The Star Tribune's All-Metro first team, from left: Kallie Theisen, Wayzata; Sara Scalia, Stillwater; Player of the Year Paige Bueckers, Hopkins; Lauren Jensen, Lakeville North, and Frannie Hottinger, Cretin-Derham Hall. Photo: JEFF WHEELER • jeff.wheeler
|Best gym/arena I’ve played in and why||Last song I listen to on game day||What I want an opposing coach to say about me after a game|
|Paige Bueckers||The Lindbergh Center. It’s my home court, and so beautiful.||Party in the U.S.A.||She plays hard, and respects the game.|
|Frannie Hottinger||Target Center during the state tournament. It’s so cool to play on such a big stage in front of so many fans.||Bring Em Out||I’m a hard worker who will do anything to help her team win.|
|Lauren Jensen||Target Center because it’s a fun atmosphere, and has a playoff feel.||Swervin||I’m a leader out on the floor, and play with heart.|
|Sara Scalia||Stillwater, because I’ve played there since eighth grade, and built a lot of memories and friendships there.||Post to Be||That I work hard and won’t give up.|
|Kallie Theisen||Wayzata, because it can get very loud when we pack the stands. We have a great home-court advantage.||Do the John Wall||I’m a great competitor who always works hard. I also want them to say I have great sportsmanship.|
Prior Lake, 5-3, senior, guard
College: Seton Hall
The school’s all-time leading scorer (2,488 points) missed part of the season with a high ankle sprain. She scored a state-record 63 points against Park Center.
St. Michael-Albertville, 5-10, junior, guard
A gym rat with a high basketball IQ. “She can take over a game and put the team on her back,” Knights coach Kent Hamre said.
Centennial, 5-11, senior, guard
Shouldered the load for 25-4 Cougars squad. “An incredible finisher, shooter and distributor,” Centennial coach Jill Becken said.
Park Center, 5-10, sophomore, forward
Continued her progression this season, averaging 27.9 points, 10.7 rebounds, with 4.1 steals per game.
Henry Sibley, 6-1, senior, forward
College: South Dakota State
“Tori has left an imprint and legacy on the program that will be remembered for years to come,” Warriors coach Harry Jenness Jr. said.
Dlayla Chakolis, Hopkins, , 5-7, senior guard. College: Hampton.
Mia Curtis, Minnehaha Academy, 5-9, junior guard. College: undecided.
Macy Guebert, Eastview, 5-10, senior guard. College: South Dakota.
Jenna Johnson, Wayzata, 6-2, sophomore forward. College: undecided.
Taylie Scott, Heritage Christian, 5-7, senior guard. College: Westmont, Calif.
The Star Tribune’s all-metro teams and Metro Player of the Year were chosen based on nominations from metro-area coaches, conversations with a panel of coaches and staff observations.