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Ten Jackson-area girls basketball players named to Associated Press all-state teams

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JACKSON – After a historic girls basketball season in the Jackson area, there were plenty of worthy candidates for a plethora of postseason awards.

The Associated Press recently released its 2021 all-state teams for Divisions 1-4 and 10 local standouts were named to their respective honorary lists. The selections were made by a voting panel of sportswriters from across the state.

Below is an overview of each Jackson-area girls basketball player who earned All-State honors for the 2021 season, sorted by division.

DIVISION 1

Jackson’s Dharyauna Pierce prepares to take a free throw during Friday’s Division 1 district championship game against Holt. (Photo courtesy of Dawn Wagner-Medina)

Maya Pierce, Jackson

Grade: Junior

Position: Wing

Stats: The junior standout averaged 16.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 steals, 1.5 assists per game for the Vikings while shooting 44 percent from the field, 35 percent on 3-point field goals and 77 percent from the free-throw line.

Notes: Pierce missed the final two weeks of the regular season due to a torn ACL but was named first team All-SEC White for her performance prior to her injury.

Western hosts Northwest in girls basketball

Jackson Northwest’s Layne Sleight (4) shoots the ball during a high school girls basketball game at Western High School on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. Western won the game over Northwest.J. Scott Park | MLive.com

Layne Sleight, Jackson Northwest

Grade: Sophomore

Position: Guard

Stats: The sophomore guard averaged 15.6 points, 5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2 steals per game for the Mounties this season, as she earned first team all-conference honors in the Interstate Eight.

Notes: Sleight scored a career-high 28 points, including 16 in the first quarter, to lead Northwest to a 62-48 win over Holt in the Division 2 district semifinals and helped the Mounties to a 46-40 win over Mason in the Division 2 district championship game.

MORE: Meet MLive’s 2021 girls basketball Dream Team from Jackson

DIVISION 2

Leslie vs. Stockbridge girls basketball

Stockbridge’s Gwen Rogozinski (4) shoots during a girls basketball game at Stockbridge High School on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Stockbridge won the game over Leslie, 39-35.J. Scott Park | MLive.com

Gwen Rogozinski, Stockbridge

Grade: Junior

Position: Guard

Stats: The junior guard averaged 21.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 2.4 steals per game for the Panthers this season and knocked down 25 3-point field goals.

Notes: Her season highlights include a 31-point performance against Lake Odessa Lakewood on Feb. 22 and surpassing the 1,000-point milestone in her varsity career during a March 6 game against Perry. She already holds the program record for 3-pointers made in a game with eight and points in a game in 42 and will likely add a few more next season for the Panthers.

Parma Western vs Jonesville girls basketball for Division 2 district championship

Parma Western’s Hillary Griffin (13) shoots the ball during a MHSAA Division 2 girls basketball district final at Harper Creek High School on Friday, March 26, 2021. Parma Western won the game over Jonesville, 54-31.J. Scott Park | MLive.com

Hillary Griffin, Parma Western

Grade: Junior

Position: Forward

Stats: The junior forward averaged 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.95 steals and 1.6 blocks per game for the Panthers this season. The lengthy forward also knocked down 19 3-point attempts, while shooting 35 percent from distance on the season, 70 percent from the free-throw line and 54 percent total field goal percentage.

Notes: Griffin was one of the best two-way players in the area this season, as her ability to alter shots at the rim as a defender and drive the lane on offense made her a matchup nightmare for most teams the Panthers went up against during their run to the Division 2 state semifinals and the first regional championship in school history.

Portland vs Parma Western

Parma Western junior Alyna Lewis (10) attempts to drive past Portland junior Ashley Bower (10) during the third quarter at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

Alyna Lewis, Parma Western

Grade: Junior

Position: Guard

Stats: The junior guard averaged 12.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.6 steals per game for the Panthers this season. Despite being 5-foot-5, Lewis was often the team’s leading rebounder, as well as a primary scorer. She shot 36 percent on 3-point attempts, 74.5 percent from the free-throw line and 47 percent from the field.

Notes: Lewis’s speed and agility and defense helped the Panthers pressure opponents into turnovers and also made her a scoring threat off the dribble on offense. Her leadership and basketball IQ helped push the Panthers to their first regional title in school history and a state semifinal appearance in the Division 2 state tournament.

MORE: Jackson-area high school basketball teams make unprecedented season unforgettable

DIVISION 3

MHSAA Division 3 girls basketball final: Grass Lake vs Kent City

Grass Lake’s Abrie Cabana (22) shoots the ball during the MHSAA Division 3 girls basketball championship game at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on Friday, April 9, 2021. Grass Lake won the game over Kent City, 52-50.J. Scott Park | MLive.com

Abrie Cabana, Grass Lake

Grade: Senior

Position: Guard

Stats: Cabana averaged 20 points, 4.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.9 steals per game for the Division 3 state champion Warriors. She shot 54 percent from the field and 44 percent on 3-point attempts.

Notes: Cabana’s season highlights include a 30-point game against Division 1 runner-up Detroit Renaissance, 27 points against Chandler Park (Division 2) and 21 points against Detroit Edison (Division 2). Whenever her team needed a bucket, Cabana was the one facilitating her teammates for open looks or manufacturing her own shot off the dribble. The four-year varsity standout is headed to Grand Valley State University next season to continue her basketball career.

Grass Lake vs. Ypsi Arbor Prep girls basketball regional

Grass Lake’s Lexus Bargesser (1) looks for a route during Grass Lake’s regional final game against Ypsi Arbor Prep at Whitmore Lake High School on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.Jacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor News

Lexus Bargesser, Grass Lake

Grade: Junior

Position: Guard

Stats: Bargesser averaged 24 points, 4.5 assists, 8.3 rebounds and 3.8 steals per game for Grass Lake and shot 55 percent from the field and 41 percent on 3-point attempts. Her season highlights include a 41-point game against Chandler Park (Division 2), 27 points against Detroit Renaissance (Division 1 runner-up), 27 points against Detroit Edison (Division 2), 22 points against Ypsilanti Arbor Prep (Division 3) and capped off her season with 16 points, 10 rebounds, five steals, two assists and one block in the Division 3 state championship game against Kent City.

Notes: The four-star recruit is rated No. 56 overall in the Class of 2022 according to ESPN and holds more than 50 scholarship offers after an explosive summer on the AAU circuit for the Michigan Premier basketball organization. For her exceptional season output, undeniable impact on each game and ability to elevate her game against the best of the best, Bargesser is the 2021 MLive Jackson girls basketball Player of the Year.

Grass Lake vs Michigan Center girls basketball

Michigan Center’s Shea Tripp (23) drives to the basket during a high school girls basketball game at Grass Lake High School on Thursday, March 18, 2021. Grass Lake won the game over Michigan Center, 52-35.J. Scott Park | MLive.com

Shea Tripp, Michigan Center

Grade: Senior

Position: Forward

Stats: Tripp averaged 18.4 points, 11.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 5.5 assists and 1 block per game, which included a quadruple-double (22 points, 20 rebounds, 13 assists and 10 steals) in her team’s season-opening win over Manchester.

Notes: The senior forward did a little bit of everything for the Cardinals this year, who were replacing four of five starters from last year’s regional finalist run. She finished the season with eight double-doubles in only 14 games played due to a two-week quarantine in late February, but few players in state had a bigger all-around impact on a game than No. 23 for the Cardinals. The dynamic playmaker will be continuing her basketball career at Wayne State University this fall.

Grass Lake vs Michigan Center girls basketball

Grass Lake’s Gabrielle Lutchka (32) shoots the ball during a high school girls basketball game at Grass Lake High School on Thursday, March 18, 2021. Grass Lake won the game over Michigan Center, 52-35.J. Scott Park | MLive.com

Gabi Lutchka, Grass Lake

Grade: Junior

Position: Forward

Stats: The junior forward averaged 12 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.6 steals per game for the Division 3 state champion Warriors. She shot 60 percent from the field and 41 percent on 3-point attempts.

Notes: Lutchka’s season highlights include a 21-point performance against Ypsilanti Arbor Prep in the Division 3 regional finals and a 14-point performance against Kent City in the Division 3 state championship game, in which Lutchka knocked down four 3-pointers in the first half. When opponents focused their efforts on keeping her teammates out of the lane, Lutchka made them pay by knocking down shot after shot from distance, as the future Northwood University player proved to be a pivotal performer during Grass Lake’s state title run.

Homer vs. Columbia Central in Division 3 girls basketball regional semifinal

Columbia Central’s Zoie Bamm (34) shoots the ball during a MHSAA Division 3 girls basketball regional semifinal at Hanovr-Horton High School on Monday, March 29, 2021. Columbia Central won the game over Homer, 65-18.J. Scott Park | MLive.com

Zoie Bamm, Columbia Central

Grade: Sophomore

Position: Center

Stats: The sophomore center averaged 17.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.4 steals per game for the Golden Eagles. She shot 60 percent from the field and was named first team all-conference in the Lenawee County Athletic Association for the second season in a row.

Notes: Few post players in the state combine the size, strength, agility and shooting touch that Bamm possesses, and she usually showcased those skills in the biggest moments. She was a pivotal force in helping the Golden Eagles to a 16-4 overall record and its first regional championship since 1976.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Grass Lake vs. Columbia Central girls basketball

Grass Lake head coach Andrea Cabana shouts to her players from the sideline during Grass Lake’s state quarterfinal game against Columbia Central at Lincoln High School on Monday, April 5, 2021.Jacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor News

Andrea Cabana, Grass Lake

In just five seasons, Cabana has helped turn the Grass Lake girls basketball program into a state-title contender. The Warriors have gone 95-18 under Cabana’s leadership and have captured four Cascades Conference championships, three district titles, a regional title and a Division 3 state championship. This season, Cabana paved the way for a potential state-title run by scheduling six high-profile contests in non-conference action. The gamble on her team paid off as the Warriors ultimately claimed Jackson County’s first-ever girls basketball state championship with a 52-50 win over Kent City in the Division 3 state title game.

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