Who are the top 16 female basketball players in Montana?
After a two-year hiatus initiated by the COVID-19 outbreak and the brief curtailment of all things sports around the world, the Great Falls Tribune Super State teams are making a triumphant return.
On this day, we reveal the top 16 female basketball players from all four Montana High School Association classes. Although not all of these girls played on a state championship team, they were selected to All-Conference and All-State teams in their particular classification.
It is not exactly equally spaced between the four classes. Four AA-class players made the squad, but only two A-class players. The B and C ranks have four players each.
I contacted several coaches for their opinion on who should be named to this elite team and received several insightful suggestions, some even going to the other classes and giving their opinion.
Unfortunately, we were unable to obtain statistics — and, in some cases, photos — of the 16 team members. But any of these girls — to quote Marietta Boyce of Class C Roy-Winifred State Champion — could be an asset to any team.
MADELINE and ISABELLE HEGGEM, Hors-la-loi Roy-Winifred
Madeline (6-1 senior): 11 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals per game
Isabelle (6-5 sophomore): 12 pts, 9 rebs, 2 assists, 2 steals per game
Co-coach Marietta Boyce on the Heggem sisters: “They’re definitely an asset to any team! They can score in the paint, shoot the 3, handle the ball and dominate the boards. They’re good on the ball. In defense , they make it very difficult to get to the rim both can modify shots and average a few blocks per game Izzy should have fun over the next couple of years as she has two years left of high school , but Madeline We will miss our captain and a born leader. She will do well at the next level!”
BROOKE BERRY, Billings Skyview Falcons
6-0 senior, 16.3 pts., 3.25 assists, 2.56 steals, 48.6 FG pct.
Brooke achieved a major milestone in her high school career when she scored her 1,000th career point on Jan. 8 at Swarthout Fieldhouse against Great Falls High. She helped the Lady Falcons reach another milestone in March as the Falcons defeated the Missoula Hellgate Knights 54-44 for the team’s first-ever state championship.
LAUREN (Lolo) LINDSETH, CM Russell Rustlers
5-10 senior, 11.4 pts., 6.8 rebs., 2.2 assists, 2.75 steals, 56.9 FG pct., 69.3 FT pct.
Four-year starter in three varsity sports (volleyball, basketball, softball), never played a JV game. Three-time All-State in basketball, three-time All-State in volleyball. Signed to play volleyball at Montana State next fall.
Brian Crosby, former RMC head coach on Lolo: “You look at our Hall of Fame, and you see we don’t have a lot of two-time All-State selections, let alone a triple timer…she’s working hard at everything she does Nobody spends more time in the gym than she does…the other thing to consider is her place in the history of this school…a starter of four years for three varsity sports in a School AA class. That never happens. She’s obviously special, and I don’t know if I’ll coach someone like that again…a great teammate, the kind of kid who cares more about the team’s success than his own accomplishments… I don’t know if I’ve ever seen someone universally liked by other teams and fans. She looks a lot like Josh Huestis ( former RMC, Stanford University and professional gamer) in this regard.”
LIV WANGERIN, Plentywood Wildcats
5-10 senior, 17 pts, 8 rebs. per game
Liv’s father and head coach, Randy Wangerin: “She sprained her ankle and played injured in the divisions and the state tournament. She really sucked it up and gutted it.”
KYLA MOMBERG, Box Elder Lady Bears
5-9 senior, 15 pts, 6.5 rebs, 3 assists, 4 steals, per game
Head coach Joel Rosette: “A dominant player for the Lady Bears, she is a three-time All-State selection who was a member of the 2019 State Champion team as a rookie. She will join her sister Joelnell in Montana Western next fall.”
SADIE FILIUS, Le Havre Blue Ponies
5-5 senior, 8.7 pts., 5 rebounds, 3.2 assists per game, 86 FT pct. Led the Blue Ponies to three of the last four state championships at Le Havre (2019, 2021, 2022)
Head Coach Dustin Kraske: “Without doubt the biggest winner in the history of women’s basketball from Havre High School. Puts team accomplishment above the individual, a great leader and a privilege to coach.
SABRINA HARSH, Scotsman from Glasgow
6-0 as a sophomore, 13.6 pts, 8.1 rebounds, 2 steals, 1.2 blocks per game
Glasgow head coach Cami Graham: “Sabrina came to our program in December and was a huge spark for our team, leading the Scotties in points per game, rebounds and blocked shots. She was instrumental important to our team’s success, especially at the (Class B State Tournament).
RACHEL VAN BLARICOMJefferson Panthers
5-9 senior, 15.6 pts, 7.9 rebounds, 3 assists, 4.6 steals per game
Rachel led the Panthers to the Class B State Championship game, where they lost a 56-43 decision to the Colstrip Fillies.
CANZAS HISBADHORSE, Colstrip Fillies
6-0 senior, no statistics available
Canzas helped guide the fillies to the Class B state championship, where they beat Jefferson 56-43 in the final.
MYA HANSEN, Billings Central Rams
5-9 senior, 17.6 pts, 4.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.1 steals per game
Mya is the 2022 Gatorade Women’s Basketball Player of the Year for Montana State, helping the Lady Rams to this year’s Class A state championship game. The Rams lost that game to Havre 37-30.
BRENNA WILLIAMS, Billings Skyview Falcons (no photo available)
6-2 as a sophomore, 14.2 pts, 9.2 rebounds, 2.44 assists, 1.81 steals per game, 70.6 FT pct.
Along with teammate Brooke Berry, Brenna helped the Falcons capture their first-ever Class AA women’s basketball title with a 54-44 win over Missoula Hellgate in the Finals.
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ALEX COVILL, Missoula Hellgate Knights (no photo available)
6-6 junior, 13.2 pts., 5 rebs., 3 blocks per game, 72.9 FG pct., 49.1 FG pct, 70.9 FT pct.
Alex led the entire AA class in field goal percentage at 72.9 and was fifth in points. His Lady Knights dropped the State Championship game against Billings Skyview 54-44.
BAYLEE SAYLER, Missoula Hellgate Knights (no photo available)
6-0 senior, 12.4 pts., 3.8 rebs., 2.94 assists per game, 46.2 FG pct., 80.6 FT pct.
Baylee led the entire Charity Strip Class AA with an 80.6 free throw percentage. Taylee helped the Lady Knights reach the state championship game last March, where the Knights fell to Skyview 54-44. It was in the first round of the state tournament against CM Russell that Baylee broke the 1,000 point milestone for her career.
TAYLEE CHIRRICK, Billings West Golden Bears (no photo available)
5-11 sophomore, 12.6 pts, 7.9 rebs., 4.25 assists, 4.06 steals per game, 44.6 FG pct., 37.0 3-pt pct.
Taylee led the AA class in assists and steals and was ranked in the top 10 in points and rebounds. His team reached the semifinals of the state tournament, where they lost to Hellgate and were eliminated by Kalispell Flathead on Saturday morning.