First MLive Miss Basketball watchlist update for 2021 season – MLive.com

Now that the Michigan high school hoops season is finally underway after months of uncertainty, it’s time to take a look at the contenders for the 2021 Miss Basketball award.

The honor is given annually to the state’s top senior girls basketball high school player by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan in conjunction with the Detroit Free Press. A player has taken home the award since 1981.

While MLive has no affiliation with the award, our sports reporters across the state are keeping tabs on players who are in the conversation for the award during the season.

The players who are early contenders for the award are listed below in our initial watchlist. Will provide an update on their progress as the season moves forward each week.

If you are a coach and have a player that you would like MLive to consider, please contact gwickliffe@mlive.com with details.

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East GR vs East Kentwood

East Grand Rapids junior Jillian Brown (4) attempts a free throw against East Kentwood during the fourth quarter in the MHSAA division 1 district championship at Caledonia High School in Caledonia, Michigan on Friday, March 6, 2020. East Grand Rapids defeated East Kentwood 56-53.Joel Bissell

JILLIAN BROWN

School: East Grand Rapids

Position: Guard

Size: 5-10

Commitment: Northwestern

About Brown: The reigning Grand Rapids Player of the Year has been as good as advertised to start the 2021 season. Brown scored 25 points in a win over Greenville and finished with 23 points in a victory over Hudsonville last week.

She is also ranked No. 50 by ESPN for the class of 2021 and will face another Miss Basketball hopeful in Kalamazoo Central star Morasha Wiggins this Saturday.

Kent City hosts Hart in girls basketball Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021

Kent City senior Kenzie Bowers brings the ball up the court during a game against Hart Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, in Kent City, Mich. Kent City defeated Hart, 50-27. (Scott DeCamp | MLive.com)(Scott DeCamp | MLive.com)

KENZIE BOWERS

School: Kent City

Position: Guard

Size: 5-10

Commitment: Illinois State

About Bowers: Bowers is the heart of Kent City’s stacked team and has already left her mark as the school’s all-time leading scorer. Now, the veteran point guard is trying to not only compete for the Miss Basketball award, but she’s also trying to lead the Eagles to a Division 3 state title.

So far, Bowers has been unstoppable and has led Kent City to a 4-0 record. She scored a school-record 46 points in the opener against Lakeview and is averaging 24.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 6.0 steals and 4.3 assists per game.

Detroit Renaissance vs. Farmington Hills Mercy girls basketball

Detroit Renaissance’s Kailee Davis (3) looks to pass during the annual Operation Friendship game between Detroit Renaissance and Farmington Hills Mercy at Renaissance High School in Detroit on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.Jacob Hamilton/MLive.com

KAILEE DAVIS

School: Detroit Renaissance

Position: Guard

Size: 5-4

Commitment: Northern Kentucky

About Davis: Davis is as complete of a guard as you’ll find in the state. As a junior, she was named MISS PSL and earned Division 1 first team all-state recognition.

In three games so far this season, Davis is averaging 19.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 steals and 2 assists per game as has the Phoenix off to a 2-1 start.

Freeland takes on Hamilton in division 2 state semifinal

Hamilton sophomore AJ Ediger (34) celebrates a three point play during the state semifinal game against Freeland at Calvin College in Grand Rapids on Friday, March 22, 2019.Neil Blake | MLive.com

AJ EDIGER

School: Hamilton

Position: Center

Size: 6-2

Commitment: Iowa

About Ediger: The veteran low post star returns for her senior season after averaging 22 points and 11.6 rebounds last season and earned first team all-state honors. Ediger is ranked as the No. 39 player in the country for 2021 and has helped Hamilton to a 2-1 start this year.

Girls basketball: Detroit Edison vs. Bloomfield Hills Marian – February 9, 2021

Detroit Edison’s Damiya Hagemann (0) looks to pass the ball against Bloomfield Hills Marian’s Shannon Kennedy (24) during their high school basketball game at Marian High School in Bloomfield Hills, on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. Detroit Edison won the game, 65-49. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)Mike Mulholland | MLive.com

DAMIYA HAGEMANN

School: Detroit Edison

Position: Guard

Size: 5-7

Commitment: Michigan State

About Hagemann: An Edison player has the won the award the past two years and Hagemann could be next in line. She signed with Michigan State in November and is poised to have a strong senior season on arguably the state’s best team once again.

Hagemann is ranked No. 23 in the nation by ESPN and has Edison off to a 3-0 start with wins by an average of 23 points per outing.

East GR vs East Kentwood

East Kentwood junior Kaybriana Hallman (30) attempts a shot against East Grand Rapids during the MHSAA division 1 district championship at Caledonia High School in Caledonia, Michigan on Friday, March 6, 2020. Joel Bissell

KAYBRIANA HALLMAN

School: East Kentwood

Position: Forward

Size: 6-3

Commitment: Xavier

About Hallman: Hallman is a skilled forward who averaged nearly a double-double last season and is one of the state’s fiercest defenders having averaged 5.5 blocks a year ago.

She is a 4-star recruit and is committed to Xavier and already has the Falcons up and running with a 3-0 record this year.

Wayne Memorial vs. Detroit Rennaisance

Wayne Memorial’s Alana Micheaux (4) reacts after missing a free throw during Wayne Memorial’s game against Detroit Rennaisance at Detroit Edison Public School Academy on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019.Jacob Hamilton/MLive.com

ALANA MICHEAUX

School: Wayne Memorial

Position: Forward

Size: 6-3

Commitment: Minnesota

About Micheaux: One of the most physical players in the state, Micheaux is a double-double waiting to happen. Micheaux turned heads last season after averaging 26.4 points and over 14 rebounds a game as a junior and has already continued that production as a senior.

Micheaux scored a career-high 41 points in a 90-66 win over Dearborn on Wednesday after averaging 22.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in Wayne Memorial’s first three wins of the season.

Lenawee Christian dominates Calvary Christian

Lenawee Christian sophomore Bree Salenbien high fives teammates as she checks out of the game during the MHSAA Girls Division 4 Quarterfinals at Gull Lake High School in Richland, Michigan on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.Emil Lippe | MLive.com

BREE SALENBIEN

School: Adrian Lenawee Christian

Position: Wing

Size: 6-3

Commitment: Gonzaga

About Salenbien: Salenbien is already one of the state’s most decorated players and could add even more hardware by the end of the season. Salenbien has won the Division 4 Associated Press Player of the Year award each of her first three seasons and is off to a fast start this year.

The veteran forward had a 19-point fourth quarter to finish with 29 in LCS’s season opener on Monday, Feb. 8 against Blissfield and has the team sitting at 3-0. Salenbien ranks 44th in the country, according to ESPN.

Saline vs Monroe Girl’s Varsity Basketball

Saline’s Ella Stemmer (12) takes a shot during the girls varsity basketball game against Monroe at Saline High School on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. Alie Skowronski | The Ann Arbor News

ELLA STEMMER

School: Saline

Position: Guard

Size: 5-10

Commitment: Lehigh

About Stemmer: The Lehigh commit was named Ann Arbor Player of the Year after a monster junior season where she averaged 21 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists, while shooting 49-percent from the field, 41-percent from the 3-point line last year.

Stemmer has hit the ground running this season as she’s averaging 28.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3 steals per game to help the Hornets start the year at 3-0.

Kalamazoo Central takes the win over Gull Lake

Kalamazoo Central Morasha Wiggins (30) looks for an opportunity to pass the ball during the Kalamazoo Central and Gull Lake basketball game in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. (Rodney Coleman-Robinson | MLive.com) Rodney Coleman-Robinson | MLive.com

MORASHA WIGGINS

School: Kalamazoo Central

Position: Guard

Size: 6-0

Commitment: North Carolina

About Wiggins: Wiggins has been determined to show she’s still one of the state’s best players after her junior season ended with a torn ACL. Despite the injury, Wiggins is ranked as the No. 18 player in the country, according to ESPN, and has started the 2021 off with a bang.

In Central’s opener last Thursday, Wiggins recorded 26 points, six rebounds, six assists, five steals and three blocks in a 61-30 win over a solid Gull Lake team.

Wiggins will go toe-to-toe with fellow Miss Basketball candidate in EGR’s Jillian Brown on Saturday.

ON THE BUBBLE

Emma Anderson, Menominee

Molly Anderson, Cadillac

Elise Besonen, Ewen-Trout Creek

Julia Bishop, Farmington Hills Mercy

Abrie Cabana, Grass Lake

Precious Fields, Detroit Cass Tech

Olivia Lowe, Leland

Hallie Marshall, St. Ignace

Sarah Marvin, Byron

Hadley Miller, Three Rivers

Brooklyn Robak, Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes

Arieonna Ware, Battle Creek Central

PAST MISS BASKETBALL WINNERS

1981: Julie Polakowski, Leland

1982: Sue Tucker, Okemos

1983: Michele Kruty, Manistee

1984: Emily Wagner, Livonia Ladywood

1985: Franthea Price, River Rouge

1986: Daedra Charles, Detroit de Porres

1987: Dena Head: Plymouth Salem

1988: Jennifer Shasky, Birmingham Marian

1989: Peggy Evans, Detroit Country Day

1990: Markita Aldridge, Detroit King

1991: Lisa Negri, Flint Powers

1992: Erinn Reed, Saginaw

1993: Sally Sedlar, Manistee

1994: Kim Knuth, St. Joseph

1995: Maxann Reese, Bishop Borgess

1996: Deanna Nolan, Flint Northern

1997: Aiysha Smith, Bishop Borgess

1998: Kristen Koetsier, Grandville

1999: Vicki Krapohl, Mount Pleasant

2000: Tabitha Pool, Ann Arbor Huron

2001: Liz Shimek, Maple City Glen Lake

2002: Danielle Kamm, Saginaw Nouvel

2003: Krista Clement, St. Ignace La Salle

2004: Tiffanie Shives, Lansing Christian

2005: Allyssa DeHaan, Grandville

2006: Brenna Bankston, Frankfort

2007: No award given

2008: Kellie Watson, Ionia

2009: Jenny Ryan, Saginaw Nouvel

2010: Klarissa Bell, East Lansing

2011: Jasmine Hines, Central Lake

2012: Madison Ristovski, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett

2013: Tori Jankoska, Freeland

2014: Lexi Gussert, Forest Park

2015: Tania Davis, Goodrich

2016: Kysre Gondrezick, Benton Harbor

2017: Jordan Walker, Mona Shores

2018: Jaida Hampton, East Lansing

2019: Rickea Jackson, Detroit Edison

2020: Gabrielle Elliot, Detroit Edison

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Kalamazoo Central senior, UNC hoops signee Morasha Wiggins eyes Miss Basketball prize

Michigan State commit Damiya Hagemann hopes to be Detroit Edison’s third-straight Miss Basketball winner

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