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Jackson, Joiner, Ayrault and Winston named finalists for 2019 BCAM Miss Basketball award

By: Matthew B. Mowery, February 28, 2019, 10:20 am

The four finalists for the 2019 Mick McCabe Miss Basketball Award were announced Wednesday by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan — in conjunction with its award partner, the Detroit Free Press.

Detroit Edison All-American Rickea Jackson, Grosse Pointe North’s Julia Ayrault, Saginaw Heritage’s Moira Joiner and Muskegon’s Alyza Winston are the finalists.

Ballots will be emailed to active BCAM members on March 6, with voting concluding on March 11 at 9 p.m. The winner will be announced at the Free Press on March 18, and honored again at the state finals at Calvin College.

Three of the candidates are signed with Michigan State.

A 6-foot-2 guard/forward, Ayrault averages 19.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 4.5 steals and 4.0 blocks per game for Grosse Pointe North (17-2), which ran through the Macomb Area Conference Red Division and Red/White tournament without a loss.

A 5-9 guard, Joiner averages 21 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists, four steals and one block per game for the reigning Class A champion Hawks (16-2).

A 5-5 point guard, Winston is on pace to break Muskegon’s single-season scoring record, averaging 26 points per game for the Big Reds (14-4), along with three rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.2 steals.

The lone non-Spartan is Jackson, who became Michigan’s first McDonald’s All-American since 2010. She averages 22.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. The two-time reigning Class C champion Pioneers (18-1) are unbeaten against in-state competition this season, and ranked as the top team in the state.

Full stats for the players are available on the BCAM website.