.
Northern is all about the fast break, and quite often Keyes is the one who powers the Huskies up the court with high tempo. She can also heat up from outside the arc to make her another weapon on the Northern offense. Watching her play at the speed she does, you would never guess she suffered an ACL tear last season.
11. Claire Knapp, sr., Croswell-Lexington
Knapp has been playing a cool and confident game this season, scoring in the double digits for Cros-Lex throughout its unbeaten BWAC season. She is the scorer that puts the Pioneers over the top and she has also been a defensive menace, averaging 6.9 steals per game to generate the Pioneers’ fast break.
12. Lilly Wolf, sr., Cardinal Mooney
Wolf has been the leader this young Cardinal Mooney team needs: a jack-of-all-trades on the court and always doing what the team needs her to do. Need a big basket? Wolf will take it and hit it. Need a key rebound? Wolf will grab it. The Mooney girls varsity program is having a special season off a one-year hiatus, and without Wolf that might be a different story.
13. Paige Tranchida, sr., Marine City
The Lake Erie basketball commit has been an integral part of Marine City’s post game, and she could be the toughest player to score against in the MAC Gold. Her high basketball IQ has given the Mariners a reliable leader to lean on, and that’s highlighted by Marine City’s 15-1 record.
14. Emily Schaub, jr., Marlette
Despite missing six games due to knee surgery to start the season, Schaub has been a money player for Marlette this year. She makes the Red Raiders a tough team to stop thanks to her ability to play anywhere on the floor, scoring 14.5 points per game.
15. Jess Kursinsky, sr., Sandusky
Sandusky’s defense is anything but fun to go against, and a big reason is Kursinsky’s play in the post. Not only is she an enforcer in the paint, but she is also a threat to hit from outside as she shoots the 3-pointer at 45 percent.
16. Nicole Mallory, jr., Port Huron
17. Kathleen O’Connor, sr., Port Huron Northern
O’Connor’s court vision has been impeccable this season as the quarterback of one of the state’s best teams. Her defense in the backcourt is also huge for the Huskies, as she nearly averages three steals a game to kickstart the Huskies’ fast-break attack.
18. Calli Townsend, sr., Croswell-Lexington
It doesn’t seem like there is anything Townsend can’t do or hasn’t done for the Pioneers this season in her third year as a varsity starter. On offense, she is a floor general that takes care of the ball with her skilled dribbling and passing ability. And on defense, she can lock down just about any guard she faces this season.
19. Madysen Jansen, jr., Sandusky
As the point guard of the No. 2-ranked Class C team in the state, Jansen’s performance on the court has been key to the Redskins’ success. Jansen is a Swiss Army knife, doing a little bit of everything to help make them the powerhouse they are.
20. Gabby Gough, soph., Sandusky
Gough has had a monster sophomore year for Sandusky, averaging 11 points per game to lead the Redskins in scoring during their unbeaten season. She has a bright future ahead of her, but right now she is already making an impact as an underclassman on a team with a big target on its back.
21. Carley Barjaktarovich, jr., Richmond
Barjaktarovich doesn’t just make head-turning plays on the softball diamond – she is also a solid basketball player as well. As the sparkplug point guard on the Blue Devils, she has the speed to make a steal and turn it into two points as fast as anyone in the area.
22. Kiara Kelley, sr., Marysville
Kelley’s improvement this year has been crucial for a Marysville team that lost a bit of talent from last year. With her tough defense and clutch shooting at the free-throw line and behind the 3-point arc, Kelley has been a go-to player for the Vikings down the stretch in their 11-5 season.
23. Caitlin Quade, sr., Marlette
Quade is a player that teams always key in on with her ability to make a splash from outside the perimeter. As a key returner from last year’s solid Red Raiders team, Quade has been a leader for Marlette all season as it looks to make a district run.
24. Sara Lesnesky, jr., Armada
As a second-year starter, Lesnesky keeps on improving her game to make life hard for the other team. Every game she takes on the opposing team’s best post player and does a solid job at keeping them off the scoreboard. On the offensive end, she has been reliable in both the paint and on the free-throw line.
25. Mackenzie Desloover, jr., Yale
Desloover has shined for the Bulldogs this season on both ends of the floor. Not only has she been an athletic option for Yale on offense, but she’s also been a strong leader on and off the floor for the Bulldogs.