Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 14, 2013

Jankoska is Class B Player of Year


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Freeland's Tori Jankoska was one of the top scorers in the state during her first three years on varsity. This year, her offense was better than ever — but so was her defense.

"Her defense is just phenomenal this year," Freeland coach Tom Zolinski said of Jankoska, a 5-foot-7 senior guard and this year's Associated Press Class B Player of the Year in girls' basketball. "... Her defense has helped her score a lot more, too. She gets a lot of breakaway layups off of her steals."

Still, it is Jankoska's offense that really raises eyebrows.

Hitting NBA-range 3-pointers and getting to the rim with equal dexterity, Jankoska led the state this season with 31.3 points per game. She surpassed the 2,000-point mark for her career and became Saginaw County's all-time leading scorer in the process.

"We always practice with two people covering her," Zolinski said. "Her conditioning has been the difference this year.

"And she has shot well, too. Her 2-point percentage is over 60 percent, and she's shot over 50 percent from the floor (overall). Her shot selection has really made a difference this year."

Jankoska also averaged 8.1 rebounds, 4.9 steals, 3.2 assists, and 1.7 blocks this season, her fourth as a varsity starter for the top-ranked Falcons.

A three-time first-team All-State selection, Jankoska was at her best this year against her team's toughest competition. Her top games included 40 points against Midland Bullock Creek, 38 points against Saginaw Valley Lutheran, 34 points against both Goodrich and Frankenmuth and 28 points against Saginaw Nouvel.

"She's been under unbelievable pressure. She's had the spotlight on her the whole year, and she's really done well in the spotlight," Zolinski said of Jankoska, who is headed to play basketball at Michigan State. " ... She's improved every year and really handled the pressure well."

Joining Jankoska on the Class B All-State team are sister tandem Kysre Gondrezick, a 5-9 freshman guard, and Kalabrya Gondrezick, a 5-9 sophomore guard from Benton Harbor.

Kysre Gondrezick averaged 28.6 points, 13 rebounds and five steals per game and led the Tigers to a 15-5 record and a Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference Big 16 championship.

Kalabrya Gondrezick, a first-team All-State selection last season as well, averaged 17.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.

Asia Doss of sixth-ranked Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day became the Yellowjackets' leader following the graduation of three starters from last year's squad. Doss, a 5-7 junior guard, averaged 18 points, 4.5 assists and three steals per game and is being recruited by numerous Big Ten schools.

Keyara Wiard led Muskegon Oakridge to a 19-1 record after earning all-conference honors for the third straight year. A 5-8 senior guard, Wiard averaged 21.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.7 steals, and 4.1 assists this season. She has signed to play basketball at Grand Valley State and has scored nearly 1,300 points during her prep career.

D'Erika Varenhorst, a 5-11 senior center, has led Ludington to a 39-game Lake 8 Activities Conference winning streak, an 18-1 record and a No. 2 ranking in the state. A member of the 1,000-point club, Varenhorst averaged 17.8 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.6 steals while shooting 51 percent from the floor this season.

Kalkaska's Kelli Guy was named first-team All-State for the second consecutive season after averaging 25.6 points, 5.2 assists and 3.7 steals per game. Guy, a 5-6 senior guard, has scored over 1,600 career points and grabbed over 500 career rebounds and will play at Michigan Tech.

Another repeat first-team All-State selection is Flint Northwestern's Sparkle Taylor, a 5-10 senior forward. Taylor, who will play at Texas-El Paso, averaged 23.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.

Taylor Gleason of third-ranked and defending state champion Goodrich also made the All-State team for the second straight season after averaging 21 points, 8.6 rebounds, five assists and four steals per game. Gleason was a big part of the third-ranked Martians going 17-3 despite losing three players to season-ending injuries, and she has signed to play her college ball at Illinois.

Livonia Ladywood's Andrea Anastos, a 5-10 senior guard, averaged 19.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game for the Blazers. She is headed to Boston College to play hockey.

Teagan Reeves of Three Rivers averaged 21.2 points, 11.1 rebounds and four blocks, while shooting 50 percent from the floor. Reeves, who has committed to play basketball at Western Michigan, led the Wildcats to a 19-1 record this season.

Clare's Lindsay Winter, a 5-7 junior guard, also led her team to a 19-1 record. Already a member of the 1,000-point club, Winter averaged 23.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.3 steals and four assists per game. The Pioneers were 59-6 during her three years on varsity.

The Class B Coach of the Year is Goodrich's Jason Gray, who led the Martians to a 23-3 record and a return trip to the state semifinals despite losing three key players to season-ending injuries.