Kayla Vitztum — Thomas More Prep-Marian, 5-10 soph.
Just a sophomore, Vitztum led the Thomas More Prep-Marian girls to a third-place showing in Class 3A. The Monarchs (23-3) won 20 consecutive games between a loss to Hill City on Dec. 11, and a semifinal loss to Silver Lake on March 11 in Hutchinson.
Vitztum was the Monarchs’ leading scorer, averaging 15.8 points per game. She shot 49.8 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free-throw line. She hauled in 7.4 rebounds per game, including nearly 50 percent of them on the offensive glass.
She led TMP in both points and rebounds on five occasions, including the sub-state semis, state quarterfinals and third-place game, when she scored a season-high 29 points and hauled in 10 rebounds, tying for the most points by a Monarch this season. She grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds against Garden Plain in the state quarters, a game in which she also scored 23.
Kirsten Burger — Thunder Ridge, 5-10 sr.
The Thunder Ridge senior led the Longhorns back to the Class 1A Division I state tournament for the third time in four years, ending with 21-4 record.
The Longhorns fell in the tournament opener for the third time in Burger’s career, this time to eventual runner-up Waverly, though Burger dropped a team-high 23 points in the outing. She also hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds and played all but the final minute of the game.
Burger averaged a team-high 19 points per game, including a career-high 35 points March 4 against Stockton in the sub-state semifinals.
Burger added averages of 4.5 steals, 4.0 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game. She shot 45.6 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range.
In the Mid Continent League—North Central Kansas All-Star Game, Burger led NCK with 16 points.
Megan Koenigsman — Thomas More Prep-Marian, 5-6 jr.
The do-it-all junior ranked third on the Monarchs in scoring (11.2 ppg).
Her 55 3-pointers rank second on the team, and she made just under 40 percent of shots from the field. She led TMP with 3.0 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
Koenigsman was the leading scorer in nine games, including a season-high 24 points against Norton on Feb. 5.
She also led the Monarchs in assists 14 times, dishing out nine against Scott City on Feb. 9.
She led TMP in scoring and assists in two of TMP’s three losses. She also scored a game-high 19 points in a win against Hill City on Jan. 23 in the MCL Tournament finals, avenging a home loss suffered earlier in the season.
Koenigsman, who was a crucial part in TMP’s third-place showing in 3A, also was a first-team honoree by the Mid-Continent League.
Terran Hoyt — Hoxie, 5-6 sr.
The final Hoyt daughter to play under head coach Shelly Hoyt at Hoxie, Terran capped her senior campaign with a fourth-place finish in Class 1A Division I. Hoyt was a crucial part of three state championships in her first three years and the Indians’ state-record winning streak of 107 games. She finished 101-3 for her career.
Hoyt averaged 15.5 points per game, her third consecutive season in double figures. She netted a season-high 30 points against Rawlins County on Dec. 8. She also made seven 3-pointers in a 28-point outing against Greeley County on Jan. 8.
She averaged 6.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 steals her senior season. She will trade in her red and white for blue and gold when she joins the Nebraska-Kearney women’s basketball team as a walk-on this fall.
Lexie McDowell — Hill City, 5-10 sr.
On top of leading the Ringnecks back to the postseason, the Washburn signee put together the best campaign of her high school career.
McDowell led Hill City to a 22-4 record and fourth-place finish in Class 2A, including an overtime win at Hoxie that ended a 107-game winning streak by the Indians in which she scored a game-high 19 points. She tallied a new career high with 32 in a win over Ellis in January as part of a 9-0 start to the season.
McDowell averaged 15.4 points per game to go with 4.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists. She forced just shy of four turnovers per game (1.9 steals, 1.3 blocks).
McDowell shot 48 percent from the field, including a 45-percent mark from 3-point range that makes her the most lethal 3-point volume shooter in the state. She made four-plus 3s in eight games this season, including seven on two occasions. She finished 24 points shy of 1,000 for her career.
Conner Keith — Hill City
Amanda Conway — Hill City
Madyson Koerner — TMP
Brynn Niblock — Hoxie
Brenley Terrell — Colby
Morgan West — La Crosse
Sara Mann — Smith Center
Haven Hamilton — Stockton
Olivia Baus — La Crosse
Katelyn Swanson — Phillipsburg
Alexcia Deutscher — Ellis
Sara Schippers — Victoria
Taylor Regan — Otis-Bison
Tatum Bartels — Phillipsburg
Katelyn Zimmerman — TMP
Adrianna Nickelson — Hill City
Melissa Pfeifer — TMP
KayCee Miller — Golden Plains
Bailey Bixenmann — Wheatland-Grinnell
Talyn Kleweno — Hays High