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Breaking down the 2016-17 Miss Basketball Award Race

Basketball   | Jeff Dullack

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With the girls basketball season officially underway, here are some names to keep an eye on in the 2016-2017 Miss Basketball Award Race.

 

The Favorites (No Order):

Kierra Fletcher – Warren Cousino

Fletcher already led Cousino to a Class A state championship a season ago and will likely have the Patriots in a position for another run toward the Breslin Center again this year. Fletcher can do it all, as she nearly averaged a triple double as a junior, tallying 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists per game.

Destiny Pitts – Detroit Country Day

Able to score in a number of different ways, whether it’s driving to the basket or knocking down outside shots, Pitts is one of the most dangerous players in the state and has been throughout her entire high school career. Last season, Pitts averaged 18 points per game and led the Yellowjackets to the Class B state championship as a sophomore and to the semifinals last season.

Deja Church – Southfield A&T

Church nearly averaged a double-double a season ago, averaging 18 points per game and eight rebounds, while playing for Southfield-Lathrup. Look for Church to have another big season, and to help lead Southfield A&T on a long postseason run in Class A as well.

Who’s Next? (No Order):

Alisia Smith – Lansing Waverly

A force as a post player, Smith stands at 6-3 and has been nearly unstoppable throughout her high school career as she averaged 20 points per game last season.

Kamaria McDaniel – Dearborn Height Robichaud

One of the state’s more versatile players, capable of playing guard and forward, McDaniel averaged nearly 20 points per game as a junior as she helped lead the Bulldogs to the Class B quarterfinals.

Jordan Walker – Muskegon Mona Shores

A dynamic scorer, Walker averaged 20 points per game last season and already has a 30-point performance this season. Walker also averaged seven rebounds as a junior and figures to be in line for another big season this winter.

Darkhorse Candidates (No Order):

Breanna Perry – Flushing

Perry missed most of her junior season due to a torn ACL, but enters her senior year as one of the state’s top post players and could be in the Miss Basketball conversation with a strong season.

Ellie Taylor – Midland Dow

A deadly 3-point shooter, Taylor is more than capable of shooting her way into the Miss Basketball discussion.

Claire Hendrickson – Wyoming

Hendrickson missed all of her junior year due to injury, but make no mistake, Henrickson will be back and ready to put up big numbers this winter.