Fourteen Local Basketball Players Named All-State

By Beacon Staff

Fourteen local boys and girls have been named all-state for the 2010-2011 basketball season.

Polson placed four on the Class A all-state team, more than any other school in the area. Senior guard Breanne Kelley and junior forward Riley Kenney were honored for girls, while senior forwards Louis Mohr and Kyle Bagnell were selected for the boys team. Mohr was the Northwestern A co-MVP.

Kenney finished third in the conference in scoring at 13.8 points per game and Kelley was right behind her at 12.6. Kenney also averaged 7.6 rebounds, while Kelley averaged 3.6 steals a contest.

Mohr led the conference in scoring at 18.9 points per game, rebounding at 7.7 per game and steals at 3.1. He was second in assists with 4.2. Bagnell averaged 14.3 points and 6.2 rebounds.

Two boys and one girl from Columbia Falls were honored, including co-MVP for Northwestern A boys, Nick Emerson. Emerson, a 6-5 point guard, led the Wildcats to a 22-1 season and their fourth Class A title in the last nine years. He was a candidate for the Montana Gatorade Player of the Year, an award that was given to Bozeman senior guard Tanner Roderick.

Emerson finished the season with per-game averages of 16.7 points, 5.7 rebounds 2.2 steals and a conference-leading 4.2 assists.

Austin Barth, a 6-6 junior post, also made the Class A all-state team. Barth averaged 10.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and a conference-best 2.3 blocks.

For girls, Columbia Falls senior Kayla DeWit, a 6-2 post, was named all-state for the third straight season. She led Northwestern A in scoring at 19.9 points per game and rebounding at 11.2. DeWit has committed to play basketball at Montana State University.

Libby senior guard Jaime Gilden made the Class A girls team after averaging 16.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, both second in the conference behind DeWit.

Glacier High School placed two players on the Class AA boys all-state basketball team. Senior guards Bryan Chery and Trey Griffith were honored after leading the Wolfpack to the Class AA state tournament, where they lost out in two games.

Chery led the team in scoring at 12.5 points and also made a team-high 41-of-108 three-pointers during the regular season. Griffith averaged 7.5 points and 4.1 steals. He made 25 three-pointers, second on the team.

Junior George Sherwood from Flathead High School was named to the Class AA boys all-state team. Sherwood, a 6-4 forward, was second on the Braves in scoring average at 12.4 points. Senior guard Joe Pistorese led the team with 12.8. Sherwood also averaged a team-high 6.7 rebounds.

Two girls and one boy from Bigfork High School were selected to the Class B team. Senior guards Mallery Knoll and Caitlin Charlebois were named all-state for the second year in a row. Knoll and Charlebois were the catalysts on a Bigfork team that dominated the regular season but was upset by Deer Lodge in the divisional tournament.

Making the Class B boys team was senior Christian Ker, a 6-4 forward for the Vikings. After leading the Vikings in scoring during the regular season, Ker put on a show at the Class B state tournament, where he led all scorers at 23 points per game. He scored 32 points in an 81-78 overtime loss to top-ranked and undefeated Wolf Point in the semifinals.

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