Minot High’s Allie Nelson named to Class A All-State Second Team

Minot High forward Allie Nelson capped off her senior season with some hardware — a Miss Basketball finalist nomination and Class A All-State Second Team honors.

On Tuesday, Nelson joined West Fargo’s McKenna Becher, Jamestown’s Grace Hegerle, Bismarck Century’s Julia Fitterer and Dickinson’s Peyton Selle on the All-State Second Team.

Nelson led the Majettes with a team-high 16.7 points per game and shot 47% from the field. The Majettes finished 12-13 (10-10 WDA) and lost to Mandan in a state qualifier.

After winning Miss Basketball, Fargo Shanley’s Reile Payne earned a unanimous selection to the First Team. Bismarck Legacy’s Alexis Dressler (unanimous), Mandan’s Lakyn Darras, Devils Lake’s Jes Mertens and Fargo Davies’ Ryleigh Wacha joined Payne.

Askvig becomes first two-time

NCAA All-American in U-Mary history

ATLANTA — Cassie Askvig, a former 2016 Miss Basketball finalist with Minot High School, has been named an All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Earning WBCA Honorable Mention All-American Honors makes Askvig the only two-time NCAA All-American in University of Mary women’s basketball history.

The Marauders 6-foot-2 forward averaged 21 points per game and hauled down seven rebounds per game while shooting 50.2 percent from the field and 80% from the charity stripe. She had six double-doubles this season and has reached double figures in points in 31 of 33 games. The U-Mary forward led the NSIC in scoring while ranking fifth in field goal percentage and ninth in rebounding.

After the completion of her senior season, Askvig has 1,777 points and 847 rebounds. She now ranks fourth all-time in scoring and fifth in rebounding for U-Mary.

During her senior season, Askvig scored 692 points, breaking the U-Mary single-season scoring record. Brittney Dietz previously held the record with 674 points during the 2015-16 season.

Askvig’s historic season also featured a U-Mary and NSIC single-game scoring record with 45 points against Southwest Minnesota State, which broke Andrea Ronderos’ record of 42 points from 2003-04.

Askvig also tied U-Mary’s single-game free throws made record in the same game with 17 against SMSU. Brittney Dietz is the only other player to accomplish this feat, doing so twice.

Askvig joins Rhonda Leinius as U-Mary’s only other two-time All-American. Leinius was named NAIA First Team in 1994 and 1995.

— U-Mary athletics


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