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TopSports.news’ 10 girls basketball players to watch

Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


Adysen Burghart

ADYSEN BURGHART, Shawnee Heights

A 5-foot-8 senior, Burghart earned All-United Kansas Conference honorable mention last season after helping lead the T-Birds to an 11-11 record. Burghart ranked among the city leaders in free throw shooting (72.9%) and steals (2.0). Burghart has cracked double figures in all three games for 1-2 Heights this season, averaging 13.3 points.

NiJaree Canady 2


Canady, a 6-foot junior, was a first-team Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-Class 6A selection last season and was the Centennial League player of the year after averaging 18.8 points and 10.2 rebounds for the 23-0 Trojans. Canady has averaged 19.5 points, 12 rebounds and 2.5 steals this season as 3-0 Topeka High has stretched its win streak to 26 games.

Brooklyn DeLeye

BROOKLYN DeLEYE, Washburn Rural

A 6-1 sophomore, DeLeye averaged 12 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 0.7 assists as a freshman for the 16-6 Junior Blues, earning second-team All-Centennial League honors. DeLeye, a two-time All-Class 6A pick in volleyball, has scored in double figures all four games for 4-0 Washburn Rural this season, averaging 15.7 points with a high of 21 points.

Emma Krueger

EMMA KRUEGER, Washburn Rural

Krueger, a 5-foot-10 junior, started for Rural’s state championship team as a freshman and averaged 10.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3 assists last season, earning second-team All-Centennial League honors for the 16-6 Junior Blues. Rural is off to a 4-0 start this season, with Krueger averaging 12.5 points and cracking double figures in all four games.


JAE’MYA LYONS, Topeka High

Lyons, a 6-1 senior, is in her second season at Topeka High after transferring from Highland Park. A Missouri Western signee, Lyons shot 50.7% from the field, averaged 4.6 rebounds and led the city with 1.3 blocked shots per game a year ago. Lyons is averaging a double-double for the 3-0 Trojans thus far this season, averaging 12.3 points and 10.3 rebounds.

Kiki Smith

KIKI SMITH, Topeka High

A 5-8 sophomore, Smith was a first-team All-Centennial League pick and the league newcomer of the year as a freshman, averaging a city-high 20 points, 3.1 assists and 2.7 steals while hitting 38 3-pointers (47.5%) for the 23-0 Trojans, who reached the 6A semifinals. Smith is averaging 19.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 3.3 steals this season for 3-0 High.

Lilly Smith

LILLY SMITH, Topeka High

Smith, a 5-1 senior, was a second-team All-Centennial League pick and earned All-6A honorable mention for the 23-0 Trojans last season after averaging 10.3 points and hitting a team-high 48 3-pointers while shooting 77.8% from the free throw line. Smith is averaging 5.7 points, 4.7 assists and 2.3 steals this season for the 3-0 Trojans.

Macy Smith


A 5-8 junior, Smith averaged 10.3 points and 4.5 rebounds last season for the 9-12 Wildcats while also contributing 1.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Smith, who received All-Centennial League honorable mention as a sophomore, is averaging 13 points for the 3-2 Wildcats this season and hit the game-winning free throws in a win over Seaman.



A 5-8 junior, Stuke has played a key role in the early going for Hayden, helping lead the Wildcats to a 3-2 record. Stuke, a returning starter, is currently averaging 14.2 points, including a 20-point performance with four 3-pointers in a 54-41 win over Junction City and 17 points in a 78-42 season-opening victory over Highland Park.

Aisya Taylor

AISYA TAYLOR, Highland Park

Taylor, 5-7, burst on the city scene for Highland Park last season as a sophomore and has been counted on even more as a junior for the numbers-shy Scots this season. Taylor is currently averaging a team-high 14.2 points for 0-4 Highland Park and scored a game-high 25 points in a loss to Seaman and scored 16 points in a season-opening loss to Hayden.