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High school basketball: Five-star guard Jaden Hardy expected to sign with G-League - HIGHSCORE
High school basketball: Five-star guard Jaden Hardy expected to sign with G-League
Senior high school basketball star Jaden Hardy of Coronado (Henderson, Nev.) is expected to join the NBA G League Ignite team, according to a Saturday report from Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The 6-foot-4 guard is the No. 3 prospect in the Class of 2021 according to 247Sports. Hardy will be following in the footsteps of Class of 2020 prospects Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga and  Isaiah Todd among others in selecting the G League path over the traditional collegiate route.

Hardy missed his entire senior season after the Nevada Interscholastic Athletics Association canceled the 2020-21 winter sports season because of COVID-19.

In 2019-20, Hardy earned first team MaxPreps Junior All-America honors after averaging 30.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game. His junior season was highlighted by a 62-point game in which he led his team back from a 21-point deficit. He also recorded 11 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and four steals in the comeback victory.

The McDonald's All-American selection chose the professional path over his final list of college options including Arizona, Arizona State, Kentucky and UCLA.

Hardy is considered one of the most lethal and versatile scorers in the Class of 2021 and is projected to be a lottery pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Coronado guard Jaden Hardy drives to the basket.
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Coronado guard Jaden Hardy drives to the basket.
Top female high school athlete in each state - HIGHSCORE
Top female high school athlete in each state
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Paige Bueckers of Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) was named the MaxPreps Female Athlete of the Year, but who are the top athletes in the other states?

From Maine to Hawaii and Alaska to Florida, the nation is chock full of amazing talents. All-state honorees, players of the year and record-setters dot the list as MaxPreps chooses the top athlete in every state in the country, along with the District of Columbia.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Alabama
Grace Carr, Mountain Brook (Birmingham)
The Class 7A state Player of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, Carr led her team to a state championship and finished with 713 kills and 583 digs on the season.

Alaska
Destiny Reimers, Anchorage Christian (Anchorage)
Reimers earned all-state honors three times in her career and led Anchorage Christian to a 23-1 record and a state championship.

Arizona
Alyssa Brown, Sahuaro (Tucson)
One of the leading scorers in the country, Brown averaged 31.4 points in leading Sahuaro to the state championship game and a 28-2 record.

Arkansas
Jersey Wolfenbarger, Northside (Fort Smith)
The MaxPreps state basketball Player of the Year is one of the top recruits in the Class of 2021. She led Northside to a 25-3 record while averaging 18.7 points per game.

California
Te-Hina Paopao, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla)
A MaxPreps first team All-American, Paopao averaged 22.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in helping La Jolla Country Day to a No. 1 ranking in the nation.

Colorado
Julianna Dalton, Chaparral (Parker)
Dalton earned All-American honors by Under Armour after leading Chaparral to a Class 5A state championship. She had 313 kills and 289 digs and was the state's 5A state player of the year.

Connecticut
Sydney Masciarelli, Marianapolis Prep (Thompson)
The top distance runner in the state finished seventh at the Foot Locker championships and was second in the Foot Locker northeast regional.

Delaware
Allie Kubek, Sanford (Hockessin)
Kubek has been all-state three times and helped lead Sanford to an 18-2 record this year while averaging 20.2 points per game.

Washington, D.C.
Kiki Rice, Sidwell Friends
A Gatorade state Player of the Year in soccer and basketball, Rice averaged 26.8 points in leading her team to a 25-6 record this year.

Florida
O'Mariah Gordon, Braden River (Bradenton)
A two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year, Gordon was a fourth-team MaxPreps All-American while averaging 23.1 points per game.

Georgia
Savannah Bray, Etowah (Woodstock)
Named the Class 7A state Player of the Year, Bray led her team to the state semifinals. She posted 734 kills and 705 dogs and had a state record 2,304 kills, according to the Tribune Ledger.

Hawaii
Elena Oglivie, 'Iolani (Honolulu)
A three-time Gatorade State Player of the Year in volleyball, Oglivie played for Team USA during the World Championships and also had 259 kills for ‘Iolani during the fall season.

Idaho
Peyton McFarland, Boise
At 6-foot-4, McFarland ranks as one of the top post players in the Class of 2020. She averaged 16.2 points and 9.1 rebounds while leading her team to a 17-9 record.

Illinois
Katelynne Hart, Glenbard West (Glen Ellyn)
The state Class 3A champion in cross country for the fourth time, Hart finished fourth at the Foot Locker National Championships.

Indiana
Madison Layden, Northwestern (Kokomo)
Layden finished her career as one of the state's all-time leading scorers with 2,360 points. She earned all-state honors three times and averaged 25.6 points this year.

Iowa
Caitlin Clark, Dowling Catholic (West Des Moines)
Clark twice earned Gatorade Player of the Year honors, including her senior year when she averaged 33.4 points. She scored 2,547 points in her four-year varsity career.

Kansas
Kendra Wait, Gardner-Edgerton (Gardner)
Wait posted 2,669 assists and 1,078 digs in her high school volleyball career, according to Gatorade. She was also the Kansas Gatorade State Player of the Year in track and field as a junior.

Kentucky
Anna DeBeer, Assumption (Louisville)
DeBeer helped lead Assumption to a state championship and earned MaxPreps first team All-America honors. She had 409 kills and 287 digs on the season.

Louisiana
Jerkaila Jordan, John Curtis Christian (River Ridge)
Jordan led the Patriots to a 27-4 record and a fourth straight Division I championship. She was also a four-time state championship game MVP. She finished the season averaging 21.7 points per game.

Maine
Emily Archibald, Kennebunk
A soccer and basketball standout, Archibald averaged 20 points and 13.5 rebounds for the basketball team and was named league player of the year for the second time.

Maryland
Mary Grace Goyena, Mount de Sales Academy (Catonsville)
Mount de Sales won the IAAM volleyball championship on the play of Goyena, who had 410 kills on the season.

Massachusetts
Francesca Frelick, Austin Prep (Reading)
The returning Division III Player of the Year in softball, Frelick was also a four-time CCL all-star in ice hockey.

Michigan
Jess Mruzik, Mercy (Farmington Hills)
A MaxPreps All-American, Mruzik led Mercy to a 59-1 record and a state championship. She had 495 kills and 209 digs on the season.
Jess Mruzik, Mercy
File photo by Kent Koller
Jess Mruzik, Mercy
Minnesota
Paige Bueckers, Hopkins (Minnetonka)
The MaxPreps National Athlete of the Year will play at UConn next year after averaging 21.4 points and 9.4 assists per game at Hopkins.

Mississippi
Jaccoria Bracey, Ruleville Central (Ruleville)
Averaging 35 points per game, Bracey was the MaxPreps state Player of the Year in 2020. She finished her career as one of the state's all-time leading scorers with 4,334 points.

Missouri
Birdie Hendrickson, Logan-Rogersville (Rogersville)
A two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year, Hendrickson led her team to the state finals and had 483 kills and 382 digs on the season.

Montana
Kyndall Keller , Havre
Keller earned all-state honors three years in a row and led her team to a 20-2 record in 2020. She averaged 18.7 points during the season.

Nebraska
Lindsay Krause, Skutt Catholic (Omaha)
A MaxPreps second team All-American, Krause led her team to a Class B state championship and had 360 kills and 143 digs on the year.

Nevada
Audrey Boch Collins, Clark (Las Vegas)
Boch Collins became the first girls tennis player to win the single state championship four years in a row. She is one of the top-ranked high school players in the country.

New Hampshire
Shauna Vadeboncoeur, Exeter
Just a sophomore, Vadeboncoeur was the Division I girls hockey Player of the Year after registering 42 goals with 17 assists.

New Jersey
Anna Morris, Immaculate Heart Academy (Washington Township)
A basketball and volleyball standout, Morris led her team to a Non-Public Tournament of Champions title in volleyball and had 413 kills for the season. She's headed to Northwestern on a basketball scholarship.

New Mexico
Viane Cumber, Sandia (Albuquerque)
Cumber, a junior, led her team to a 21-5 record and averaged 22.4 points and 10.6 rebounds.

New York
Katelyn Tuohy, North Rockland (Thiells)
The top distance runner in the country for three years in a row, Tuohy is a four-time Gatorade Player of the Year winner. She won the Nike Cross Nationals for the third straight year.

North Carolina
Saniya Rivers, Ashley (Wilmington)
Already a two-time Gatorade state Player of the Year, Rivers returns for her senior season next year as one of the top all-around players in the Class of 2021. She averaged 250 points and 11.8 rebounds at Ashley.

North Dakota
Abigail Duchscherer, Kindred
Only a sophomore, Duchscherer is already one of the top basketball players in the state as she has been named all-state three times and is closing in on 2,000 career points.

Ohio
Madeline Westbeld, Fairmont (Kettering)
A McDonald's All-Star Game participant, Westbeld helped her team to the regional finals and a 25-3 record. She averaged 18 points and 11.2 rebounds on the season.

Oklahoma
Aaliyah Moore, Moore
A MaxPreps All-American, Moore is one of the top players in the Class of 2021. She averaged 21.9 points and 10.9 rebounds this season.

Oregon
Fiona Max, Summit (Bend)
Finishing 10th at the Nike Cross Nationals, Max earned All-American honors. She is a two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year honoree and she led Summit to the Class 6A state championship this year.

Pennsylvania
Marlee Starliper, Northern York (Dillsburg)
One of the top cross country and track and field long distance runners in the nation, Starliper finished fifth at the Nike Cross Country Nationals and second at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.

Rhode Island
Keri Spitler, North Kingstown
Spitler led her team to a second straight state volleyball championship and a 19-0 record. She had 283 kills and 129 digs on the year.

South Carolina
Loyal McQueen, Wilson (Florence)
McQueen was one of the top scorers in the state with 27.3 points per game and over 2,000 in her career. She is a three-time all-state pick by the state coaches association and played five years on the varsity.

South Dakota
Kadye Fernholz, Miller
A second team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, Fernholz had 575 kills and 437 digs in leading Miller to a 34-3 record.

Tennessee
Alex Walsh, Harpeth Hall (Nashville)
The nation's No. 2 swimming recruit, Walsh set a national high school record in the 100 backstroke this year.

Texas
Paige Flickinger, Byron Nelson (Trophy Club)
The MaxPreps Volleyball Player of the Year, Flickinger led her team to a Class 6A state championship and had 797 kills and 813 digs on the season.

Utah
Kennady McQueen, North Summit (Coalville)
A two-sport star, McQueen averaged 20.7 points per game in basketball for a team that went 24-2. In volleyball, she had 215 kills and 222 digs.

Vermont
Kristyna Kaltounkova, Vermont Academy (Saxtons River)
A native of Czechoslovakia, Kaltounkova has been one of the top hockey players in New England for the past four seasons, recently committing to play at Colgate.

Virginia
Sydney Reed, Flint Hill (Oakton)
The VISAA Division I player of the year, Reed led Flint to a 31-1 record and a state title. She had 253 digs and 243 kills on the season.

Washington
Hailey Van Lith, Cashmere
Van Lith was rated as one of the top guards in the country this year and was the Seattle Times State Player of the Year. She ended her career as the state's all-time leading scorer with 2,994 points.

West Virginia
Skye Stokes, Oak Glen (New Cumberland)
Stokes led Oak Glen to a 38-0 record, a Class AA state championship and was named the state Player of the Year. She had 392 kills, 158 aces and 235 digs.

Wisconsin
Lexi Donarski, Aquinas (La Crosse)
A McDonald's All-Star Game selection, Donarski averaged 24 points per game and led her team to a 22-1 record. She is a three-time all-state pick.

Wyoming
Danilynn Schell, Kelly Walsh (Casper)
Schell is a four-time all-state pick and she led Kelly Walsh to a Class 4A state title and a 35-1 record. She also had 528 assists on the season. She was also one of the top players on the basketball team that won the Class 4A state championship.
Kennady McQueen, North Summit
File photo by Dave Argyle
Kennady McQueen, North Summit
Best high school volleyball player in all 50 states - HIGHSCORE
Best high school volleyball player in all 50 states
While football might have dominated the national headlines in terms of moving seasons due to the coronavirus, high school volleyball also has been affected across the country. We've spotlighted the best high school volleyball player in each state, regardless of whether the schedule is being played as regularly planned or an alternate calendar is in place.

From All-Americans to up-and-comers, players were identified based on last year's statistical data provided to MaxPreps, as well as local, state or national honors from multiple media outlets.

You could make the case that some, if not all, states could list out multiple players deserving of the honor. However, we've attempted to narrow it down to just one player per state set to serve, bump or spike it up this year.
Graphic by Ryan Escobar
Alabama
6-foot-1 | OH | Sr. | Committed to Samford
The All-State and al.com Hunstville All-Region Player of the Year smashed 23 kills and dug 19 balls in the Trojans' four-set loss in the 6A title game. She posted 771 kills, 135 blocks, 243 digs and 63 aces for 58-9 Hazel Green.

Alaska
5-8 | OH | Sr. | Undecided
The Wolverines went 58-10-3 and won the 4A title thanks to Houser's 301 kills (second-best on the team), while she added 156 digs and 61 blocks.

Arizona
Reagan Hope, Northwest Christian (Phoenix)
6-2 | MB | Sr. | Oregon

The future Duck enters this season with nearly 1,300 kills for the reigning 3A champions. In 2019, Hope pounded 509 kills along with 272 digs and 92 aces.

Arkansas
6-0 | OH | Sr. | Mississippi State
While Mavericks libero Hannah Hogue was in the mix, the numbers Fitzgerald posted in the 6A runner-up season are impressive: 414 kills, 117 aces, 82 blocks, 238 digs and 416 serve receives.

California
6-0 | S | Sr. | Stanford
While Elia Rubin and fellow Sea Hawk Mele Corral-Blagojevich are worthy candidates and might be tops in following years, Miner's leadership, pedigree and stats are undeniable. The future Cardinal and daughter of former NBA player Harold Miner was a MaxPreps first-team All American in addition to playing on the gold-medal winning Girls U18 World Championship team last September in Egypt.

Colorado
6-1 | MB | Sr. | Duke
A first-team All-State pick for the Titans, Kadel blasted a team-high 428 kills with 71 blocks, 50 aces and 70 digs.

Connecticut
Emma Appleman, Guilford
5-10 | OH/S | Sr. | Charleston
Her 400 kills as a junior inched close to the 1,000-kill mark. The runner-up Indians also benefited from Appleman's 551 digs and 165 aces.

Delaware
5-10 | MB | Jr. | Undecided
In a 3-1 state finals win, she pounded out 19 kills with four blocks and seven digs. She was one of two juniors named to the DIVCA first-team All-State team.

District of Columbia
Rachel Richardson, St. John's (Washington, D.C.)
5-9 | OH | Sr. | Duke
Earning the District's Gatorade and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors, Richardson led the Cadets to a 33-3 mark while posting 465 kills, 253 digs and 44 aces. 

Florida
Paris Thompson, Fort Myers
6-1 | OH | Sr. | Notre Dame

The Fort Myers News-Press chose her as its Player of the Decade. In 2019, she set a school record with 446 kills, including a single-game mark of 31. A three-year standout, Thompson is approaching 1,000 career kills.
Paris Thompson, Fort Myers
File photo by Darin Sicurello
Paris Thompson, Fort Myers
Georgia
Evoni Lemons, Alpharetta
5-8 | OH | Sr. | Undecided
The 42-7 Raiders were paced by Lemons' 667 kills, hitting at a 45 percent rate. She added 454 digs, 45 blocks and 29 aces as Alpharetta was ranked in the MaxPreps Top 25 during the 2019 season.

Hawaii
6-0 | OH | Jr. | Undecided
Led the DI state champion Warriors in kills with 381, while pouring in 33 aces, 51 blocks, 247 digs and 163 serve receives. Kahahawai was on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Fab 15 team.

Idaho
6-1 | OH | Sr. | Undecided
She was nails for the 34-14 5A champions, dishing up 729 assists while adding 207 digs and 236 kills. Clark also added 40 aces for the Titans.

Illinois
5-5 | L | Sr. | Nebraska
The state Gatorade Player of the Year led the Warriors to a repeat 3A title. She had 415 digs, 232 assists and 32 aces while missing time with a gold medal stint at the FIVB U18 World Championships in Egypt.

Indiana
6-1 | OH | Sr. | North Carolina
The younger sister of the Trojans' duo, Mabrey pounded out 670 kills with 120 aces, 39 blocks, 228 digs and 337 serve receives as New Castle won its third straight Indiana title (the first 4A crown after back-to-back 3A championships.)

Iowa
6-2 | OH | Jr. | Nebraska
The Hawkeye State's No. 1 Class of 2022 recruit according to prepdig.com, Kubik had 491 kills, 228 digs65 aces and 28 blocks for the 5A runners-up.

Kansas
5-10 | S | Sr. | Creighton
In addition to being a first-team 6A All-State pick, Wait also was the state Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior. She notched 944 assists, 417 digs, 143 kills and 52 aces for the 6A consolation winners.

Kentucky
5-6 | L/DS | Sr. | Kentucky
The state Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-State pick, Beavin had 555 digs and 505 serve receives last year (with nearly 1,200 of each in her career).

Louisiana
6-0 | OH | Sr. | Undecided
The state Gatorade Player of the Year led the Rebels to a third straight DII title and a 44-6 mark. She had 526 digs, 517 kills, 86 assists, 85 blocks and 32 service aces. Hidalgo was the D-II state tournament MVP and a first-team All-State choice.

Maine
6-3 | OH | Sr. | San Diego
A two-time All-State Player of the Year and Gatorade selection, Hester had 329 kills, 161 digs and 14 blocks as the Yachtsmen won the Class A title.

Maryland
6-1 | OH | Sr. | Undecided
While leading the Sailors to s 23-3 mark and IAAM title, Goyena was named the state Gatorade Player of the Year while also picking up her third All-IAAM first team selection. She posted 405 kills, 133 digs and 58 aces.

Massachusetts
5-10 | OH | Sr. | Undecided
Blasting 290 kills along with 182 digs and 60 aces earned Amory the Dual County League All-Star pick.

Michigan
5-11 | OH | Sr. | Marquette
While leading the Red Arrows to a 55-4 mark and Division I runner-up finish, Reitsma hammered 873 kills along with 422 digs and 86 aces. She was a MaxPreps All-American and her monstrous year notched her ahead of other standouts Addie VanderWeide and Evelyn Doezema.

Minnesota
6-0 | S | Jr. | Nebraska
The Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year as well as the Gatorade selection, Orr's numbers across the board were noteworthy: 411 assists, 380 kills and 230 digs. She led the Wildcats to a 29-3 mark and a runner-up finish in the 3A championship. She already has more than 1,600 assists and 800 kills in two years.

Mississippi
5-10 | OH | Sr. | LSU (beach)
Picking up where she left off, Bracken already has 120 kills on the season for the Raiders. Last year's Gatorade selection, she totaled 648 kills, 517 digs and 120 aces while leading her squad to the MidSouth Association of Independent Schools title. She was a Clarion Ledger first-team pick.

Missouri
5-8 | S | Jr. | Undecided
The All-State pick racked up 1,059 assists (more than 11 per set) and 255 digs in her sophomore season for the 37-4-1 Eagles, which won the Class 4 title.

Montana
6-3 | MB | Sr. | Boise State
The Bruins went 33-0 en route to their second straight AA state title in 2019 and the state Gatorade winner was a big reason. She posted 293 kills with 127 digs, 90 aces and 86 blocks. Bartsch was the Western Conference AA Player of the Year and is a two-time first team All-State pick.
 
Nebraska
Lindsay Krause, Skutt Catholic (Omaha)
6-3 | OH | Sr. | Nebraska
A MaxPreps All-American and state Gatorade recipient, Krause led the SkyHawks to a 34-5 mark and Class B title. She posted 360 kills, 152 digs and 28 blocks for Skutt Catholic. She also was part of the U18 gold medal team in Egypt last September while also landing on the Lincoln Journal Star Super-State first team and the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska first team.

Nevada
5-9 | S | Jr. | Undecided
As a sophomore, she broke single-season state records for assists (1,474 at 13.3 per set) an aces (122) last fall. She added 294 digs, 63 kills and 32 blocks and sits at 2,097 assist with two years in her prep career.
Caroline Edgeworth, Bishop Gorman
File photo by Jann Hendry
Caroline Edgeworth, Bishop Gorman
New Hampshire
S | Sr. | Undecided
The Red Raiders' setter led them to a quarterfinal appearance in the Division I state tournament while notching 507 assists, 187 digs, 27 kills and 34 aces.

New Jersey
5-10 | OH | Sr. | South Carolina (beach)
The lone junior to be named first team All-State by NJ.com. Wilcock pounded 434 kills for the Public Group 3 state champion Minutemen (19-7). She added 45 assists, 279 digs and 30 aces and led West Morris Mendham to the Tournament of Champions finals.

New Mexico
5-8 | OH | Sr. | New Mexico State
The two-time 5A All-State choice teamed with rising junior Erin Jones to lead the Bears to a 22-1 mark and stat title. McIntosh had 323 kills, 30 blocks and 71 digs

New York
6-0 | OH | Jr. | Undecided
Blasting 523 kills — the second highest single-season total in school history — as a sophomore and led the Spartans to a 44-6 mark and Class A state crown. She added 278 digs and 52 aces and should pass the 1,000 career kill mark this season.

North Carolina
6-0 | S | Jr. | Missouri
Playing on a nationally ranked team, Buckley dished up 451 assists, 262 digs, 260 kills (while hitting .421) and 46 aces for a 31-4 team that also snagged the NCISAA state crown.
 
North Dakota
Grace Solberg, Fargo Davies (Fargo)
5-10 | OH | Sr. | Undecided
The three-year started led 33-4 Eagles to their first state title, grabbing a 28-match win streak along the way. A stalwart all season, Solberg led the Eagles in the title tilt with 14 kills and three aces.

Ohio
6-2 | OH | Jr. | Florida
The future Gator pasted 442 kills (5.39 per set) while hitting .287. She added 40 blocks and 29 digs for the Cougars as they went 25-3 and reached the state semifinals.

Oklahoma
5-3 | L/DS | Jr. | Undecided
A four-year starter as Oklahoma has started playing this fall, Cramer helped the Huskies to their second 6A title, capping a 29-5 year with a four-set title win over Broken Arrow. Last year, Cramer posted 505 digs for Edmond North.

Oregon
6-0 | OH | Sr. | Undecided
She blasted 288 kills with 39 blocks as the Crusaders rose up and took an epic five-set 6A title win over Central Catholic. In the title match, Dowdall blasted 19 kills as Jesuit returns two other players from the championship team.

Pennsylvania
5-10 | OH | Jr. | Undecided
She ended 2019 with a team-best 515 kills along with 342 digs, 37 aces and 29 blocks. She also had a team-high 509 serve receptions.

Rhode Island
5-8 | MB | Sr. | Undecided
With a lot of junior talent sprinkled on the All-State teams, Monroe stood out down the stretch for the Skippers on their way to an undefeated year and state title.

South Carolina
6-4 | MH | Jr. | Undecided
In each of her first two seasons, Singletary has posted at least 500 kills, notching 539 (second-best in the state) last season for the Cyclones. She also had 93 blocks.

South Dakota
6-1 | S | So. | Undecided
A state Player of the Year nominee as a freshman, Reilly dished up 503 assists while adding 265 digs, 225 kills and47 aces for the 26-5 Knights, who fell in the AA title match. In addition to her state accolades, Reilly was a Freshman of the Year candidate from PrepVolleyball.com and named as one of 36 athletes to train as part of the Girls Incoming Youth Holiday National Training Team.

Tennessee
6-1 | OH | Sr. | Alabama
The Volunteer State Gatorade winner won her third Tennessee AAA title this season (the seventh straight for Brentwood) while recording eye-popping number: 856 kills, 444 digs, 80 blocks and 87 aces.

Texas
6-0 | S | Sr. | Wyoming
The MaxPreps All-American already surpassed the 3,000 assist mark for the 6A champion Bobcats, including 1,944 last season. The 6-foot future Cowboy averaged more than 13 assists while chipping in 302 digs and 117 kills. The Lone Star State also has a handful of standouts who could've been on the list, including Charitie Luper, Ally Batenhorst, Cecily Bramschreiber and Averi Carlson.

Utah
6-1 | OH | Jr. | Undecided
A Deseret News first team selection, Shewell finished her fall campaign with a state-best 443 kills (4.6 per set) with 138 digs and 42 blocks.

Vermont
5-2 | L | Sr. | Undecided
The state Gatorade selection had 111 digs, 93 aces and 42 assists while adding 22 kills for the 14-4 Cougars, who made the Division I semifinals.

Virginia
5-11 | MB | Sr. | undecided
The Huskies' middle had 16 kills in the VISAA D1 state title match and earned first-team All-State honors. She blasted 265 kills, 46 assists, 69 blocks and 51 digs on the season.

Washington
6-0 | OH/MB | So. | Undecided
The 4A SPSL as well as the News Tribune Player of the Year burst on to the scene in her freshman campaign, hitting 472 kills while adding 195 digs and 40 blocks for the Eagles, who took third in the 4A state tournament.

West Virginia
5-9 | OH | Sr. | Tusculum
The rising senior pasted 505 kills along with 87 aces and 40 blocks as the Patriots went 58-2-2 and took the AAA title.

Wisconsin
Mckenna Wucherer, Brookfield Central (Brookfield)
6-1 | OH | Jr. | Minnesota
The future Gopher notched 346 digs last season en route to being named the Greater Metro Conference Player of the Year. She also led the state with 592 kills and led the Lancers with 65 aces.

Wyoming
6-2 | S | Jr. | Florida
Despite missing time with a broken thumb, the future Gator was the state 4A East Player of the Year. She totaled 315 kills, 271 assists and 315 digs for the Plainsmen.
High school girls basketball rankings: Four HIGHSCORE Top 25 teams comprise year-ending GEICO Nationals field - HIGHSCORE
High school girls basketball rankings: Four MaxPreps Top 25 teams comprise year-ending GEICO Nationals field
There's been so much written and said and broadcast about how different the past 12 months have been, but when it comes to basketball, the game is still the same.

And postseason is still postseason, with upsets, close games, controversy and, sometimes tears. Even the winners cry sometimes, but they also hang banners in the gym, and in the end, it doesn't matter if the banner was won during a COVID year or not. Players still had to perform, coaches still had to lead and fans still had to fret until the issue was no longer in doubt.

And in the same way, a spot in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school girls basketball rankings is something earned. Every team listed below earned its ranking on the court, playing the same game that teams ranked in the past did, and the same one that will be played next year and beyond.

Of course things might have been different without the pandemic, but "might" covers a lot of ground. What counts more is "achieved," and that's what all the teams in the MaxPreps Top 25 did – and there's no asterisk involved.

NOTE: Coaches and team personnel are encouraged to update schedules and results on MaxPreps – especially those in the mix for MaxPreps Top 25 consideration. For assistance or questions, please reach out to [email protected]
Tanajah Hayes, Zebulon B. Vance
Photo by Matthew Plyler
Tanajah Hayes, Zebulon B. Vance
MaxPreps Top 25 Girls Basketball Rankings

Record: 19-0 | Last week: 1
The GEICO High School Nationals will be in Fort Myers, Fla., just three hours away through the middle of Florida — so will Lake Highland Prep have any sort of home-court advantage? Not really, but then again, the Highlanders may not need it.

2. Westlake (Atlanta)
Record:
21-0 | Last week: 2
The unbeaten season, the No. 2 ranking and invite to the GEICO High School Nationals all were looking a little shaky at halftime of the AAAAAA title game — but then Westlake asserted itself and pulled away for a 64-46 win over pesky Carrolton.

3. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati)
Record:
28-0 | Last week: 3
The 72nd straight win and eighth state title did not come easy, as it took double overtime for the Cougars to tame No. 12 Newark in the championship game. The final was 57-55, so it was a nail-biter until the last horn sounded.

4. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: 4
Hopkins disposed of 14-win Becker with no problem, and now prepares for the AAAA playoffs — which won't begin until Friday. There's still a long way to go, though, as the state title game isn't until April 9.

5. Edison Academy (Detroit)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 5
The Pioneers found fifth gear, it seems, as they beat two of the better teams in state by 27 and 20 last week. Wayne Memorial, another quality team, shows up on the schedule Saturday.

6. Incarnate Word Academy (St. Louis)
Record:
27-0 | Last week: 6
The Red Knights were pushed before slipping past Rock Bridge 46-42 in the Class 6 playoffs. Now, Staley is up in the semifinals. Should Incarnate Word advance, the winner of Webster Grove and Kickapoo would be next — and note that Incarnate Word has already beaten both.

7. Norman (Okla.)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 8
After getting national headlines when an announcer used a racial slur while Norman knelt during the National Anthem, Union joined Norman in the next game in the pregame silent statement. Norman then slipped past Union 53-50 and knocked off Bixby in the 6A final to finish the unbeaten season.

8. St. John-Vianney (Holmdel)
Record:
14-0 | Last week: 9
Season complete.

9. Paul VI (Chantilly, Va.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 10
The Panthers could rise higher with a strong showing at the GEICO Nationals. With the top two teams in the field, PVI could make a strong claim for No. 1 by beating both.

10. DeSoto (Texas)
Record:
28-2 | Last week: 11
The Eagles were down 11 in the second quarter to previous No. 9 Cypress Creek, which hadn't played a close game all season. This one wasn't close either, as DeSoto went on a 45-18 run and finished with a 53-37 win to claim its first state title.

11. Grandview (Aurora, Colo.)
Record:
16-0 | Last week: 13
It's anticipated the Wolves, Valor Christian and Regis Jesuit will be three of the four teams in the 5A semifinals. Any of the three could easily wind up cutting down the nets. But it says here it's Grandview wielding the scissors.

12. Newark (Ohio)
Record:
28-2 | Last week: 12
You can't come much closer. The Wildcats came from four down in the last minutes to force the first overtime, scored at the buzzer to force the second, and then came up just one basket short after 40 minutes of play. Still, a great season, and a deserving No. 12 in the country.

13. Fremont (Plain City, Utah)
Record:
26-0 | Last week: 15
The Silverwolves got the call to make travel plans for Florida and the GEICO High School Nationals at the end of the month.

14. Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Record:
10-0 | Last week: 14
Season complete.

15. Cypress Creek (Houston)
Record:
32-1 | Last week: 7
The Cougars' 3-point touch evaporated at the worst possible time, and DeSoto's size took away points in the paint. The result? A disappointing 53-37 loss in the 6A finals.

16. New Hope Academy (Landover Hills, Md.)
Record:
13-3 | Last week: 16
New Hope finished on a high note, rolling over a good Westtown team, 86-53. And the head-to-head win over Montverde is why three losses is ranked ahead of two.

17. Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Record:
21-2 | Last week: 17
Season complete.

18. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, N.J.)
Record:
13-0 | Last week: 18
Season complete.

19. American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 19
Season complete.

20. Chaska (Minn.)
Record:
12-0 | Last week: 20
For the Hawks to get that shot at No. 4 Hopkins — the regular season game was canceled because of a positive COVID test — the first step will be getting by 13-4 Minnetonka, which took Chaska to overtime earlier this year.

21. Hazel Green (Ala.)
Record:
36-1 | Last week: 21
Season complete.

22. Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.)
Record:
25-0 | Last week: 23
Season complete.

23. Crown Point (Ind.)
Record:
25-1 | Last week: 24
Season complete.

24. Zebulon B. Vance (Charlotte, N.C.)
Record:
12-0 | Last week: 25
Season complete.

25. Shawnee Mission Northwest (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Record:
23-0 | Last week: NR
Not only did the Cougars take care of 23-2 Topeka in the 6A playoffs for its first state title, the Jayhawk State's best also handed 4A champ and crosstown rival Bishop Miege its only loss.

Dropped out: No. 22 Bearden (Knoxville, Tenn.).
HIGHSCORE/AVCA Player of the Week - HIGHSCORE
MaxPreps/AVCA Player of the Week
MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week
For the week of Feb. 8-14

Virginia
OH | Senior | 6'0
7 Sets Played

Kills: 23
Kills/Game: 3.29
Digs: 24
Digs/Game: 3.43
Receptions: 24
Rcpt/Game: 3.43
Aces: 3
Blocks: 2

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