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Rylee Nudell, Katie Mogen, Alanna Sickler among all-state players

Rylee Nudell filled a lot of roles during her varsity basketball career at Maple Valley High School, playing anywhere from point guard to post. Mostly, what she did was score.Nudell completed her eligibility this season with a state career record...

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Dickinson Trinity senior forward Alanna Sickler looks to pass against Watford City in their game on Dec. 18 at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. (Press Photo by Colton Pool)

Rylee Nudell filled a lot of roles during her varsity basketball career at Maple Valley High School, playing anywhere from point guard to post. Mostly, what she did was score.
Nudell completed her eligibility this season with a state career record of 3,458 points, eclipsing the mark of 3,148 set by Bowman’s Tanya Fischer (1989-93). The 5-foot-10 senior heads the annual North Dakota Class B all-state team, as selected by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Joining Nudell on the all-state first team are seniors Shaice Marx of Thompson and Katie Mogen of Watford City, junior Macey Kvilvang of North Star and sophomore Anna Holen of LaMoure-Litchville-Marion.
Nudell is a first-team all-state pick for the third straight season after gaining second-team honors as a freshman. This season she averaged 35.3 points, as well as 12.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.5 steals. She also had 1,761 career rebounds.
“She’s done pretty much everything for us,’’ Maple Valley coach Jeff Miller said. “Her natural position is probably at forward. She handles the ball well, she rebounds and she can hit the 3-point shot.
“She was our team. She was drawing box-and-one, sagging man-to-man, double teams - all kinds of defenses as teams tried to blanket her. And she consistently was getting 30-plus points a game.’’
Marx is a repeat first-team selection. The 5-8 point guard had the highest rebounding average (13.1 rpg) of anybody on the first or second all-state team. In addition, she averaged 12.3 points, 4.3 assists and 4.4 steals. She had 1,102 rebounds and 951 points in her career.

“Shaice is a defense-first player,’’ Thompson coach Jason Brend said. “She’s been our best lock-down defender for the last five years. She loves the challenge of guarding the best offensive players. She guarded anybody from the point to the post and, for the most part, she shut them down with her combination of athleticism and anticipation.
“She had the offensive ability to take a game over. But she chose to stick with her role as a playmaker and be a pass-first guard.’’
The 6-5 Kvilvang, the tallest of the all-state picks, had averages of 24.1 points, 12.2 rebounds, 4.5 blocks and 3.5 assists for the 25-2 Bearcats. She has 1,386 career points and is on pace to surpass 1,000 career rebounds (888 currently) and 400 career blocks (344 currently).
“Her versatility made Macey tough to defend,’’ Bearcats coach Jill Vote said. “I think she surprises people who see her for the first time. You don’t see a lot of 6-5 girls who are good 3-point shooters like Macey.
“We had other girls who could score. What Macey does on defense is invaluable.’’
Mogen is a first-team pick after being on the second team the past two seasons.
She averaged 13.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 3.8 assists for the state runner-up Wolves this season. With 1,928 career points, she broke the school record that had been held by 1979 Watford City graduate Billie Dixon.
“Katie isn’t a big post player,’’ Watford City coach John Zenz said. “But she’s a smart player with good instincts and she’s a strong, power type of player, which allowed her to hold her own against other quality big kids.
“She made our other kids better because she’s such a good passer.’’
The 5-7 Holen averaged 17.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.7 assists, making 52 3-point baskets. She’s already at 1,067 points for her career.
“Our team was so small that she had to play multiple positions,’’ L-M-M coach Mitch Carlson said. “She’s 5-7 and very thin, but she could play power forward because she has some hops. She’s versatile because she’s very athletic. Her strength is her perimeter game; she’s an excellent passer and shooter.’’
Among the second team was Dickinson Trinity senior forward Alanna Sickler, who is a repeat second-team selection. The 5-10 Sickler was named Region 7 senior player of the year. She averaged 15.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.9 steals. She had 1,054 career points.
“Alanna was a great leader in a talented senior class,” Trinity head coach Carter Fong said. “Our graduating seniors combined to score over 3,000 points and played in four regional championship games, and Alanna was obviously a huge part of that. We worked hard to develop a balanced attack on offense, but when we needed a bucket in crunch time, we often went to her and she delivered.”
Other second-team selections
- Olivia Anderson, Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier: The 6-foot senior was Region 3 senior player of the year. Anderson averaged 16.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.8 blocks, two steals and 2.2 assists. She has 1,155 career points.
V Maycie Brunelle, Trenton-Trinity Christian: The 5-7 senior averaged 16.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.2 steals, 5.4 assists and 1.3 blocks. She had 1,101 career points and a school-record 610 career steals.
- Shea Heidlebaugh, Rugby: She averaged 16.5 points, 3.8 assists and 2.8 steals. Heidlebaugh, who had 1,461 career points, was Region 6 co-senior player of the year.
V Abbie Jiles, Westhope-Newburg: The 5-8 freshman is the youngest player on this season’s all-state team. Jiles averaged 23.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.6 steals, 3.5 assists and 1.3 blocks.
- Madison Kaehler, Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah: The 6-3 senior averaged 13.5 points, eight rebounds and 2.3 blocks this season. Her career numbers were 1,098 points, 887 rebounds and 301 blocks.
- Morgan Olson, Minot Our Redeemer’s: The junior has 1,940 career points. This season her averages were 24 points, 7.8 rebounds, three assists and 2.4 steals.
- Emily Overby, Thompson: The 5-10 senior averaged 18.2 points, 5.5 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. She had 1,087 career points.
- Paige Schmidt, Kidder County: The 5-8 senior is a second team all-stater for the second straight season. She averaged 15 points, 5.3 rebounds, four steals and 2.5 assists.
- Sheyenne Schmidt, Minot Ryan: Schmidt averaged 17.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 4.3 steals a game. She was co-senior player of the year in Region 6.
- Krista Ulmer, Bismarck Shiloh Christian: The senior was the top offensive threat on the state champion Skyhawks and was Region 5 senior player of the year. Ulmer averaged 15.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, five assists and four steals a game. She had 969 career points.
- Lexy Wittmayer, Rolette-Wolford: The Region 4 senior player of the year, the 6-2 Wittmayer finished her career with 1,390 points. This season she had averages of 17.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and three blocks.

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