Sports in KS: 2017 Girls Basketball Players of the Year

Katy Heger of Hugoton (left) & Bailey Massoth of Waverly earned 3A & 1A-II POY honors.
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Mar 20, 2017

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2017 Sports in Kansas Player of the Year Honors

All-Classes: Hunter Bentley, Miege Sr.

6A: Kennedy Brown, Derby Soph.

5A: Serena Weledji, Aquinas Jr.

4A-I: Hunter Bentley, Miege Sr.

4A-II: Ashley Ray, Girard, Sr.

3A: Katy Heger, Hugoton Sr.

2A: Emily Ryan, Central Plains Fr.

1A-I: Brianna Vogts, Olpe Jr.

1A-II: Bailey Massoth, Waverly Sr.

Junior of the Year: Taylor Robertson, McPherson Jr.

Sophomore of the Year: Kennedy Brown, Derby Soph.

Freshman of the Year: Emily Ryan, Central Plains Fr.

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All-Classes Player of the Year

Hunter Bentley, Miege, 5-9 Sr.

Bentley went 96-4 as a high school player with four consecutive state titles for Miege. Not only was she a force on offense with over 19 points per game, she was as good or better on defense as she averaged 2.6 steals and 6.6 boards per contest. Bentley averaged 22 points a game over the 4A-I state tournament in 2017. She scored over 1,000 career points on a four-year run that was loaded with multiple all-state basketball players with point production spread out. Bentley is undecided on where she will play at the next level.

6A Player of the Year

Kennedy Brown, Derby, 6-6 Soph.

6A was loaded with players this season but it was hard to argue with the outstanding numbers of the 6-foot-6 sophomore in 2016-2017.  She averaged 16 points per game, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks per contest in leading Derby to a 6A state runner-up finish. She is one of the nation’s top prospects for the Class of 2019, ranked as the fourth best Post by ESPN.

5A Player of the Year

Serena Weledji, Aquinas, 6-0 Jr.

Weledji was one of the top overall players in the state this season and showed that as being one of the most versatile players in Kansas. Not only was she arguably the top defender in Kansas this season, locking down the other team’s top threat every game, she also added 11 points per game in leading Aquinas to back-to-back titles, its first in program history to repeat. Aquinas has been to 23 consecutive state tournaments which is an active state record.

4A-I Player of the Year

Hunter Bentley, Miege, 5-9 Sr.

Bentley went 96-4 as a high school player with four consecutive state titles for Miege. Not only was she a force on offense with over 19 points per game, she was as good or better on defense as she averaged 2.6 steals and 6.6 boards per contest. Bentley averaged 22 points a game over the 4A-I state tournament in 2017. She scored over 1,000 career points on a four-year run that was loaded with multiple all-state basketball players with point production spread out. Bentley is undecided on where she will play at the next level.

4A-II Player of the Year

Ashley Ray, Girard, 6-5 Sr.

Ray was a game changer defensively for the Trojans since she has been a freshman, but came on nicely offensively over the last two seasons to become one of the top players in Kansas. Three years ago, Girard won just seven games when she was a freshman to winning the school’s first ever state title in any sport as a senior by going 24-1. The Kansas State signee is rated the 44th best post player in the country by ESPN for the class of 2017.

3A Player of the Year

Katy Heger, Hugoton, 5-8 Sr.

Heger is one of the most complete players in Kansas on one of the most complete teams in Kansas. She averaged at least 15 points a game in every single season of high school basketball that she played and scored over 1,500 career points. She also averaged nearly four steals per contest, four rebounds and three assists. Hugoton won two state titles (2015, 2017), going 90-8 with her as a starter. She has signed to play at Washburn next season.

2A Player of the Year

Emily Ryan, Central Plains, 5-9 Fr.

Ryan wasted no time jumping on the scene of being one of the best players in Kansas and did so as a freshman in 2016-2017 in leading the Oilers to their fourth consecutive state title in 2A. The program had just lost three-time state champs and all-state selections, Regan Phelan and Taylor Rolfs to college basketball, and turns around with a perfect season with the freshman Ryan averaging over 21 points per game. Ryan helped send out the Central Plains seniors with only one loss in their entire career, which came two years before she was in high school (2015). With Ryan in high school for three more seasons and head coach Pat Stiles at the helm, you can expect much more success to come out of Claflin.

1A-I Player of the Year

Brianna Vogts, Olpe, 5-10 Jr.

Vogts averaged over 19 points per game as a junior in leading Olpe to a 1A-I runner-up finish, losing by three points to Hanover. She was the second leading scorer in the 1A-I state tournament this season with 51 points scored over three state tournament games.

1A-II Player of the Year

Bailey Massoth, Waverly, 5-7 Sr.

Massoth led Waverly to its first state title in school history this season by capturing the 1A-II championship. She averaged 17.8 points per game, 5.9 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.5 steals per contest to make herself one of the most complete small school players in Kansas for 2016-2017. She scored over 1,200 points in her career at Waverly.