Shanley’s Sarah Jacobson goes up for a basket during the North Dakota State Class A Girls basketball semifinal game game against Wahpeton Friday, March 10, 2016, in Bismarck. Shanley advanced to the championship game with a 64-31 win. Dave Wallis / The Forum
FARGO – Familiar faces make up this season's North Dakota Class A high school girls basketball all-state team.
Four of the five first-team players—Fargo Shanley seniors Sarah Jacobson and Lauren Rotunda, Minot senior Cassie Askvig and Wahpeton junior Tylee Irwin—were first-team selections a year ago.
The all-state team, selected by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, also included first-team selection West Fargo junior forward Akealy Moton.
Jacobson—a four-time first team honoree—and Rotunda helped the Deacons go undefeated in back-to-back seasons and win their third-straight Class A state championship earlier this month.
Jacobson, a 5-foot-9 point guard, is signed to play basketball at North Dakota State and averaged 19.1 points, eight assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Deacons. Jacobson won the state's Miss Basketball award and finished her prep career with 2,371 points—the state's unofficial Class A all-time scoring record.
"Sarah's unselfish play stands out the most," Shanley head coach Tim Jacobson said. "She is one of the few kids that averages up near 20 points per game, but she also gives out 10 assists per game consistently. It's always team first with her, and that's why I think her own success has been so great."
Rotunda, a 6-foot forward and University of Mary signee, averaged 15.3 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 3.6 apg and 3.9 steals per game for the Deacons.
"Lauren has a game around the rim, she can hit mid-range jumper and she can step out to hit a 3-pointer," Tim Jacobson said. "She is very hard to defend and she understands her role. She has so many roles she can play for us and I think that is what makes her such a special player."
Askvig, a 6-1 guard who is also a Mary signee, averaged 17.6 ppg and 9.5 rpg for the Magicians.
"Cassie is so universal as a player in that she does a lot of things for our team," Minot head coach Bernie Wasser said. "She is a huge asset for us both offensively and defensively. She stepped up for us this year and a lot was on her shoulders. She met all standards and kept us competitive the whole season."
Irwin is committed to play basketball at South Dakota State. The 6-foot forward averaged 19.9 ppg and 8.1 rpg for the Huskies.
"Last year Tylee was our go-to player and she has stepped into that role and played very well for us," Wahpeton head coach Brian Watson said. "She does whatever the team needs."
Moton averaged 20.6 ppg and 10.8 rpg for the Packers, who qualified for state and finished the season 16-9.
"Akealy was a 55 percent field goal shooter this season and that is pretty solid," West Fargo head coach Barb Metcalf said. "She also was a force to be reckoned with rebounding the basketball. She is such a strong athlete and is a tough player for teams to game plan for."
Maddie Erickson, Fargo South: The 5-7 senior point guard averaged 20.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 3.5 apg for the Bruins. She was a second team selection a year ago.
Emily Stroup, Fargo South: The 5-11 senior forward led the Eastern Dakota Conference in rebounding averaging 16.2 rpg and also averaged 15.3 ppg for South. Stroup was a second team selection last season and is Class A's all-time leading rebounder.
Regan Dennis, Bismarck Century: The 5-11 junior forward averaged 12.5 ppg and 6 rpg for the Patriots.
Ashley Davis, Turtle Mountain-Belcourt: The 5-8 junior guard averaged 14 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 5.5 apg for the Braves.
Kourtney Selensky, Bismarck Century: The 5-10 senior forward averaged 13 ppg and 6 rpg for Century.