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Five seniors headline Class B girls basketball all-state team

Menno’s Edelman, Jaguars’ Broughton named first-team selections

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Menno's Morgan Edelman goes to the basket around Jones County's Jadyn Jensen defends in a game during the DWU/Culver's Classic on Feb. 12, 2021 at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Five dynamic seniors and one super sophomore headline this year’s Class B girls basketball all-state team, which was announced Wednesday by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association.

The first-team includes Menno’s Morgan Edelman, Corsica-Stickney’s Avery Broughton, White River’s Caelyn Valandra-Prue, Castlewood’s Alayna Benike, Waverly-South Shore’s Emily Kranz and Ipswich’s Halle Heinz. Valandra-Prue, who led White River to the state championship, is the Class B player of the year, as selected by the state’s coaches.

Edelman was a second-team selection as a junior and a third-team honoree as a sophomore. She joins Breanne Wilmeth (2000) as the only Menno girls basketball players to earn first-team all-state honors.

A 5-foot-7 guard headed to Dakota Wesleyan University, Edelman averaged 21.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. She added 82 steals during her senior campaign.

Edelman, who has played varsity basketball since the seventh-grade, logged a school-record 2,066 career points. She also finished second in school history with 812 career rebounds.

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“Morgan was a hard worker from the time she came into the program as a seventh-grader,” Menno coach Doug Hall said. “She came into a program that was sub-.500 and was a big part of the reason why they were above .500 every single year after that. She was a big part of why six years ago, we were averaging 37 points per game and now we were averaging 53 points per game.”

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Corsica-Stickney's Avery Broughton puts up a shot against Parkston on Dec. 28 at the Parkston Classic.

Broughton is making her second consecutive first-team selection. She was a second-team honoree in 2019. A 6-foot sophomore guard/forward, Broughton averaged 19 points, 10 rebounds and four assists per game this season. Broughton’s sophomore campaign ended prematurely due to a knee injury 12 games into the season.

She’ll enter her junior season as Corsica-Stickney’s all-time leading scorer with 1,429 career points. She also has 749 rebounds, 230 assists, 169 steals and 153 blocked shots in her career.

“Avery has been a team leader both on and off the court,” Avery’s mother and Corsica-Stickney coach Lorisa Broughton said. “Her love for the game and competitive drive is contagious and helps fuel her teammates. She’s a versatile player that can score many different ways and is a tenacious rebounder.”

Valandra-Prue is making her third consecutive first-team selection. She was also a second-team honoree in 2017. The 5-foot-11 guard/forward led the state champs with 27 points and seven rebounds per game. The future University of South Dakota track and field sprinter finished her career with 2,536 career points.

Benike is a first-team selection for the third straight season. The 5-foot-11 guard/forward registered 19.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and five assists per game for the Class B runner-ups. She’ll play basketball next season at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

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Kranz is making her first-ever all-state team. The 6-foot-3 center logged 18.7 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks per game for the Coyotes, who finished sixth at the state tournament.

Heinz was a second-team honoree last season and a third-team selection in 2019. The 5-foot-5 guard recorded 20 points, 4.6 steals, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. She’ll play basketball next season at Northern State University.

The second team includes Scotland’s Grace Fryda, Ethan’s Hannah Bartscher, White River’s Maleighya Estes, Waubay/Summit’s Zoey Wohlleber, Herreid/Selby Area’s Rachel Fiedler and Viborg-Hurley’s Sydney Voss.

The third team includes Kimball/White Lake’s Kennedy Leiferman, Corsica-Stickney’s Raven Barse, De Smet’s Kennadi Buchholz, Lemmon’s Tally Katus, Centerville’s Haley Meyer and Jones County’s Jadyn Jensen.

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White River's Caelyn Valandra-Prue (23) is fouled by Castlewood's Darah DeKam (32) going to the basket during the Class B state championship game on Saturday at the Huron Arena. (Matt Gade / Republic)

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