2016-17 All-Missourian Girls Basketball Team

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Laura Simon ~ lsimon@semissourian.com

Kylie Wilhite, jr., Chaffee

Jersey number: 30

Height: 5-foot-9

Position: Guard

Favorite team tradition: Praying before every game

Favorite memory from this season: Winning third in conference

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: 3-point line

Favorite gym to play in: Chaffee

Favorite shoes to play in: Nikes

Favorite basketball player: Kyrie Irving

Best player you've faced: Sam Brennan

Describe your coach in three words or less: Loud

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Mattison Cline or Bridgette Swinford

What's your strengths as a basketball player: Keeping composure when things get bad

What part of your game do you want to improve: Defense

Best basketball-related advice you're received: Don't be nervous, just have fun

What does basketball mean to you: Basketball has always been my favorite sport, I've played since second grade. It's something I can always count on.


Laura Simon ~ lsimon@semissourian.com

Jackie Verseman, jr., St. Vincent

Jersey number: 33/34

Height: 5-foot-11

Position: Post

Favorite team tradition: Getting "cigars" (tootsie pops) from coach after every win.

Favorite memory from this season: Beating Grandview and being able to compete with Oran

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: Free-throw line

Favorite gym to play in: SV gym

Favorite shoes to play in: My Nike shoes

Favorite basketball player: Jenna Winkler

Best player you've faced: Macy Ketcherside (Grandview)

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Jenna Winkler

What's your strengths as a basketball player: Shoot from outside the paint and being able to see where a pass is made before it happens

What part of your game do you want to improve: My hesitation when shooting outside shots and my pump fakes

Best basketball-related advice you're received: Not to doubt my abilities and always know that you have the size advantage

What does basketball mean to you: Hard work and dedication


Laura Simon ~ lsimon@semissourian.com

Jessie Long, soph., Oran

Jersey number: 33

Height: 5-foot-11

Position: Center

Favorite team tradition: Praying before every game

Favorite memory from this season: Making it to the final four

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: Anywhere

Favorite gym to play in: Oran

Favorite shoes to play in: Nikes

Favorite basketball player: Michael Hood

Best player you've faced: Chaylea Mosby

Describe your coach in three words or less: Funny, caring

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Claire Ramsey

What's your strengths as a basketball player: Shooting

What part of your game do you want to improve: Shooting

Best basketball-related advice you're received: You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take

What does basketball mean to you: The world


Laura Simon ~ lsimon@semissourian.com

Leah Cauble, soph., Oran

Jersey number: 32

Height: 5-foot-9

Position: Point guard

AAU/travel team: Southeast Dynasty

Favorite team tradition: Prayer before each game, jamming in locker rooms

Favorite memory from this season: Making it to state

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: Anywhere

Favorite gym to play in: Oran High School Gym

Favorite shoes to play in: Nikes

Favorite basketball player: Michael Jordan

Best player you've faced: Chaylea Mosby

Describe your coach in three words or less: Competitive, funny, caring

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Kaylee Payne and Claire Ramsey

What's your strengths as a basketball player: Ball handling, shooting

What part of your game do you want to improve: All aspects of the game

Best basketball-related advice you're received: You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take

What does basketball mean to you: The world


Andrew J. Whitaker ~ awhitaker@semissourian.com

Rylee Stafford, sr., Jackson

Jersey number: 15

Height: 5-foot-5

Position: Shooting guard

AAU/travel team: TC Hoops

Plans after graduation: I plan on attending college and majoring in either architecture or graphic design (undecided)

Favorite team tradition: Gameday snapchats #gameday

Favorite memory from this season: Winning sectionals!

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: Free-throw line

Favorite gym to play in: Next to our home gym, Poplar Bluff's gym

Favorite shoes to play in: Adidas

Favorite basketball player: Maya Moore

Best player you've faced: Jaidah Stewart from Webster Groves

Describe your coach in three words or less: Disciplined, prepared, passionate

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Abby Hermann

What's your strengths as a basketball player: Focus and a competitive heart. Always determined.

What part of your game do you want to improve: Ball handling and passing

Best basketball-related advice you're received: Always use the backboard

What does basketball mean to you: Basketball has always been a part of my life and has given me numerous opportunities/relationships. I'm beyond grateful to have been a part of the Jackson basketball family.


Laura Simon ~ lsimon@semissourian.com

Krista Rhodes, jr., Woodland

Jersey number: 11

Height: 5-foot-11

Position: Forward/guard

Favorite team tradition: Praying before every game

Favorite memory from this season: Scoring my 1,000th point.

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: 3-ball from the right corner

Favorite gym to play in: Woodland High School gym

Favorite shoes to play in: I really don't care

Best player you've faced: Leah Cauble

Describe your coach in three words or less: Understanding and wise

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Abbey Williams

What's your strengths as a basketball player: Mental toughness

What part of your game do you want to improve: My ball handling

Best basketball-related advice you're received: Every possession matters so play hard every minute of the game


Laura Simon ~ lsimon@semissourian.com

Sam Brennan, sr., Notre Dame

Jersey number: 25

Height: 5-foot-7

Position: Guard/point guard

AAU/travel team: TC Hoops

Plans after graduation: Play basketball at Benedictine College, then nursing.

Favorite team tradition: Pregame chapel talks

Favorite memory from this season: Tying the game against Saxony with a buzzer beater, and beating Jackson

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: 3-pointer

Favorite gym to play in: Notre Dame

Favorite shoes to play in: Nikes

Favorite basketball player: Skylar Diggins

Describe your coach in three words or less: Driven

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Allie Ziegler

What's your strengths as a basketball player: Ball handling

What part of your game do you want to improve: Shooting off the dribble or pass

Best basketball-related advice you're received: It's not over, till it's over

What does basketball mean to you: It's been a huge part of my life ever since I was little, so it means a lot to me


Fred Lynch ~ flynch@semissourian.com

Abbie Reece, jr., Cape Central

Jersey number: 34

Height: 5-foot-8

Position: Guard/forward

AAU/travel team: TC Hoops

Favorite team tradition: Jamming in the locker room to Katherine's music before games

Favorite memory from this season: The season as a whole because we played together as a team and improved. Watch us next year ;)

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: Floater from the baseline

Favorite gym to play in: Home or Show Me Center

Favorite shoes to play in: Under Armour

Favorite basketball player: Elena Delle Donne -- I wish I was tall like her

Best player you've faced: Tyeshia Mitchell -- She's a great athlete

Describe your coach in three words or less: Supportive, knowledgeable, jumpy

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Katherine Morton

What's your strengths as a basketball player: I'm very adaptable, I can play wherever the coach puts me

What part of your game do you want to improve: 3-point shooting

Best basketball-related advice you're received: "Always practice at game speed," it helps so much in a game situation

What does basketball mean to you: It's my life. It's all I've known the past 10 years. I'm happiest with a basketball in my hand.


Andrew J. Whitaker ~ awhitaker@semissourian.com

Samantha Coffee, fresh., Scott County Central

Jersey number: 0

Height: 5-foot-8

Position: Forward

AAU/travel team: TC Hoops

Favorite team tradition: Listen to music before games

Favorite memory from this season: Advancing to the quarterfinals

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: Elbow

Favorite gym to play in: Scott Central

Favorite shoes to play in: Curry's

Favorite basketball player: Kevin Durant

Best player you've faced: Leah Cauble

Describe your coach in three words or less: Excited, passionate, funny

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Breasia

What's your strengths as a basketball player: Defense

What part of your game do you want to improve: Shooting

Best basketball-related advice you're received: Work hard and be aggressive

What does basketball mean to you: I love playing the game


Andrew J. Whitaker ~ awhitaker@semissourian.com

Alexis Allstun, soph., Jackson

Jersey number: 30

Height: 6-foot-1

Position: Center

AAU/travel team: Southeast Dynasty

Favorite team tradition: Taking team bonding trips with school basketball team

Favorite memory from this season: Going to Indianapolis with the team and watching a WNBA game

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: Free-throw line

Favorite gym to play in: Our event center

Favorite shoes to play in: I play in Jordans

Favorite basketball player: Stephen Curry

Best player you've faced: My teammates who have made me better

Describe your coach in three words or less: Determined, passionate

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Mah Massey

What's your strengths as a basketball player: Being able to anticipate what will happen on the court

What part of your game do you want to improve: Being able to shoot 3s and work on ball handling

Best basketball-related advice you're received: You have to make mistakes to become great

What does basketball mean to you: Having fun and letting loose


Fred Lynch ~ flynch@semissourian.com

Alyssa Tidwell, soph., Kelly

Jersey number: 13

Height: 5-foot-3

Position: Point guard

Favorite team tradition: Praying before every game

Favorite memory from this season: Getting Christmas presents from Coach Rod

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: The wing

Favorite gym to play in: Kelly gym

Favorite shoes to play in: Nike pro

Favorite basketball player: Stephen Curry

Best player you've faced: Faith Archie

Describe your coach in three words or less: Strict and funny

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: MJ/Marissa Jones

What's your strengths as a basketball player: Handles pressure well

What part of your game do you want to improve: Offense and talking more on the court

Best basketball-related advice you're received: Positive attitude, play hard, play as a team

What does basketball mean to you: I enjoy playing


Andrew J. Whitaker ~ awhitaker@semissourian.com

Laurel Mueller, jr., Saxony Lutheran

Jersey number: 11

Height: 5-foot-9

Position: Guard

Favorite team tradition: Pregame speeches

Favorite memory from this season: Postseason -- fun proving people wrong and going farther than most expected

Favorite spot on the floor to shoot from: Jump shot from the paint

Favorite gym to play in: Mizzou

Favorite basketball player: Aijha Blackwell

Best player you've faced: Aijha Blackwell

Describe your coach in three words or less: Legend

Teammate most likely to make you laugh: Addi Beussink

What's your strengths as a basketball player: Speed

What part of your game do you want to improve: Going up strong to the rim and finishing

Best basketball-related advice you're received: Everything from the daily lectures we get from Coach Sides

What does basketball mean to you: It's a sport I love to play with teammates I love to be with

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