Plainville junior point guard Aubree Dewey quickly responded when asked what she enjoys most regarding basketball.
“Honestly everything,” she said.
Few Kansas players display Dewey’s perpetual energy and love for the sport. She has been immersed in basketball since she was around four to five years old. Then, Dewey lived in Kearney, Neb., and she recalled playing on a carpeted court with short goals.
The family moved to Plainville several years later. Dewey’s family likes the sport, and her dad, Shane, played in a men’s adult league that faced other western Kansas towns for many years. Dewey’s mom, Jami, is also a big Plainville basketball supporter.
“I like being able to compete with my team and other towns and stuff, and the bond that my team and I have with other teams and school teams, it’s just fun,” Dewey said.
Ten years from now, Dewey’s goal is to play in an adult women’s league and coach high school basketball. Currently, the 5-foot-6 Dewey enters her third season as a Cardinal starter and has helped turn around Plainville girls’ basketball.
Plainville finished 3-18 in Dewey’s eighth-grade year in the first season under coach Kate Bremerman (Lehman).
Bremerman, a Newton graduate, was an All-American and NCAA Division II Player of the Year at Fort Hays State. FHSU has retired her number. Her senior year, she led Fort Hays to a MIAA title and Sweet 16 berth. She started to coach Plainville the following year.
When Dewey was a freshman, Plainville finished 11-10 for an eight-win improvement, the Cardinals’ first winning season since ’10-11. Dewey delivered 16.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.3 steals a contest.
“It’s very nice playing for coach,” Dewey said. “She knows everything about basketball, and she will take stuff that she learned from her college coach and try and put it over to our team.”
Dewey also played two quarters of junior varsity before she had four varsity quarters. Bremerman noticed Dewey’s love for basketball and didn’t mind playing her at both levels.
“JV would give me a warmup for the varsity games, kind of get all my turnovers, I guess out,” Dewey said.
Last year, Dewey helped the Cardinals to an 11-12 mark and delivered 22.3 points, 5.8 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 3.4 steals a contest. She was one of nine national WBCA/MaxPreps National Player of the Week nominees for the week of Feb. 26-March 4.
Dewey comes from a large family that includes two older sisters, Lyric and Maeson. Last year, she had her last season playing with Maeson.
“My sisters have been a huge part of my basketball,” Dewey said.
Aubree and Maeson started being on the same team in third grade. As a senior last winter, Maeson averaged 14.2 points a game for the Cardinals and plays basketball at Cloud County Community College.
“The whole family actually plays basketball, so that’s nice, and it was just fun playing with my sister Maeson, because I always knew she was going to be there,” Dewey said.
This year, Aubree didn’t have Maeson in volleyball and decided to switch sports to cross country.
“Running you feel the pain, you’ve just got to keep going, you can’t stop, so hopefully that helps me in my basketball season, it helped me get in shape for sure,” Dewey said. “Running cross country, it was fun, but there’s not very many girls, there is one other girl out, and the guys push you, so it was really fun going to state.”
Aubree, a sprinter in track, qualified for the Class 2A 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes last spring at state. She earned third place in the 400.
Dewey pulled off a rare double with all-state in a track sprinting event, and all-state in cross country. She won her first cross country race and took 15th at state with a great finish; top-20 is all-state.
“My last 200, I used my sprint, and passed about five people and got to place, so it was awesome,” she said.
This winter, Plainville is expected to have just 10 players, though four have varsity experience. Dewey will likely play junior varsity again because of the low numbers. Bremerman expects Plainville to be strong defensively with great quickness.
“This year, I might actually have to go back to playing JV for two quarters, because our numbers are too low, but it’s fine, it’s the same team, varsity and JV,” Dewey said.
In addition to Dewey, senior Kate McClellan averaged 6.5 points and 6.3 rebounds. Juniors Jersey Kaiser delivered two points and 2.8 rebounds, and Halli Friend collected three points, one rebound and 1.1 assist.
“We like to play man-to-man,” Dewey said. “Most of our teams in our league play zone, so it kind of picks up the game faster, and we will deny the ball quite a bit, and that helps us, because we have some fast girls to steal the ball, and that helps us get fast breaks.”
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How did you get involved in basketball?
My sisters have been a huge part of my basketball. Third grade, I started playing up on my older sister Maeson’s team, and then we play in the driveaway or at the playground and stuff like that. The whole family actually plays basketball, so that’s nice, and it was just fun playing with my sister Maeson, because I always knew she was going to be there.”
What are your goals this season?
“We always like to come out with more wins than losses. This year, we are probably just going to try and get more people to go out for next year, because we only have one senior, but four juniors I believe, and so when we graduate, their team is going to be so low, so try and just prove to the younger kids that women’s basketball is still cool, and we want to win a few games, get better, and just keep our bond that we have.”
What makes you such a force as a player?
“I like playing all four quarters. I hate to come out of the game. Sometimes foul trouble and stuff like that, or even when we are winning by a lot. I hate when she takes me out.”
What’s the atmosphere like to play basketball for your school and town?
It’s nice and big, and parents, it just gets super loud in there, which helps like when you get down to a close game or something like that, it makes it so much more exciting being at home.”
For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?
“It’s super exciting. We have a great pep band, and pep club, and so many people from our town come to home games, and it’s nice having the gym.
What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
“I would like to improve my three-point shot, cut down turnovers, and my free throw percentage, it’s not too bad, but I would like to get it up.”
Who are other key players on your team?
Kate McClellan, Jersey Kaiser, Halli Friend.
Favorite thing about basketball?
“Honestly, everything. I like being able to compete with my team and other towns and stuff, and the bond that my team and I have with other teams and school teams, it’s just fun.”
Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?
“I played volleyball my first two years of high school, because my older sister Maeson was on the team, and she graduated last year, so I said that I was going to try something new, because volleyball was not really for me.
I thought cross country would be good. I run track and stuff. I went out for it. I actually ended up winning my first cross country meet, and then it just really helps me.
Running you feel the pain, you’ve just got to keep going, you can’t stop, so hopefully that helps me in my basketball season, it helped me get in shape for sure. Running cross country, it was fun, but there’s not very many girls. There is one other girl out, and the guys push you, so it was really fun going to state.”
What is it like to play for your coach?
“It’s very nice playing for coach. She knows everything about basketball, and she will take stuff that she learned from her college coach and try and put it over to our team, and ever since has come to our school, our basketball program has picked up so much.
What are your team’s strengths?
“We like to play man-to-man. Most of our teams in our league play zone, so it kind of picks up the game faster, and we will deny the ball quite a bit, and that helps us, because we have some fast girls to steal the ball, and that helps us get fast breaks.”
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
“Hopefully playing like in an old women’s rec basketball league, and coaching a high school girls’ basketball team somewhere.”
Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?
“Pizza Hut for sure. Pizza is my favorite food, and my classmates work there, so I can go in there and mess with them. It’s just great food.”