Player of the Year honors were determined by a statewide media vote (Over 25 media members from all parts of the state) of people that work in media, 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 for both boys and girls.
2021 Sports in Kansas 1A-II Girls Basketball Player of the Year
Morgan Meyers, Cunningham
Cunningham 5-foot-7 senior point guard Morgan Meyers has delivered a highly impressive career for her father, Wildcat coach Eric Meyers. This winter, Cunningham finished 23-3. Morgan was a SIK 1A Player of the Year finalist as a junior. This year, she led Cunningham to a state runner-up showing against Claflin-Central Plains at Barton County Community College. Meyers, who received strong Division II/MIAA interest, has signed with Barton. Cunningham joined the 1988 Wildcat squad as the lone girls’ squads to reach a final in program history.
Meyers helped Cunningham to a state final four showing as a freshman and state quarterfinalist her junior year. Morgan, the youngest of three sisters, tallied 391 points this season and went just over 1,400 in her career. This year, Meyers missed three regular season games because of injury.
Overall, she was among Kansas’ best shooters with 45.8 percent from the field and 56.5 percent on effective field goal shooting, a measure of 2-point and 3-point shooting. She averaged 17.8 points, 6.3 assists, 3.5 steals and 3.4 rebounds. Morgan, known for her excellent ball handling, studying game film and basketball IQ, had a 1.96 assist to turnover ratio and shot 74.7 percent from the foul line. She started all four years and was the 54 Classic tournament MVP three times.
Cunningham defeated Ashland, 56-28, in the state quarterfinals. In the state semifinals, the Wildcats beat Beloit-St. John’s/Tipton, 52-31. In the finals, Central Plains narrowly beat Cunningham, 39-34. The semifinal win helped to tilt the POY honor in Meyers’ favor over BSJT senior standout Lauryn Dubbert, who finished in a very close second in the voting. Meyers finished with 28 points, and Dubbert delivered 18.
Eric Meyers, a Cunningham graduate and brother-in-law to highly successful Wichita Collegiate boys’ basketball coach Mitch Fiegel, collected a 199-71 career record and is expected to step aside to watch Morgan’s collegiate career. Coach Meyers was highly proud of his team against Central Plains, a program that has won a state record seven straight state titles. Cunningham lost just four total games, three to KSHSAA squads, in the last two seasons.
Congrats to Morgan Meyers on the Sports in Kansas 1A-II Player of the YEar and the Cunningham basketball team on their state runner-up finish. We are proud of you! - from the Ninnescah Valley Bank in Cunningham, proud supporters of WIldcat athletics!
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Congrats to Morgan Meyers and her team this season from Wheat State Elite. WSE is a proud supporter of high school basketball in Kansas. - Dylan Evans, Wheat State Elite.
Sports in Kansas 1A-II Player of the Year Finalists
Morgan Meyers, Cunningham
Kassidy Nixon, Central Plains
Lauryn Dubbert, Beloit/St. John’s-Tipton
Brynna Hammeke, Central Plains
Kassie Miller, Golden Plains
Ashley Stoll, Golden Plains
J.C. Allen, Weskan
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