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Class AA all-state team: State-tourney participants headline squad

It shouldn't come as a surprise that the top players in Class AA girls basketball all helped lead their teams to the 2019 state tournament. Not only did the six members of the first team put up outstanding individual numbers, their teams had stel...

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It shouldn't come as a surprise that the top players in Class AA girls basketball all helped lead

their teams to the 2019 state tournament.

Not only did the six members of the first team put up outstanding individual numbers, their

teams had stellar years, as well, as evidenced by Class AA player of the year Jeniah Ugofsky of

Harrisburg. The Tigers posted a 16-4 regular-season record to earn the No. 2 seed in the

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postseason; defeated Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 65-35, in the SoDak 16; and eventually placed third at the state tournament after falling in the semifinals, 42-39, to third-seeded Sioux Falls Lincoln before bouncing back with a 49-42 win over Mitchell for third.

The other first-team selections include: Sioux Falls O'Gorman's Emma Ronsiek, Brookings' Michaela Jewett, Sioux Falls Lincoln's Morgan Hansen, Brandon Valley's Trinity Law and Rapid City Stevens' Kyah Watson.

Along the way, Ugofsky averaged 11.5 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, while

totaling 52 steals and 24 blocks on the season. In earning all-tournament honors, the University of South Dakota signee averaged 9 points and 7.7 rebounds.

The only player in Class AA girls basketball to average a double-double in points (19.0) and

rebounds (10.6), Jewett helped lead the Bobcats to a 14-4 regular season record and a 75-47 SoDak 16 win over Douglas for a state-tournament berth - the 'Cats' first since 2008.

Seeded fifth, the Bobcats finished eighth as Jewett averaged 14.6 points and 4.6 boards in the

three losses to earn all-tournament honors.

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Law capped off her high school career with a state championship as the fourth-seeded Lynx defeated Brookings (68-37), Mitchell (52-38) and Sioux Falls Lincoln (60-40) to claim the title and finish with a 20-4 record. During the regular season, she averaged 10.2 points, 3.3 assists and 2.5 steals, while pulling down 3.2 rebounds and adding seven total blocks. In the tournament, she averaged 9.0 points and 4.3 rebounds with five steals, five assists and a block to garner all-tournament accolades.

Ronsiek helped lead the Knights to an 18-3 record and top seed in the state tournament by averaging 15.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game and added a total of 23 steals and 13 blocks. The Creighton University commit bumped her scoring to 18.6 points per game to go along with 6.3 boards and 2.1 assists in the tournament to earn all-tournament honors as O'Gorman placed sixth.

Another junior that dominated play was Hansen, who helped lead the Patriots to a second-place finish at the Class AA state tournament as the No. 3 seed coming in with a 14-6 record. Hansen averaged 14.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, to go along with 29 steals and 13 blocks during the regular season. She posted a double-double average of 12 points and 10.1 rebounds in the tournament for a spot on the all-tournament squad.

Watson rounds out the first team as the junior helped lead the Raiders to a 15-6 regular-season mark and a fifth-place finish in the state tournament, while picking up all-tournament honors. The USD commit averaged 14.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.2 steals in 2019, while posting an average of 10.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 steals in the tournament, in addition to three assists and three blocks in a 62-38 win over Sioux Falls Washington in the consolation

semifinals.

Earning all-state second team honors were seniors Emily Mikkelsen of Pierre and Danica Kocer

of the state champion Lynx. They were joined by juniors Emma Osmundson of Lincoln,

Watertown's Megan Fannin, Havyn Heinz of Huron and Yankton's Madison Wuebben.

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S.D. CLASS AA GIRLS' ALL-STATE

As selected by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association

First Team

Emma Ronsiek, Sioux Falls O'Gorman - Jr., 6-1 G/F: 15.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.6 apg.

Jeniah Ugofsky, Harrisburg - Sr., 6-1 F/C: 11.5 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.5 spg.

Michaela Jewett, Brookings - Sr., 6-0 F: 19.0 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2.0 apg.

Morgan Hansen, Sioux Falls Lincoln - Jr., 6-1 G/F: 14.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg.

Trinity Law, Brandon Valley - Sr., 5-9 G: 10.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.5 spg

Kyah Watson, Rapid City Stevens - Jr., 6-0 G/F: 14.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.0 apg.

Second Team

Emily Mikkelsen, Pierre T.F. Riggs - Sr., 5-6 G: 18.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.3 apg.

Emma Osmundson, Sioux Falls Lincoln - Jr., 5-10 G: 15.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg.

Megan Fannin, Watertown - Jr., 5-8 G: 15.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg.

Havyn Heinz, Huron - Jr., 5-6 G: 18.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg.

Madison Wuebben, Yankton - Jr., 5-9 G: 14.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg.

Danica Kocer, Brandon Valley - Sr., 5-9 G: 10.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg.

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