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Abby Oliver named Sports in Kansas 2A Player of the Year

Abby Oliver earned top honors from Sports in Kansas. (Tracy Capoun)
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas w/ Chet Kuplen
Mar 18, 2019

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2019 2A Sports in Kansas Girls Player of the Year

Abby Oliver, Alma-Wabaunsee, Sr.

For the last three years, Alma-Wabaunsee’s Abby Oliver had been the Chargers’ second-best player behind Karsen Schultz, who graduated last year and is playing for Emporia State. Oliver delivered 13 points and seven rebounds last winter. The 5-10 Oliver, a four-year starter in all 97 career games, emerged as the classification’s top player on 2A’s third-place team. Wabaunsee coach Shanna Perine labeled Oliver the best leader she has ever had.

In the first round of state, Wabaunsee defeated Olathe Heritage Christian, 91-42, and then fell, 55-51, in overtime to eventual champion Garden Plain in the semifinals. In the third place game, A-W beat WaKeeney-Trego, 49-36, and finished 22-4.

In the opener, Oliver had 32 points and seven rebounds and challenged the 2A state record for points in a game. Versus GP, she finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and delivered 23 points and seven rebounds in the third place contest.

Overall, Oliver averaged 19.1 points and shot 54 percent from the field. She delivered 7.5 rebounds, 2.9 steals, 2.6 assists and 1.4 blocks per game.

Oliver played in 97 career games with 1,230 points, 610 rebounds, 236 steals and 233 assists. She teamed with junior Madelyn Hutley, also a starter since her freshman year. Hutley has played in 74 games with 781 points, 183 assists, 233 steals and 115 made 3-pointers. This year, Hutley averaged 13.9 points a contest.

Oliver has enjoyed a highly decorated career. Two years ago, A-W finished runner-up to Central Plains in 2A state basketball. Last spring, Oliver was the Most Outstanding Player at the 2-1A softball tournament as the Chargers captured the state title. In the fall, Oliver played volleyball for the first time in her high school career and was a key hitter for the A-W 2A runner-up squad to Garden Plain.

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Wheat State Elite would like to congratulate their very own , Abby Oliver of Wabaunsee, on the 2019 2A Sports in Kansas Player of the Year. Wheat State Elite, Dylan and Chelsey Evans, would like to congratulate all high school basketball players on their seasons in 2019!

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Sports in Kansas 2A Player of the Year Finalists

Aubree Dewey, Plainville

Abby Oliver, Wabaunsee

Lauren Danahy, Garden Plain

Abby Gordon, Garden Plain

Lily Schubert, Wakeeney-Trego

Josie Weishaar, Jefferson North

Kinzie Comley, Sterling