Five finalists have been selected for the annual North Dakota Miss Basketball award.
Tylee Irwin of Wahpeton, North Star's Macey Kvilvang, West Fargo's Akealy Moton, Minot Our Redeemer's Morgan Olson and Century's Regan Dennis are up for the senior award, presented by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
The winner will be announced on live TV at the conclusion of the Class A girls state championship game Saturday at the Bismarck Event Center.
Irwin, a 6-foot forward, has been selected first team all-state in each of the past two seasons. The East Region senior athlete of the year and South Dakota State commit, posted per-game averages of 26 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1 block for the currently 19-5 Huskies.
Irwin is Wahpeton's all-time leading scorer with over 2,000 career points as a four-year starter, and has led the Huskies to a second consecutive Class A state tournament berth this week.
Kvilvang, a 6-5 center, is a first team all-state honoree and was the recipient of the Class B senior player of the year award. The North Dakota State commit averaged 21.6 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 4 blocks per game for the 26-1 Bearcats.
Kvilvang led North Star to 51 wins during back-to-back Region 4 championship seasons, culminating with a second-place finish at last week’s Class B state tournament in Grand Forks. Her career numbers of 1,972 points, 1,287 rebounds and 461 blocks are all North Star records.
Moton, a 6-foot guard/forward, was a first team all-state selection for the Packers as a junior. A starter since her freshman season, the North Dakota commit helped lead West Fargo to 73 victories and three state tournament appearances.
Moton put up per-game averages of 25.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.4 steals during her senior campaign, while also surpassing 1,500 career points.
Olson, a 5-8 guard, has started for the Knights since the seventh grade and is the school’s career record holder in points (2,516), assists (809) and steals (298). She was a second team all-state recipient as a junior, and her 16 3-pointers during last week’s Class B state tournament was a tournament record.
Olson averaged 19.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game this winter, on her way to being named the Region 6 senior player of the year. Our Redeemer’s placed third at the state tournament with an overall record of 22-6.
Dennis, a 6-foot forward, is a second team all-state recipient and was named West Region senior athlete of the year. In three years as a starter, Dennis has helped guide the Patriots to 67 wins (and counting), a pair of West Region championships and two runner-up finishes at the Class A state tournament.
Dennis, who has committed to play volleyball at Northern State University, has posted senior season averages of 15.5 points and 8 rebounds for the Patriots, who narrowly missed winning a third consecutive West Region championship last weekend in Bismarck. Century fell to Mandan in overtime, 59-57, for the region crown.
Last year’s North Dakota Miss Basketball award was presented to Sarah Jacobson of Fargo Shanley.