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And the winner is...MN Girls' Basketball Hub Top Performer unveiled

By Nick Gerhardt, SportsEngine, 01/14/18, 12:00PM CST


See who fans voted as the top performer for Jan. 1-6.

Players are considered for the Top Performer poll only if their stats are entered on the MN Girls' Basketball Hub by 10 a.m. on Sundays. If any coaches or members of their coaching staff would like to be set up to enter stats, please email mnhubs@sportngin.com.

Fans' choice for Top Performer

Carmen Backes, Chisago Lakes: Backes outdueled Grand Rapids’ Heaven Hamling to lead the Wildcats to the win. Backes finished with 37 points, capping a solid week that included a 32-point outing in a 70-54 victory over North Branch and a 23-point night in a 71-70 loss to St. Francis.

Top Performer candidates

Kallie Theisen, Wayzata: Theisen scored a season-high 30 points in a 79-70 victory over Maranatha Christian Academy on Jan. 3 to keep the Trojans (14-0, 2-0) undefeated. It was nearly double her season average of 15.1 points per game. Wayzata moved up to the No. 2 ranking in the latest Minnesota Basketball News rankings after also beating Chanhassen 42-38 on Jan. 5.

Joey Batt, New Ulm: Batt posted back-to-back 27-point performances in victories over Fairmont (67-48) and Faribault (59-54). Batt knocked down five three-pointers and finished 10-for-16 from the field against Fairmont on Jan. 4. Two days later, she followed posted a 9-for-15 shooting performance versus Faribault.

Lariah Washington, St. Cloud Apollo: Washington had two games with at least 30 points. She scored 35 in a 70-65 victory over Becker on Jan. 2 and finished with 33 to help the Eagles (8-5, 1-4) knock off Minneapolis North 80-67 two days later. Washington closed the week with 27 points in a 69-63 loss to Sauk Rapids-Rice on Jan. 5.

Sara Scalia, Stillwater: Scalia led the Ponies (6-7, 2-3) past rival East Ridge 78-65 on Jan. 5 behind a game-high 34 points. She also scored 23 points in a 73-67 loss to Minneapolis South on Jan. 2.

Madeline Loder, Orono: Loder shouldered the scoring load for the Spartans in a matchup with Class 3A power and No. 2-ranked Holy Angels on Jan. 3. She went 15 of 26 from the field and hit five three-pointers to finish with 40 points, but it wasn’t enough as Orono fell 77-70.

Heaven Hamling, Grand Rapids: Hamling scored above her season average of 20.6 points per game in three games for the No. 5-3A Thunderhawks (10-4). She posted 21 in a 62-60 win over Brainerd on Jan. 2 and had 22 in an 81-47 win over North Branch three days later. Hamling capped the week with 28 points in a 68-60 loss to No. 16-3A Chisago Lakes on Jan. 6.

McKenna Hofschild, Prior Lake: Hofschild came up big against two Class 4A top-10 ranked teams last week. She scored 25 -- nearly half of Prior Lake’s total -- in a 72-49 loss to No. 1-4A Eastview on Jan. 5 and had 23 as the Lakers were edged by No. 10-4A Moorhead 87-86.

Abbey McDonald, Hibbing: The Bluejackets defeated International Falls 80-61 -- their second consecutive victory -- thanks to 31 points from McDonald, who went 11-for-25 from the field and knocked down seven free throws.

Monika Czinano, Watertown-Mayer: Czinano led the No. 7-2A Royals (9-3, 2-0) to a 68-60 victory over Rockford with 35 points. It was the fourth game this season Czinano has scored 30 or more points.

*Stats and records as of Jan. 7

The MN Girls' Basketball Hub poll is based on opinion and only for entertainment.

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