DHS’ Kovacs named to all-state team
FARGO -- Three unanimous first team selections -- senior Alexis Klabo of Fargo Davies, junior Sarah Jacobson of Fargo Shanley and junior Cassie Askvig of Minot -- lead this season's North Dakota Class A all-state girls basketball team.
FARGO - Three unanimous first team selections - senior Alexis Klabo of Fargo Davies, junior Sarah Jacobson of Fargo Shanley and junior Cassie Askvig of Minot - lead this season’s North Dakota Class A all-state girls basketball team.
The all-state team, selected by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, also includes first team selections senior Jordyn Jossart of Bismarck Century, junior Lauren Rotunda of Fargo Shanley and sophomore Tylee Irwin of Wahpeton.
Klabo, a unanimous all-state first team selection as a junior, led Class A in scoring, averaging 25.1 points per game and shot 59 percent from the field. Klabo also averaged 8.9 rebounds per game for the Eagles. She was named Class A senior athlete of the year.
“Lexi had a great season,” Davies head coach Tonah Safranski said of Klabo, a 6-foot-2 forward who is a University of North Dakota basketball commit. “She is a versatile player offensively and really stepped up her defensive game this year.”
Jacobson, a 5-9 guard, picked up her third-straight first team honor by averaging 22 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game and 6.3 assists per game. Jacobson helped the Deacons go undefeated in winning their second straight Class A state championship.
“Sarah makes us roll,” Shanley head coach Tim Jacobson said. “She has a determination to do well every game and is relentless in her continuation to improve as a player. Sarah shows up every game and is consistent, which makes her a special player.”
Askvig, a first-team selection as a sophomore, averaged 13.6 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game for the Majettes.
“Cassie has a great work ethic and is very passionate about the game,” Minot head coach Bernie Wasser said of the 6-1 forward. “We rely on her a lot both offensively and defensively. She is always trying to improve her game and is very coachable.”
Jossart, a 5-8 forward, who was a second-teamer as a junior, averaged 14.6 points per game and three rebounds per game for the Patriots, who were runners up in Class A. Jossart is committed to play basketball at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
“Her play on the floor was consistent to the way she played last year,” Century head coach Ron Metz said. “We looked for her a little more in scoring this year, but where she made the biggest contribution to the team was her leadership.”
Rotunda and Irwin tied in votes for the final spot on the first team.
Rotunda, a 6-0 forward, averaged 14 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Deacons, who won their 43rd straight game after defeating Bismarck Century 46-38 in the state championship game.
“Lauren worked a lot on her game in the offseason and it paid off for her,” Tim Jacobson said. “She has always been able to hit 3-pointers, but this season she started driving to the basket more and added a mid-range jump shot to her game, which made her very tough to defend.”
Irwin, a 5-11 forward, averaged 18 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for the Huskies.
“Tylee has played a lot of varsity basketball,” Wahpeton head coach Brian Watson said. “She is a complete player and can play all five positions. I think she was a little nervous at the beginning of the year taking on the role of being our team’s main scorer, but as the year went on she became more comfortable.”
Second team selections are:
- Maddie Erickson, Fargo South: The 5-6 junior guard averaged 18.4 points and 3.2 assists per game.
- Emily Stroup, Fargo South: The 5-11 junior forward averaged 16.2 points, 14.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.
- Cassidy Nelson, West Fargo: The 5-10 senior center averaged 16 points and six rebounds per game.
- Meryl Kovacs, Dickinson: The 5-9 senior forward averaged 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
- Ashley Davis: Turtle Mountain-Belcourt: The 5-10 sophomore guard averaged 14.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game.