Hopkins forward Nia Hollie was named Minnesota's 2016 Miss Basketball. Photo by Cheryl Myers
Hopkins' Nia Hollie was named Minnesota's 2016 Miss Basketball on Friday night at the Minnesota Girls' High School All-Star Series banquet in Northfield.
The award is presented by the Minnesota Girls’ Basketball Coaches Association and given to the state's top senior player. The other finalists were Taylor Koenen (Shakopee), Jamie Ruden (Rochester John Marshall), Kiara Russell (Osseo) and Abi Scheid (Elk River).
Hollie guided the Royals to a 29-3 record this season and a second consecutive appearance in the Class 4A state title game, where she scored a team-high 34 points in a 61-52 loss to Lake Conference rival Minnetonka. Hollie won state championships with Hopkins in 2013 and 2015.
The 6-foot-1 forward, who averaged 17.0 points per game this season, was named to the Star Tribune All-Metro First Team and to the Minnesota Associated Press 2016 All-State First Team in March. She was selected to the Class 4A all-tournament and all-state teams.
The Michigan State commit finished her career as Hopkins' second-leading all-time scorer and is the program's second player to earn the honor. Leslie Knight, the Royals' all-time leading scorer, won the award in 2004.
|1978||Laura Gardner||Bloomington Jefferson|
|1979||Jean Tierney||St. Paul Central|
|1980||Janet Karvonen||New York Mills|
|1982||Annie Adamczak||Moose Lake|
|1983||Angela Kuehn||Minnesota Academy for the Deaf|
|1985||Kristi Kremer (A)
Denis Holm (AA)
|1986||Laurie Decker (A)
Amy Davidson (AA)
St. Louis Park
|1987||Laurie Decker (A)
Mya Whitmore (AA)
|1988||Mary Jo Miller (A)
Carolyn Frisk (AA)
|1989||Yoli Murphy (A)
Jessica Fiebelkorn (AA)
|1990||Carol Ann Shudlick||Apple Valley|
|1991||Shannon Loeblien||St. Paul Harding|
|1992||Stacy Fields||Mounds View|
|1994||Kjersten Miller||Bloomington Jefferson|
|1995||Linda Shudlick||Apple Valley|
|1998||Tamara Moore||Minneapolis North|
|1999||Mauri Horton||Minneapolis North|
|2000||Susan King||Holy Angels|
|2001||April Calhoun||Robbinsdale Armstrong|
|2006||Jenna Smith||Bloomington Kennedy|
|2007||Angel Robinson||St. Paul Central|
|2009||Tayler Hill||Minneapolis South|
|2010||Cassie Rochel||Lakeville North|
|2011||Rachel Banham||Lakeville North|
|2017||Gabi Haack||Elk River|