2019 All-Idaho Basketball Players of the Year
GIRLS FIRST TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: MADISON JACKSON, PARMA
Why she is player of the year: One of the state’s top athletes in all classifications, the 5-8 point guard led the Panthers to a state runner-up trophy, the best finish in program history. She averaged 17.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.1 steals as a senior and has her name all over the school record books with 1,674 career points.
Coach’s comment: “(She’s) the best player in 3A, if not the state,” Parma coach Michael Calkins said.
What others are saying: “Jackson was the type of player that you couldn’t match up against. You guard her with a post, she blows by them. You put a guard on her, she posts them up. She was too fast, too skilled, too athletic of a basketball player,” Payette coach Tory Bratcher said.
What’s next: Jackson has signed to play for Montana State.
MACIE KNAPP, SUGAR-SALEM
The back-to-back state champ’s captain, the 5-10 senior point guard has signed to play for the College of Southern Idaho. She led the Diggers in scoring the past three years, including pouring in 15.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game this year.
BROOKE JESSEN, TIMBERLAKE
The 5-11 sophomore forward averaged a double-double of 16.4 points and 11.4 rebounds. While she dominated the paint, she was also a threat off the dribble and added 3.2 steals and 1.9 assists a game for the third-place finishers.
HOLLY ANSLEY, BONNERS FERRY
Coaches spent the year drawing up exotic defense to stop the 5-7 sophomore point guard. Despite constant double teams, box-and-one defenses and no-help defenses, she still posted 15.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 steals a night.
JOSEE STEADMAN, SNAKE RIVER
The state consolation champ relied on the 5-11 sophomore forward to anchor its trademark defense. But she was also a creative offensive force too, averaging 15.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks.
COACH OF THE YEAR: CRYSTAL DAYLEY, SUGAR-SALEM
Dayley led the Diggers to back-to-back titles to repeat as 3A’s coach of the year.
17.8 ppg, 7.2 reb
13.9 ppg, 4.0 ast, 3.7 stl
11.0 ppg, 2.0 stl
14.1 ppg, 6.3 reb
14.8 ppg, 8.5 reb