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STATE CHAMPS! ALL-JUNIOR TEAM: Final five for girls basketball

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, April 2, 2020, 3:14 pm

This week, we’ll be rolling out the final four nominees for each winter sport, to narrow down who’s still in play for a spot on our STATE CHAMPS! 2019-20 All-Junior Team. The final winter All-Junior Team will be unveiled in early April.

Next up, we take a look at the final five for girls basketball:

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Bree Salenbien, 6-3 W, Adrian Lenawee Christian

Ranked No. 31 in the Class of 2021 in ESPN’s HoopGurlz Super 60, and the No. 4 wing. 

She averaged 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 3.3 blocks and 3.0 steals, earning her third straight D4 AP Player of the Year honors as a junior. She was the only sophomore on the BCAM’s Best of the Best list last season.

Ella Stemmer, 5-10 G, Saline

BCAM’s Best in D1, as well as honorable mention D1 AP all-state as a sophomore, already past the 1,000-point plateau. Helped the Hornets tie the program record for wins (21) in a district championship victory over Ann Arbor Huron.

Averaged 21 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists for the Hornets, shooting 49 percent from the floor and 41 percent from the free-throw line, en route to MLive Player of the Year honors in Ann Arbor

Kailee Davis, 5-3 PG, Detroit Renaissance

HM D1 AP all-state as a sophomore, Davis led the Phoenix to their first PSL title since 2011, becoming one of the few underclassmen to win Ms. PSL honors. Averaged 16.8 points, 5.1 steals, 3.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and shot 47 percent from the floor, 35 percent from 3-point range for a 22-2 Renaissance squad, earning MLive Dream Team honors in Detroit. 

• Jillian Brown, 5-10 G, East Grand Rapids

HM D1 AP all-state as a sophomore, and HM BCAM’s Best. Averaged 22.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 3.0 steals and shot 35 percent from 3-point range, scoring her 1,000th career point this season, leading EGR to a 22-1 record. Recently committed to Northwestern, then was named MLive Player of the Year for Grand Rapids. 

Damiya “Dee Dee” Hagemann, 5-10 PG, Detroit Edison

First-team D2 AP all-state as a sophomore, one of three players from Edison to make the first team, along with last year’s Miss Basketball, Rickea Jackson, and this year’s Miss Basketball finalist, Gabby Elliott. Also BCAM’s Best in D2. 

Ranked No. 18 in the Class of 2021 in ESPN’s HoopGurlz Super 60, and the No. 4 point guard.

Averaged 12.1 points, 7.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals for an unbeaten Edison squad going for its fourth straight state title, earning MLive Dream Team honors in Detroit, and first-team all-state honors from AP.

[NOTE: AP all-state honors for Division 1 are due out today, Thursday, April 2]

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For a look at who made the initial watch list, CLICK HERE.

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Final four schedule >>

Monday, March 30: WRESTLING | HOCKEY

Tuesday, March 31: BOYS BOWLING | GIRLS BOWLING

Wednesday, April 1: BOYS SKIING | GIRLS SKIING

Thursday, April 2: BOYS BASKETBALL | GIRLS BASKETBALL

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A look back at the fall season winners, CLICK HERE.