JAMESTOWN Six finalists have been selected for the annual North Dakota Miss Basketball award.
Sarah Jacobson and Lauren Rotunda of Fargo Shanley, Minot's Cassie Askvig, Maple Valley's Rylee Nudell, Thompson's Shaice Marx and Watford City's Katie Mogen are up for the senior award, presented by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
The winner will be announced on live TV at the conclusion of the Class A girls state championship game Saturday night at the Bismarck Event Center.
Jacobson, a 5-foot-9-inch point guard, is Class A's all-time leading scorer with 2,315 points. The East Region senior athlete of the year and North Dakota State commit posted per-game averages of 19.2 points, 8 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 3.6 steals with 50 3-pointers.
Rotunda, a 6-foot forward, is averaging 14.6 points. 8.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. She is a University of Mary commit.
The first-team all-state selection and Jacobson -- a three-time first-teamer -- are seeking to guide the Deacons to their third state title in a row, having won 67 straight games -- a modern-day record in North Dakota.
Nudell, a 5-foot-10-inch forward, is the state's unofficial all-time leading scorer with 3,458 points. Heading to NDSU for basketball in the fall, Nudell finished her season with a loss in the Region 1 semifinals after averaging 35.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game. She was the Region 1 senior athlete of the year and is a three-time all-state selection with the last two coming on the first team.
Askvig, a 6-foot-1-inch forward, was the West Region's top scorer at 17 points per game, also contributing 9.4 rebounds, 3.3 blocks and 2.7 assists per game. The University of Mary commit and West Region senior athlete of the year is a two-time first-team all-state selection and has Minot in Thursday's Class A state tournament at the Bismarck Event Center.
Marx, a 5-foot-8-inch point guard, was the Region 2 senior athlete of the year, leading Thompson through an undefeated regular season before falling to Park River-Fordville-Lankin in the region championship game. The first-team all-stater and Bemidji State commit averaged 12.3 points, 13.1 rebounds, 4.4 steals and 4.3 assists per game.
Mogen, a 5-foot-9-inch forward, helped Watford City to the state championship game, where it fell to Shiloh Christian. A two-time second-team all-state selection and the Region 8 senior athlete of the year, Mogen had per-game averages of 13.3 points, six rebounds, 4.1 steals and 3.6 assists.
Last year's winner was Hannah Stewart of Minot Bishop Ryan.