FLINT – We consulted a variety of sources in selecting our girls basketball Dream Team from the Flint-area after a truly crazy year filled with forfeits, quarantines and a lengthy delay to start the season.
We talked to coaches all season, checked out stats and looked at the various all-league teams selected by league coaches.
Our Player of the Year didn’t take much thought but filling out the first and second teams as well as the honorable mention list did.
Here’s what we came up with as far as the best of the best in the Flint area in 2021.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Track and field is taking Sarah Marvin to college at the University of Michigan. But it’s in basketball where Marvin made perhaps her biggest mark – at least so far.
Marvin ended her brilliant basketball career as the Eagles’ all-time leader in points (1,314), rebounds (1,017), assists (462) and victories (73). She also had 234 career steals.
No Flint-area team had a better record this season than the Eagles’ 17-1 mark and that along with the big numbers Marvin put up is why she’s this season’s Player of the Year.
Marvin, who made the All-State first team the past two seasons, led Byron to its second straight district championship as well as the first regional title in school history. The Eagles were eliminated in the quarterfinals after they were left with just five players because several went on spring break.
In 18 games this season, Marvin led the Eagles in virtually every offensive category. She averaged 18.1 points, 12.9 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 2.9 steals and 0.9 blocks. She made 74 percent of her free throws and 41.8 percent of her 3-point attempts.
She also had 12 double-doubles and two triple-doubles.
Marvin accepted a scholarship to Michigan after winning the 2019 Division 3 discus and shot put state championships.
Alex Long, Flushing, senior
A four-year varsity player, Long led the Raiders to the Division 1 regional finals before they lost to unbeaten Midland Dow. She averaged 13.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Flushing finished with a 15-3 record and won the Metro League Stripes Division championship with a 9-0 mark.
Ellie Toney, Corunna, junior
A three-year starter, the 6-foot Toney averaged 21.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.1 steals for a team that went 12-4 and lost in the Division 2 district finals to Lake Fenton. The Cavs finished second in the Metro League Stars Division, one game behind Lake Fenton.
Taylor Thompson, Grand Blanc, junior
Thompson averaged 16.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals while leading Grand Blanc to a 12-4 record and spot in the Division 1 district finals. The Bobcats finished second in the Saginaw Valley League behind unbeaten Midland Dow.
Ava Boike, Genesee Christian, junior
Boike led Flint-area girls in scoring with an average of 26.3 points to go with 10.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists. She shot 34 percent on 3-pointers and 43 percent overall for a team had a 10-8 record and won a Division 4 district championship.
Brooke Wenzlick, New Lothrop, senior
Wenzlick averaged 20.7 points, 4.8 steals, 4.1 assists, 4.1 rebounds, shot 50 percent from the field and 29 percent on 3-points. She led New Lothrop to a 13-4 record and the regional finals before losing to eventual state semifinalist Hemlock.
Makayla Clement, Byron, senior
Clement averaged 15.9 points, 3.9 assists, 3.0 steals 2.3 rebounds and shot 45.3 percent on 3-pointers for a team that won its first 17 games before losing in the Division 3 quarterfinals. Byron won its second straight district championship before capturing the first girls basketball regional title in school history. Clement finished as the third-leading scorer in school history with 1,064 points.
Olivia Dirkse, Davison, junior
Dirkse averaged 16.7 points, 6.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 steals in leading Davison to a 10-7 record, third-place finish in the Saginaw Valley and the Division 1 district finals before losing to Grand Blanc.
Christina Lamb, Lake Fenton, senior
Lamb was the leading scorer for a balanced offensive attack, averaging 10.6 points per game for a team that went 13-2 and won a Division 2 district championship. She also averaged 4.9 rebounds The Blue Devils won the Metro League Stars Division championship with a 9-1 record.
Ty’Ana Williams, Hamady, junior
Williams averaged 14.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists for a team that was 8-2 before being forced to forfeit in the district semifinals because of a COVID-19 quarantine. The Hawks won the Genesee Area Conference Red Division with a 4-0 record.
Mary Lengemann, Imlay City, junior
A 5-foot-11 point guard, Lengemann averaged 19.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2.7 steals while shooting 76 percent on free throws. She has 923 career points and led the Spartans to a 15-4 record and the school’s first girls basketball regional title in Division 2.
Sydnie Gillett, Corunna, sophomore
Macy Phillips, Lake Fenton, senior
Kerrigan Howdeshell, Lake Fenton, junior
Kalen Williams, Goodrich, sophomore
Riley Abney, Ortonville Brandon, freshman
Korryn Smith, Fenton, senior
Adrie Staib, Fenton, senior
Emma Tooley, Holly, senior
Saniaa Walker, Kearsley, senior
Paige Leedle, Linden, junior
Sarah Rambus, Flushing, sophomore
Mya Williams, Grand Blanc, senior
Emily Bissett, Powers Catholic, junior
DeAndrea Smith, Carman-Ainsworth, sophomore
Jasmine Hadley, Davison, junior
Emily Ludescher, North Branch, senior
Reyn Tuttle, Owosso, senior
Ryleigh Zinn, Genesee, sophomore
COACH OF THE YEAR
Theresa Marvin, Byron
Marvin led Byron to a 17-0 start before the Eagles fell in the quarterfinals because they only have five players because of spring break. Still, Byron finished with the best record in the Flint area, boys or girls. The Eagles captured their second straight district title while winning the first girls basketball championship in regional history. Marvin also won Coach of Year last season.