The term 5-tool player is spoken often when baseball scouts analyze talent for recruiting and MLB's draft. In the case of Medicine Valley (Curtis)
point guard Stella Heapy
we are borrowing that term for the high school girls basketball court.
Heapy didn't lead Nebraska in scoring, assists, rebounding, steals or blocked shots a year ago. But she does them all very well. In fact, the 5-foot-9 junior is the only Nebraska girls basketball player to qualify for this week's Top 10 in all five statistical categories. In order to be considered for this week's Top 10, a player must dominate in three of the five categories.
Due to her performance as a sophomore, Heapy produced the state's top returning stat line after averaging 16.8 points, 3.0 assists, 7.6 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.3 blocked shots while leading a young Raiders squad to an 11-12 record.
Derek Bantam's star player put together a double-double six times a year ago, scored 20 points or more five times and reached double figures in 20 of 23 games last winter. Heapy also scored a career-high 27 points in a 47-37 triumph over Wallace as sophomore.Wakefield
senior Alex Arenas
reached 4-tool status as a basketball player a year ago and she takes over the No. 2 spot after averaging 11.7 points, 3.1 assists, 7.8 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Olivia Loomis-Goltl
of Bridgeport (Bridgeport)
rounds out the Top 3 after producing 19.6 points, 5.6 assists, 6.1 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 0.3 blocked shots an outing.Callie Ann Cooper
of Southern (Wymore)
and Leyton (Dalton)
sophomore Zaili Benish
round out the Top 5 after averaging 20.8 and 21.3 points a game respectively a year ago. Cooper added 8.6 rebounds per game to her line while Benish utilized her quick hands to grab 5.3 enemy balls per contest last season.
Bridgeport's Ruthie Loomis-Goltl
joined her sister Olivia in the Top 10 at No. 8 after averaging 20.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots last winter.
Classes C1, C2, D1 and D2 are all represented in this week's Top 10. But that does not mean that returning athletes in Classes A and B did not produce All-State caliber stat lines a year ago.
of North Platte
takes the top spot in the Cornhusker State's largest classification after producing 14.4 points, 0.4 assists, 10.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocked shots as a junior a year ago.
, meanwhile, generated Class B's top returning stat line by throwing down 12.0 points, dishing out 1.0 assists, pulling down 7.0 rebounds, swiping 0.6 enemy balls and swatting 2.7 blocked shots last year as a sophomore.
In order to be considered for this week's Top 10, an athlete had to post an average of at least 10.0 points per game. Then, those athletes were given higher consideration for averages of 3.0 assists, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and/or 1.0 blocked shot.
Nebraska's Top 10 returning girls basketball stat lines
1. Stella Heapy, Medicine Valley (Curtis)
16.8 Points | 3.0 Assists | 7.6 Rebounds | 3.0 Steals | 2.3 Blocked Shots2. Alex Arenas, Wakefield
11.7 Points | 3.1 Assists | 7.8 Rebounds | 4.1 Steals | 0.1 Blocked Shots
3. Olivia Loomis-Goltl, Bridgeport
19.6 Points | 5.6 Assists | 6.1 Rebounds | 3.6 Steals | 0.3 Blocked Shots
4. Callie Ann Cooper, Southern (Wymore)
20.8 Points | 1.1 Assists | 8.6 Rebounds | 4.2 Steals | 0.2 Blocked Shots5. Zaili Benish, Leyton (Dalton)
21.3 Points | 3.3 Assists | 4.6 Rebounds | 5.3 Steals | 0.1 Blocked Shots6. Ann Bose, Southern Valley (Oxford)
18.5 Points | 2.5 Assists | 8.0 Rebounds | 4.6 Steals | 0.7 Blocked Shots7. Caylin Barnett, Southwest (Bartley)
17.8 Points | 2.2 Assists | 10.1 Rebounds | 3.0 Steals | 0.5 Blocked Shots8. Ruthie Loomis-Goltl, Bridgeport
20.0 Points | 1.2 Assists | 7.1 Rebounds | 1.3 Steals | 3.5 Blocked Shots9. Chloe Hanel, Clarkson/Leigh (Clarkson)
18.5 Points | 3.8 Assists | 4.6 Rebounds | 4.4 Steals | 0.9 Blocked Shots10. Madison Abbenhaus, Bloomfield
17.8 Points | 3.2 Assists | 4.4 Rebounds | 6.1 Steals | 0.5 Blocked Shots