Player of the Years were determined by a statewide media vote (Over 25 media members from all parts of the state) of people that work in radio, newspaper, television and finalized by Chet Kuplen of Sports in Kansas and Conor Nicholl of Sports in Kansas. Players of the Year and Finalists are eligible for a Sports in Kansas Patch. Stay on our feed over the next few days for updated coverage and all-state teams.
2020 Girls 5A Sports in Kansas Girls Player of the Year
Grace Pyle, McPherson, Jr.
Pyle led McPherson to a 22-1 record and final four appearance in the Class 5A state tournament. McPherson and St. Thomas Aquinas were ranked first and second in some form all winter and were slated to match up in the semifinals before the game and tournament were cancelled. McPherson defeated Basehor-Linwood, 59-44. Despite some early foul trouble, Pyle finished with 11 points and 15 rebounds to cap an outstanding season.
Pyle helped McPherson overcome early season injury to multiple players, including a season-ending knee injury to Andrea Sweat. The 5-foot-10 Pyle led McPherson in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks. She made every single stat leaderboard in the statewide leaders at Sports in Kansas, a very rare feat. Pyle is one of the most complete players in the state with Division I talent. She was unanimous AVCTL MVP and averaged 15.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and three steals a contest. Pyle has scored 685 points in her career.
This year, Pyle cleared double figures in 20 contests, 36 in her career. As well, Pyle exceeded 20 points five times. After 25 years of the midseason Mid-America Classic girls’ tournament, Pyle became the first player to rank in the top-10 in all eight statistical categories: points, rebounds, blocks, assists, steals, field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage. She is second in points in the tournament.
Pyle comes from an outstanding basketball family. She is the only girl and has four brothers. Both of her older brothers, Ben and Drew, earned Kansas Mr. Basketball. Ben Pyle started all 26 games, averaged 12.3 points a contest and shot 88.6 percent from the foul line for Division I Western Illinois this year. Grace has also earned significant Division I interest.
The McPherson HS Athletic Department would like to congratulate the McPherson High School girls basketball team on an outstanding season. Congrats to all of our players who were honored this postseason and a special shout out to this years 5A POY Grace Pyle! We are proud of you!
Sports in Kansas 5A Girls POY Finalists
Grace Pyle, McPherson POY
Kassidy Beam, McPherson
Kade Hackerott, Goddard
Brittany Harshaw, Andover Central
Camryn Turner, Topeka Seaman
Aubrie Kierscht, Salina Central
Katie Wagner, Maize South
MacKenzie Shupe, De Soto
Molly Hartnett, Aquinas
Beatrice Culliton, Aquinas
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