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TopSports.news’ 20 girls basketball players to watch in 2022-2023

Rick Peterson, Top Sports News Writer


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A 5-foot-10 sophomore point guard, Becker was a TopSports.news All-Shawnee County Top 10 and All-Centennial League first-team pick as a freshman and was named the newcomer of the year in the Centennial League and Shawnee County. Becker, who received All-Class 5A honorable mention from the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, averaged 14 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.7 assists last season for the 16-6 Vikings.

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BREEZY CANADY, Shawnee Heights

Canady, a 5-5 junior guard, returns as one of the most experienced players for a Shawnee Heights team that posted a 10-11 record last season. Canady averaged 1.6 asists and 1.2 steals as a sophomore for the T-Birds. 

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ZOE CANFIELD, Washburn Rural

A 5-foot-11 junior, Canfield averaged 10.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals last season for the 23-2 Class 6A state-champion Junior Blues, earning Top 10 TSN All-Shawnee County, second-team All-Centennial League and KBCA All-6A honorable mention recognition. Canfield, who has orally committed to Kansas, shot 47.5 percent from 3-point range and 84.8 percent from the free throw line.

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Caryl, a 5-9 senior, earned TSN All-Shawnee County Second 10 honors last season and also received All-Centennial League honorable mention, helping the 20-3 Trojans win the league title and earn a 6A state tournament berth. Caryl averaged 8.4 rebounds and shot 56 percent from 2-point range as a junior for the Trojans.

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ZOE CLARK, Topeka West

A junior, Clark received TSN All-Shawnee County and All-Centennial League honorable mention last season after averaging 5.2 points and 1.5 steals and hitting 13 3-pointers for Topeka West, which will be looking to improve on last season's 2-18 record.

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BROOKLYN DeLEYE, Washburn Rural

A 6-2 senior, DeLeye averaged 11.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists as a junior for the 23-2 6A state-champion Junior Blues, earning first-team All-Centennial League and TSN All-Shawnee County honors and earning All-6A honorable mention from the KBCA. DeLeye, a Kentucky commit in volleyball, helped lead the Junior Blues to the state title in that sport this fall.

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A junior, Best was a Class 6A-5A state qualifier last season, posting third-place finishes in the Centennial League tournament and in 6A-5A regional competition. Best, who received All-Shawnee County second-team honors last season, is ranked fifth at 125 pounds in the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association's first preseason state rankings.


Best, a sophomore, placed fourth in the 6A-5A state tournament as a freshman and was named the Shawnee County newcomer of the year. Best posted top-three finishes in every tournament she competed in last season, including runner-up finishes in the Centennial League meet and at regionals. Best is ranked No. 4 at 130 pounds in the KWCA's first preseason state rankings.

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A senior, Broxterman advanced to the 6A-5A 120-pound state championship match the last two seasons while earning first-team All-Shawnee County honors. Broxterman went 42-3 as a junior and is a three-time state qualifier, helping Rural win a pair of state team titles as well as a runner-up team finish. A Centennial League and regional champ in 2021-2022, Broxterman is ranked No. 1 in the KWCA's first preseason state rankings.

CONNIE BURNS, Shawnee Heights

The T-Birds are counting on Burns to make an immediate impact as a freshman in the 2022-2023 season at 100 pounds. Burns starts her high school career with significant kid wrestling experience, placing in multiple Kansas Kid Wrestling state tournaments while also competing at the national level.

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MOLLY BUSENITZ, Shawnee Heights

Busenitz, a 115-pound senior, posted a 27-3 record last season, earning a fourth-place medal in the 6A-5A state tournament. Busenitz was a United Kansas Conference and 6A-5A regional champion as a junior, earning first-team All-Shawnee County recognition. Busenitz is ranked No. 3 in the KWCA's first 6A-5A preseason state rankings.

LAIKEN CLARK, Washburn Rural

A junior 140-pounder, Clark posted a 23-9 record last season and was a 6A-5A state qualifier for Washburn Rural, which finished second as a team. Clark was a Centennial League champion and finished second at regionals. A first-team All-Shawnee County pick as a sophomore, Clark is ranked sixth in the KWCA's first preseason state rankings.

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A senior 130-pounder, Frederickson is a two-time state medalist for the Junior Blues, placing third last season after finishing fifth as a sophomore. Frederickson posted a 43-5 record last season, helping lead Rural to a second-place team finish. Fredrickson was a Centennial League and regional champ and earned first-team All-Shawnee County recognition. Fredrickson is ranked No. 3 in the KWCA's first 6A-5A preseason state rankings.

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