By Greg DeVillers
Grand Forks Herald
For four years, Hannah Stewart and Gabbie Bohl have been dominant forces on a dominant Minot Bishop Ryan basketball team. But they dominated within a team concept.

By Greg DeVillers
Grand Forks Herald
For four years, Hannah Stewart and Gabbie Bohl have been dominant forces on a dominant Minot Bishop Ryan basketball team. But they dominated within a team concept.
"They've been a nice tandem to work with,'' Ryan coach Julie Stewart said. "In some ways, their numbers were down a little from what they could have been. They didn't always look to shoot. They shared the ball and played the game the right way.''
The seniors led Ryan to the past three North Dakota Class B girls state high school titles, losing just one game in that span. Both were finalists for the Miss Basketball award, which was won by Stewart. Now both are first-team picks on the Class B all-state team, as selected by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Joining the Ryan standouts on the first team are Lakota-Edmore senior Fallyn Freije, who is making her fourth appearance on the all-state first team, and juniors Shaice Marx of Thompson and Rylee Nudell of Maple Valley.
The 6-foot-3 Stewart, making her third first-team appearance after being second team all-state as a freshman, averaged 19.3 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 5.7 steals and 4.3 blocks. She finished her career with 2,473 points and 1,362 rebounds.
The 6-2 Bohl, a second team all-stater each of the past two seasons, averaged 21 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. She had 1,881 career points and 864 career rebounds.
“They each had their own strengths,'' Julie Stewart said. "Each year, Hannah has developed into more of an all-around player. She's become more of a face-the-basket player, improving her ballhandling and shooting, and she's a presence in the paint.
"Gabbie is very long and athletic. She runs the floor well, is strong in the paint and her mid-range game is very good. She works well away from the ball.''
Neither put up a huge number of shots. Stewart was a 58.2 percent shooter from the field, averaging 14.2 shots per game. Bohl was a 62.3 percent shooter averaging 14.6 shots a game. "They both played the game efficiently,'' Julie Stewart said. "To shoot around 60 percent from the field, that's phenomenal.''
Freije is the veteran on the first-team squad after leading Lakota-Edmore to a fifth-place finish at state. The versatile 6-foot senior averaged 25.3 points, 13.2 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.4 blocks. She scored a career-high 47 points in the Region 4 championship to get the Raiders to the state tournament for the third time in four seasons.
Freije finished her career with 2,511 points and 1,312 rebounds.
"Fallyn was a post player, a point guard, anything we needed she did,'' L-E coach Duane Connell said. "She was a great scorer and a great passer. She always tried to get her teammates involved in the offense.
“She took what defenses gave her. If defenses played her one-on-one, she'd score 30-plus points. We knew one person couldn't stop her down low and she was a good 3-point shooter. When defenses concentrated on her, that's when her great passing came into play.''
Nudell, a 5-10 junior, is a repeat first team pick after gaining second-team designation as a freshman. She averaged 26.9 points, 10.7 rebounds, 4.8 steals, 1.7 blocks and 4 assists this season for 20-5 Maple Valley.
With 2,612 points, Nudell is on pace to exceed 3,000 for her career next season.
"When she was starting as a seventh-grader, she was mostly a post player,'' Maple Valley coach Jeff Miller said. "We had to move her to the point this year and she did well.
"She's worked on her shooting and people have to respect it. But she also takes it strong to the basket. She's always double- and triple-teamed around the basket, but she's still able to score with her power and moves.''
Marx is a first-team pick who has built her reputation on defense and rebounding rather than scoring. The 5-foot-8 junior was second on the Region 2-champion Tommies with a 12-point scoring average. She also averaged 13.7 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 2 assists per game.
"I think if Shaice wanted to, she could be a 20-point scorer,'' Thompson coach Jason Brend said. "But she's so unselfish. She always looked to pass first.
"Her strongest attributes are defense and rebounding. She's very athletic, a real good jumper, and she attacks the rim going after rebounds. And she's a lock-down defender. She guarded everything from 5-4 point guards to 6-2 post players and she did a great job, no matter who she was defending.''

Second team
Sydney Bentz, Grant County: The 5-11 senior average 16.8 points, 11.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 3.1 steals, 2.1 blocks and made 67 treys.
Madison Erickson, Berthold: The 5-9 senior averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Hannah Jacobs, Divide County: The 5-10 senior averaged 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4.2 assists. She is a repeat second-team pick.
Katie Mogen, Watford City: The 5-9 junior averaged 19 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.9 steals. She is a repeat second-team pick.
Cheyenne Packineau, Parshall: The 6-2 senior averaged 21 points, 14.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists.
Macie Romsdal, Central Cass: The 5-11 senior averaged 19.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.6 steals.
Hannah Schlecht, Sargent Central: The 5-8 senior averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.8 steals.
Helen Schuster, Midway-Minto: The 5-7 senior averaged 21.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 2 assists.
Paige Schmidt, Kidder County: The 5-8 junior averaged 16 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.5 steals.
Alanna Sickler, Dickinson Trinity: The 5-10 junior averaged 14 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals.
Alli Vandal, Rolla: The 6-foot senior averaged 23.2 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 2.4 steals.