Aerial Powers, Birmingham Detroit Country Day
Powers was simply the best player in Oakland County this season, finishing in 5th place in the Miss Basketball voting and is heading to Michigan State to join former teammate Madison Williams. Powers, who averaged nearly 20 points per game this season, wasn’t just a scorer, but was an all-around threat especially with her ability to drive into the lane and make the extra pass which usually led to a wide open shot for teammates. Powers was also one of the best defenders as well, defending in the post as well as guarding the perimeter against some of the best outside players in the state.
Carlee Cottrell, Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes
Cottrell proved that she was one of the most complete players in Oakland County this season with her ability to score, pass and rebound and defend, averaging better than 11 points, four rebounds and three assists per game. Cottrell was the “x-factor” in just about every game for WOLL because of her ability to do just about anything, she might not have lit up the stat sheet with points on a night-in, night-out basis, but her presence was felt in every single game for a number of different reasons.
Amber Deane, Birmingham Detroit Country Day
Deane might not have gotten the same consideration for the Miss Basketball award as teammate Aerial Powers did, but while Powers was out due to injury, Deane was able to carry the Yellowjackets all the way to the quarterfinals. Deane, headed to play at Dayton, did her best work in transition, getting out on the fast break and gave Country Day that added dimension that set it apart from most teams. Deane averaged over 21 points per game in her senior season for the Yellowjackets.
Sami Stormont, Royal Oak
Stormont was nearly unstoppable this season, constantly showing her ability to score on an every game basis and carried Royal Oak in plenty of games this season. Stormont averaged nearly 23 points per game last season, including a school record 42 points against Ferndale in late January, and also averaged just over nine rebounds per game, which earned the junior All-State honors in Class A this season.
Gabby Yurik, Stoney Creek
Yurik will go down as one of the best pure scorers and 3-point shooters in state history and her senior campaign wasn’t any exception as she averaged about 20 points per contest while grabbing five rebounds per game as well. Yurik capped off her career by topping the 1,400 point plateau while leading Stoney Creek to its first district title in school history this season.
Honorable Mention: Tori Duffey (Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes); Lexie Robak (Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes); Hannah Little (Auburn Hills Avondale); Jasmine Harris (North Farmington); Jackie Bieniewicz (Madison Heights Bishop Foley); Allison Bicknell (Waterford Kettering); Arjanai Washington (Waterford Kettering); Delaney Kenny (Clarkston); Shannon Wilson (Bloomfield Hills Andover)