Miss Basketball winner Farroh leads familiar-looking Class A girls all-state team
MINOT -- Caitlin Farroh grabbed rebounds at a blistering pace during her career at Grand Forks Central. Postseason awards have been almost as plentiful for the senior.
Farroh was named to the North Dakota Class A all-state girls basketball team, joining Fargo South's Meghan Roehrich as unanimous selections.
Farroh, at 6-foot-1, grabbed 17.6 rebounds per game in her final season with the Knights, helping them to a third-place finish at the state tournament. She finished with upwards of 1,300 rebounds in her career, tops in the history of Class A, according to Miss Hoopster magazine.
Joining Farroh and Roehrich on the first team are Belcourt senior Sasha Golus, Minot High junior Holly Johnson and Devils Lake senior Hannah Elshaug. The all-state team is selected by members of the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Dickinson High senior Jess Herauf was named to the second team for the second consecutive year.
Farroh used a combination of skill, instinct and determination to dominate the boards.
"She's got a lot of things going for her," Knights head coach Brent Hintz said. "She's got the best hands of any player I've coached.
They're quick and strong but soft. She can catch passes most kids can't.
There are some fundamentals that go into rebounding, but a lot of it is heart and determination. That says a lot about her as a player."
Farroh was named Miss Basketball, Class A Senior Athlete of the Year and the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state. She is planning to attend Northern State in South Dakota after graduation.
"She played a big part for us as a team," Hintz said. "She provided senior leadership and both offensively and defensively, she played a part in our success."
Roehrich's career at Fargo South was nearly as impressive.
She averaged 23.6 points and 9.5 rebounds a game as a senior in receiving her second all-state nod. She will graduate with 1,745 career points, among the best in the history of Class A.
"She's the best offensive player I've ever coached," Bruins head coach Craig Flaagan said. "She holds nearly every school record, both season and career. She's an offensive machine. She had to score for us to be successful and she did. She was a huge contributor all four years she played. She's the best player we've ever had."
Roehrich, who averaged 3.5 assists and 2.6 steals a game, has signed to continue her basketball career at the University of North Dakota.
Like Roehrich, Golus has completed a prep career posting some of the best statistics in the state's history.
The 5-10 senior from Turtle Mountain Community High School-Belcourt averaged 21.6 points and 14 rebounds per game. A three-time all-stater, she finished her career with better than 1,600 points and nearly 1,000 rebounds.
"She's just so consistent," Belcourt head coach DJ McGillis said. "She's a hard worker and a smart ballplayer. She knows what she can and can't do and basically makes everyone around her better. She's just a nose for the ball. She's been doing it all four years I've been around. It's going to be tough to replace somebody of that quality."
Johnson is the only junior to garner all-state honors this season. At 5-10, she was an inside-out threat for the Majettes.
She averaged 21 points and 11.5 rebounds a game, leading Minot to the state tournament. Johnson also made better than two 3-pointers a game, shooting at a 41.2 percent clip.
"She was an inside-out player," Majettes head coach Todd Magnuson said.
"When she would post up, we tried to get her the ball. When she was on the perimeter, she could score too. She was also our leading assist person, so she was able to get teammates the ball."
Elshaug, a 6-foot post, put up impressive numbers in the paint for Devils Lake. She averaged 21.3 points and 8.6 rebounds a game.
"She's got a real sweet little jump hook that she can get off any time she wants," Firebirds head coach Scott Privatsky said. "She uses both hands very well. If she can get the ball inside, she's a good bet to score."
The second team includes:
r Herauf, a 5-9 senior forward who averaged 15 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for the Midgets.
r Alyssa Dehne, Fargo North: A 5-7 senior guard, Dehne led the Spartans to a state title compiling averages of 15.7 points, 4.9 assists and 5.3 rebounds a game.
r Katelyn Holland, West Fargo: The 5-10 senior led the Packers in both scoring and rebounding with averages of 18.4 points and 7.4 rebounds.
r Anna Hruby, Bismarck High: At 5-9, Hruby was dominant in the paint for the Demons. The senior averaged 17.2 points and 14.2 rebounds a game, while shooting 57.6 percent from the floor.
r Jaclyn Lee, Williston: The senior paced the Coyotes with averages of 16.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, making 56 percent of her shots from the field.