Sports in KS: 2015 Girls Basketball Players of the Year

Reagan Phelan earned 2A player of the year honors. (USD #112)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Mar 24, 2015

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Players of the Year

All-Classes: Keiryn Swenson, Maize Sr.

6A: Keiryn Swenson, Maize Sr.

5A: Sam Bachrodt, Kapaun Sr.

4A-I: Lanie Page, Wamego Sr.

4A-II: Katy Heger, Hugoton Soph.

3A: Morgan Ediger, Cimmaron Sr.

2A: Reagan Phelan, Central Plains Jr.

1A-I: Carly Heim, Hoxie Sr.

1A-II: Brenna Eilert, St. Johns-Tipton Sr.

Sophomore: Madison Piper, Free State

Player of the Year Capsules

All-Classes Player of the Year

Keiryn Swenson, Maize, 6-2 Sr.

Swenson, a track and field/basketball signee at the University of Arkansas, is one of the best multisport athletes in Kansas. Swenson earned most outstanding player honors for the tournament from Kpreps as she had 52 points and 29 rebounds (3 games) to lead her team to a second place finish at the 5A tournament. She is a repeat all 6A selection over the last two seasons. She is one of the top ranked javelin throwers in the country and went 155-2 last season to rank seventh in the country. Swenson also earned Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year honors this season in basketball and last season in track and field.

6A Player of the Year

Keiryn Swenson, Maize, 6-2 Sr.

See above capsule

5A Player of the Year

Sam Bachrodt, Kapaun Sr.

Bachrodt averaged over 19 points per game in the very competitive Wichita City League (GWAL) in 2014-2015. She scored 78 points over three state tournament games in 2015 to lead her team to a third place finish in 5A. Bachrodt, who scored over 1,400 points in her career, has signed to play collegiately at Drake.

4A-I Player of the Year

Lanie Page, Wamego Sr.

Page didn’t have the team success Wamego has been used to in recent years and did battle some injuries in 2014-2015, but it didn’t stop her from still being one of the elite players in the country. Page, who stands 6’2 and plays guard, averaged over 20 points per game for the Red Raiders this season and scored over 1,500 in her career. Page earned 4A-I and all-class player of the year honors in 2014. Page is probably the youngest senior in the state of Kansas at age 16 (17 this summer), as she skipped the eighth grade after passing a state assessment.

4A-II Player of the Year

Katy Heger, Huguton Soph.

Heger led Hugoton to their first ever state title by averaging over 17 points per game this season. The sophomore scored 58 points over three state tournament games in th 4A-II state tournament. Huguton had only made two prior state appearances before this year.

3A Player of the Year

Morgan Ediger, Cimarron Sr.

Ediger averaged over 20 points per game in leading Cimarron (25-1)  to a second place finish in 3A, which was their only loss (Hesston) of the season. Ediger also earned all 3A honors last year from Sports in Kansas.

2A Player of the Year

Reagan Phelan, Central Plains Jr.

The junior point guard, who is one of the fastest players on the court in Kansas, is a repeat all-state selection after leading Central Plains to back-to-back state titles. Phelan averaged 14 points per game in her junior campaign after averaging 17 as a sophomore. Phelan and her all-state teammate, Taylor Rolfs, form one of the best duos in the state at any classification.

1A-I Player of the Year

Carly Heim, Hoxie Sr.

Heim only lost one basketball game in four years at Hoxie, that coming in December of her freshman year. She was a starter on 95 straight victories, a state record that beat Little River’s streak of 91 this season. Heim really shined in the state tournament by scoring 62 points over three games in Emporia. The 5-foot-6 senior averaged over 17 points per game for the Lady Indians in 2014-2015.

1A-II Player of the Year

Brenna Eilert, St. Johns-Tipton Soph.

Eilert averaged 20 points per game for the Blujays in leading them to the 1A-II state title. The 5-foot-9 sophomore scored 53 points over three state tournament games in Dodge City to earn Kpreps All-Tournament team (Most Oustanding Player). Eilert also earned 1A-II all-state honors from Sports in Kansas last season. St. Johns Tipton swept the 1A-II player of the year awards this season with Trey Dubbert earning 1A-II boys player of the year.

Sophomore of the Year

Madison Piper, Free State

Piper averaged over 17 points per game as a sophomore in 2014-2015 in the states largest classification. She is one of Kansas' rising high school players in the class of 2017. She earned all 6A first team honors and is one of the very few underclassmen to earn all-state honors this season.