(3-1-17) The SSN All-National Public High School Girls Basketball Team is a mixture of some well-known players from around the country and some that might have not received the exposure that the others have. These six are some of the best in the US, congratulations to each one of them for a successful season and for the Seniors their career.
2017 SSN All-National Public HS Girls Basketball Team
Karissa McLaughlin – Homestead (Indiana) – Player of the Year
Justice Ethridge – Centennial (Nevada)
Anastasia Hayes – Riverdale (Tennessee)
Celena Taborn – Sidney (Ohio)
Lexi DeVries – Byron (Illinois)
Elle Ruffridge – Pocahontas Area (Iowa)
Homestead’s Karissa McLaughlin ends her career with 2,586 career points (10th all-time), 1 state title, 2 semi states, 3 regionals and 4 sectional titles. McLaughlin averaged 25.8 points a game this season.
Karissa McLaughlin helped lead Homestead to a 4A Indiana State Championship this past weekend with 29 points (11-14 FTs, 6 assists, 4 rebounds). The Spartans, didn’t take the easy way out, knocking off state-ranked teams on the way to the title.
McLaughlin, one of the most under rated ‘superstar’ players in the country, is headed to Florida to play for the Gators next year.
Byron’s Lexi DeVries (5’10 Senior) was a key part of the Tigers’ back-to-back 2A State titles.DeVries averaged 18.4, 3.9 assists and 4.5 steals a game. She was just recently named to the Illinois 2A All-State team. DeVries, along with a veteran group of Seniors, Byron lost only twice this season, to Class 4A powers Montini (will play for 4A State title this weekend) and Rockford Boylan (lost in the 4A Super-Sectional). Only two of their 34 wins were by fewer than 10 points.
Riverdale’s Anastasia Hayes (5’7 Senior), who has committed to play at Tennessee, has the some of the best credentials in the US, she’s a McDonald’s All American, a finalist for the High School Naismith Award and for basketball’s Miss Tennessee. Hayes is scoring 20 points a game and leads the team in assists (4.4) and steals (4.0). Hayes has two sisters that are her teammates and are getting plenty of looks from colleges, Aislynn (sophomore) and Alasia (freshman).
Sidney’s Celena Taborn (6’3 Center) averaged a double-double in her made-to-remember Senior season with 26.2 scoring and 12.7 rebounding average. She scored 40 or more points five times in a game, including 48 vs Tippecanoe (1-28-17) and 23 rebounds vs Xenia (1-7-17). Taborn’s season was highlighted by becoming the career all-time leading scorer with 1,567 points and single-season scoring record of 603 season points.
Centennial’s Justice Ethridge (5’9 Junior) led the Bulldogs to their third straight NIAA State title, scoring 24 points, including a 4A championship game record six 3-pointers. Ethridge is one of the top US players in the Class of 2018 and was a key to the Bulldogs in the recent State title runs.
Centennial Head Coach Karen Weitz told the Las Vegas Sun after the game:
“Justice is like a silent assassin and I say that all the time. The girl has so many things in her arsenal you don’t even know. Shooting is obviously one of them, but she can get to the basket and she can defend.”
Pocahontas Area’s Elle Ruffridge (5’4 Senior), a Missouri State commit, became the All-time career scoring leader this year in Iowa. Ruffridge (30.4 avg) broke the record, in early February, of 2,756 , set by Deb Remmerde of Rock Valley in 2003. She currently has 2,881 points, she broke the all-time career assists record in Iowa at the 3A State quarter-finals (795) and also holds the all-time 3-point record in her career. Thursday Ruffridge and her teammates will play in the State semifinals in quest of winning their second straight state title.