Class 3 Female Basketball Players to Watch

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By Jordan Burton (for OzarksSportsZone.com)

Basketball season is underway in Missouri. Below are the region’s Class 3 basketball players to watch this year.

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Kameron Green, Fair Grove Senior
Green is a 1,000-point scorer and four-year winner at Fair Grove. She averaged 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds, but where she excels is her ability to defend; she is one of the best shot blockers in the Ozarks. The 6ft eldest is an absolute physical presence in the painting at both ends of the floor.

Laney Humble, Strafford Senior
The Baptist Bible College signee returns to Strafford after averaging 12.2 points and 5.2 rebounds as a junior. While Strafford has lost a ton of talent, keep in mind that Humble helped Sparta win a ton of games early in his career as leader of this team. She is more than capable of taking on a bigger role offensively.

Lauren Jones, Mansfield Senior
Gary Greene has helped produce several talented players over the past two decades at Mansfield, but Jones could be top of the class. The 5-foot-8 guard averaged 17 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists as a junior. She’s literally good at everything she does, but she’s a handful on hardwood. Monster senior year ahead.

Savannah Koen, Forsyth Jr.
Volleyball is where she first made a name for herself, but Koen is also a stud on the basketball court. She doesn’t really have a position, she just makes plays averaging 12.8 points, eight rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.4 steals. She’s only 5-foot-9, but her athleticism allows her to play like she’s a 6-footer.

Macie Mays, El Dorado Springs Senior
Mays will sport new bling this winter after helping El Do win a state championship last year where she averaged 15 points and four rebounds in the Final Four. Her junior year, she averaged 19.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists. She has one of the most complete games in the Ozarks. She will achieve the school’s high scoring record this winter and with the graduation of a decorated senior class, Mays’ numbers could be jaw-dropping this year.

Marcy Miller, Lamar Senior
She was a double-double machine as a junior, averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds. The All-Big 8 pick is unique in that it’s 6-foot-1, but it also plays with an extremely tall motor. She is also one of the best offensive rebounders in the region.

Jaylin Miner and Kyle Tucker, Elders of Pleasant Hope
Before these two arrived, Pleasant Hope hadn’t reached .500 since 2013. In fact, the program only won 3 games before their first year. The duo elevated the program. Miner averaged 17 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals. Tucker added 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists. They are dynamic and impossible to keep out of the paint while being disruptive defensively. Scott Wolf has a cheat code in these two.

Lillie Rasmussen, Seymour Senior
The fact that she’ll be playing D1 football despite attending a school that doesn’t have a football program tells you everything you need to know about the Missouri State signee; Rasmussen is just different. As a junior, she averaged 18.5 points and 4.9 rebounds. She has truly unlimited range and the confidence to let her fly from anywhere.

Abbie Sullins, senior licker
The senior has been a mainstay on the All-Frisco League roster and the playoffs, winning 67 games, a pair of district championships and a Final Four in 2020. The southpaw can score it from anywhere and has an IQ of basketball off the charts.

Reagan Wells, Liberty Junior
She made a name for herself last year on a busy team, emerging as a perimeter scorer alongside a talented senior class with 12.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. Now that those seniors are gone, Wells is going to play a starring role in scoring, which won’t be a problem for the gym rat.

OTHERS TO WATCH

Megan Brown, Sparta Senior
Molly Brown, Hartville Senior
Sydney Bryan, Spokane Junior
Kenzi Cheek, Skyline Sophomore
Hadley Chowning, Liberty Sophomore
Maddie Donahue, Senior Thayer
Grace Edge, Skyline Senior
Emily Edwards, Skyline Senior
Katie Galligos, Junior Catholic
Ashlen Garrett, Skyline Sophomore
Josie Guinn, East Newton Senior
Brynn Holt, Sparta Senior
Ireland Jones, shrewd junior
Lauren Jones, Strafford Junior
Jenna Kelley, Hartville Junior
Summer Kenney, Stockton Senior
Katie Lopez, Senior Sarcoxie
Breanna Thompson, Conway Senior
Ashlyn Stettler, Lamar Sr.

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