Marquette Redettes’ Avery Ledy named Great Northern Conference Player of the Year in girls basketball

Marquette’s Avery Ledy, front, drives past Traverse City West’s Becca Bohrer to the basket in the second quarter of their MHSAA Division 1 district tournament championship game played at the Redettes’ gym on March 8. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

MARQUETTE — Marquette seniors Avery Ledy and Sophie Bartlett were able to double dip when coaches in the Great Northern Conference voted on girls basketball postseason awards on Tuesday.

Ledy, a 5-foot-11 forward, was the big winner, however, taking home both Player of the Year and Defensive Team honors.

Bartlett, a 5-8 guard, also made the Defensive Team while adding in honorable mention.

And their coach, Ben Smith, was named the conference Coach of the Year after he not only led the Redettes to a perfect 8-0 GNC record but had the only team with a winning GNC mark.

And to boot, his team won an MHSAA Division 1 championship in a district tournament based in the northern Lower Peninsula.

Several other MSHS players also earned honors — 5-9 senior forward Sydney Kivi made the First Team, 6-foot junior center Madison Carter and 5-10 junior guard Aspen Michelin earned a spot on the Second Team, while 5-10 senior forward Kayley Elmblad won honorable mention.

Gladstone’s Andie Belanger, a Second Team honoree, was also voted the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.


Here are the other GNC players honored:

First Team — Emma Anderson, Menominee; Lexi Chaillier, Escanaba; Megan Crow, Gladstone; Brooke Kriegl, Kingsford

Second Team — Balenger, Gladstone; Erin Barrette, Menominee; Nicole Kamin, Escanaba; Maggie Strehlow, Kingsford

Defensive Team — Emma Hofer, Menominee; Kamin, Escanaba; Kriegl, Kingsford

Honorable mention — Olivia Allen, Kingsford; Ali Doolittle, Kingsford; Jenna Nolde, Menominee; Taylor Ray, Escanaba; Aubreanna Servant, Gladstone; Alaina Trudeau, Gladstone; Aubrey Weber, Escanaba; Makenzie Wellner, Menominee

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is