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  • The All-County team for boys high school basketball was revealed on Tuesday and now it's the girls' turn.

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  • The All-County team for boys high school basketball was revealed on Tuesday and now it's the girls' turn.
    Frontenac, Girard and Pittsburg all spent time ranked by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association in Class 4A. Frontenac shared the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League title with Baxter Springs. Colgan won the Tony Dubray Classic.
    Kaylee Bogina, Northeast
    Bogina was the floor general of a young Vikings team under first-year head coach Scott Post and led the 7-14 Vikings with 10.6 points per game, 2.9 assists, 2.6 steals, 42 3-point shots and 40 free throws. Bogina also contributed 3.5 rebounds per contest in her sophomore season.
    Two of her best offensive games came against Bronaugh (Mo.) — 17 in the season-opener and 19 in the Tony Dubray Classic. Bogina scored a season-high 20 in the substate loss against state qualifier Sedan with 18 of her points from a season-best six 3-pointers. She had two games of eight assists (Golden City, Marmaton Valley) and recorded seven steals against Crest.
    Bailey Flora, Frontenac
    A two-time All-County selection, Flora led the Raiders with 11.1 points and ranked second with 5.9 rebounds per game, just behind fellow junior interior player Ryleigh McCartney.
    No. 50 scored in double figures 9 of her first 10 games, including a season-high 20 points against Lamar. She had nights of 18 against Neodesha and Fort Scott. Her best nights on the board were 15 against Colgan and 12 against Columbus.
    Hadyn Herlocker, Girard
    A three-time All-County selection, the Girard senior guard had several important milestones happen during her season: she signed with Pittsburg State to play basketball, she won the Wendy's Heisman recognizing two Kansas student-athletes (one boy, one girl), she reached 1,000 career points and she found out Wednesday that she had been selected for the KBCA All-Star Game.
    Herlocker led Girard with 21.4 points, 5.0 assists, 7.3 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game. She faced double and triple teams all season.
    A four-year varsity contributor, Girard teams posted 75 wins and two state appearances during her distinguished prep career. Overall record: 75-18 (.810 winning percentage).
    Mariah Klenke, Colgan
    The senior forward came into her own her final year. She had 12 points and four steals in the championship game of the Dubray Classic.
    "Mariah had an excellent game," Colgan head coach Abby Farabi said. "Mariah's had an excellent tournament. She's really stepped up her game. In the beginning of the season, we struggled at getting the ball inside. That's been one of my emphasis (points) the last couple weeks, getting it to her because it will open the outside. She's very coachable and defensively, she's starting to get in the right position at the right time."
    Klenke scored 18 points against Baxter Springs, 17 against Riverton and 17 against Lamar. Farabi said that Klenke played her best game in Farabi's two years, with 19 points against the Wichita Defenders.
    Page 2 of 3 - Nichole Kolarik, Colgan
    Another senior on a predominantly young Colgan team, Kolarik or her younger sister Katie could usually be found around a loose ball or rebound.
    Kolarik, who played some at point guard when sophomore Alex Minton was out with an injury, matched fellow senior Mariah Klenke with 19 points in a game against the Wichita Defenders and led the Panthers with 21 in a heartbreaking overtime loss to Columbus.
    This is Kolarik's second All-County selection.
    Amy Martin, Southeast
    The floor general of the Lancers for the past couple seasons, Martin earned her second consecutive All-County selection.
    Martin scored a season-high 20 points against Erie and 13 of her 15 points after halftime against Sunrise Christian in the Lancer Classic. She had 14 against Galena and Riverton, 13 against Baxter Springs, 12 against Colgan and 10 against Northeast in a 47-5 win over the Vikings.
    Ryleigh McCartney, Frontenac
    The primary link between the perimeter and the interior for the substate finalists, McCartney averaged 8.6 points, a team-high 6.0 rebounds, a team-high 0.8 blocks, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals, plus her 11 3-point shots were tied for second behind the 45 of team leader Haley Wilson.
    McCartney enjoyed two of her best nights against the best competition: 19 points, 10 rebounds, five blocked shots, two assists and two steals against Class 4A state qualifier Labette County (67-50 win) and 16 points, 13 rebounds in the 51-43 win over Girard which gave the Raiders their share of the CNC.
    This is McCartney's second All-County selection.
    Hope McLeod, Girard
    McLeod is one of those players who transcends statistics like 5.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
    "Hope McLeod's value to our team is not measured in statistics," Girard head coach Brad Herlocker said. "All you had to do was attend a basketball game to see the type of defensive stopper she was. Her heart and passion for competition inspired her teammates to do more and games were won by her shutting down the other team's best scorer."
    For example, she held Southeast junior point guard Amy Martin to three points during their meeting, a Girard win.
    Jaycie Polhlopek, Northeast
    The 5-foot-5 freshman guard averaged 7.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals. Over a three-game stretch, Polhlopek scored career-highs against Oswego (14 points), Jayhawk-Linn (15) and Marmaton Valley (19).
    Tessa Robin, Southeast
    Robin seemed like one of those players who ended up in the middle of every play and three of her best offensive games included 11 points against Columbus, 11 against Riverton and 10 against Baxter Springs.
    Alaura Short, Pittsburg
    The senior forward scored all of 10 points her junior season.
    She netted more than that in the first quarter (12) of her coming out game against Girard, the second game of the season. She finished with a career-high 27 points against the Trojans on their home court, Ted R. Taylor Gymnasium, in a 55-51 win for Pittsburg.
    Page 3 of 3 - "That was huge and I'm sure that's her career high," Pittsburg head coach Kim Peterson-O'Bray said. "She had a ton in the first quarter and a ton in the fourth quarter. And the thing about it was she made layups. She made the easy shots and she made free throws."
    Short scored 24 the next game out against Parsons.
    Lizzy Willis, Pittsburg
    Perhaps the most versatile player in the county, Willis had 24 points, seven rebounds and two assists in her final home game against Coffeyville.
    She made big plays throughout a 53-40 victory over the Golden Tornado.
    "She had a game-high of 24 points," Pittsburg head coach Kim Peterson-O'Bray said. "She was all over the place, doing it all for us. More than that, she's a leader for us, vocally and an inspirational leader for us as well."
    Another big game for Willis in the versatility department was her performance against Girard in December.
    Willis came through with 13 points, 19 rebounds, four assists and one steal in the wire-to-wire 55-51 win.
    This is Willis' second All-County selection.
    Haley Wilson, Frontenac
    Wilson's value to the co-CNC champion Raiders as a shooter is obvious.
    She led the Raiders with 45 3-point shots and 127 attempts. Amanda Cicero, Ryleigh McCartney and Natalie Coomes all finished next with 11 3s each.
    Wilson also led Frontenac with 59 free throws made.
    Her big performance at the line was 15-for-16 in the 55-50 win over Girard in the Class 4A substate semifinals at Fort Scott. Most of them came in the fourth quarter of a tight contest.
    Wilson finished second in scoring with 10.1 points per game.

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