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TopSports.news’ 15 girls basketball players to watch in 2021-2022

Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer

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By RICK PETERSON        
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JALEY BARKLEY, Cair Paravel Latin

A 5-foot-7 senior, Barkley averaged 17.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists for Cair Paravel as a junior and earned third-team TopSports.news All-Shawnee County recognition. Barkley signed a letter of intent with Sterling College during the early signing period.

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ZOE CANFIELD, Washburn Rural

A 5-foot-11 sophomore, Canfield averaged 7.3 points, 3.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds last season for the 17-3 Junior Blues, earning second-team All-Centennial League and second-team TSN All-Shawnee County honors.

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BROOKLYN DeLEYE, Washburn Rural

A 6-2 junior, DeLeye averaged 17.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists as a sophomore for the 17-3 Junior Blues, earning first-team All-Centennial League and TSN All-Shawnee County honors and All-Class 6A honorable mention from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association. DeLeye, a Kentucky commit for volleyball, was named the 6A player of the year in that sport.

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MARIAH FARMER, Silver Lake

Farmer, a 5-6 junior, averaged 7 points and 2.7 assists last season while helping Silver Lake qualify for the Class 3A state tournament. Farmer earned TSN All-Shawnee County and All-Mid-East League honorable mention for the Eagles a year ago.

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JADA INGRAM, Washburn Rural

A 5-11 sophomore, Ingram averaged 6.7 points and 7.1 rebounds last season as a freshman for the 17-3 Junior Blues, earning TSN All-Shawnee County and All-Centennial League honorable mention.

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EMMA KRUEGER, Washburn Rural

Krueger, a 5-foot-11 senior, started for Rural’s state championship team as a freshman and averaged 11.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists last season as a junior, earning first-team All-Centennial League and TSN All-Shawnee County honors for the 17-3 Junior Blues.

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McKINLEY KRUGER, Silver Lake

A 5-6 sophomore, Kruger averaged 8.7 points and 2.5 assists last season, earning All-Mid-East League first-team and third-team TSN All-Shawnee County honors after helping Silver Lake advance to the Class 3A state tournament.

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EMMA MITCHELL, Rossville

A 5-8 sophomore, Mitchell earned third-team TSN All-Shawnee County recognition and first-team All-Mid-East League honors last season. Mitchell led the Bulldawgs in scoring and ranked second in rebounds as a freshman.

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KINSEY PERINE, Rossville

A sophomore, Perine was an All-Mid-East first-team selection last season and also earned TSN All-Shawnee County honorable mention. Perine led Rossville in assists, steals and blocked shots as a freshman and was the Bulldawgs' second-leading scorer.

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KIKI SMITH, Topeka High

A 5-7 junior, Smith was a first-team All-Centennial League and TSN All-Centennial League pick and earned second-team All-Class 6A honors from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, averaging 15.7 points, 3.0 assists and a city-best 2.8 steals while hitting 39 3-pointers for the 23-2 Trojans, who placed second in 6A.

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MACY SMITH, Hayden

A 5-8 senior, Smith averaged 12 points and 3.9 assists with 11 3-pointers in seven games for the Wildcats last season before missing the remainder of the season for the 8-12 Wildcats with an ACL knee injury.

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TAYLIN STALLBAUMER, Seaman

Stallbaumer, a 5-7 sophomore, averaged 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists for the Vikings as a freshman, helping Seaman advance to the Class 5A state tournament. Stallbaumer was named the TSN Shawnee County and Centennial League newcomer of the year and was a second-team All-County and Centennial League selection.

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CARLY STUKE, Hayden

A 5-8 senior, Stuke averaged 12.6 points and 1.6 steals last season for the 8-12 Wildcats while hitting 36 3-pointes and shooting 72 percent from the free throw line. Stuke earned second-team All-Centennial League and third-team TSN All-Shawnee County honors a year ago.

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AISYA TAYLOR, Highland Park

Taylor,  a 5-7 senior, averaged 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.9 steals last season while hitting 19 3-pointers. Taylor earned TSN All-Shawnee County and All-Centennial League honorable mention.

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TALAYAH THOMAS, Topeka High

A 5-6 senior, Thomas has helped the Trojans reach the Class 6A state semifinals three straight seasons, including a pair of state runner-up finishes. Thomas earned third-team TSN All-Shawnee County honors and Centennial League honorable mention last season. Thomas made an oral commitment to Northwestern Oklahoma State last month.

Other players to watch:

Rossville: Carlee Douglas, Briar Gillum. Seaman: Carstyn Anderson, Brooklyn Gormley. Shawnee Heights: Zoe Oczko, Abby Schulte. Silver Lake: MaKenzie McDaniel, Taylor Ross. Topeka High: Adisyn Caryl, Faith Shields. Topeka West: Jazmyn Ford. Washburn Rural: Campbell Bagshaw, MaRyah Lutz