High school girls basketball: Fremont sharpshooter Shelbee Molen fires her way to 2014 Deseret News Ms. Basketball award

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  • collegehoopsfan denver, CO
    March 26, 2014 7:56 p.m.

    Wow! It's crazy how people feel the need to sit and bicker about these things. I am sure Shelbee is a great player (haven't gotten to watch her) and I know that Haley Bodnar is a great player as well. Haley Bodnar received the Gatorade POY award and good for Shelbee to receive this one. I feel both are the best in Utah! Good luck to both of them as they move to the next level. And as far as BYU & Purdue they are both great programs. Just because BYU & Purdue's records are a little different doesn't mean anything. Have you taken into account the strength of there preseason schedules as well as there conference? Purdue plays in the Big 10 BYU in the WCC. Congrats to BYU for making it to the sweet 16 & I have found that Purdue has been there numerous times (I've done my research) and this is the first time in a while that they haven't. It seems to me that both programs are headed in the right direction. Anyways both girls deserve much success!

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    March 26, 2014 12:12 p.m.

    It's interesting that both the girl and guy recognized as the best high school basketball players in the state this year have both committed to go to BYU.
    Congratulations to Shelbee. We all wish you continued sucess... both on and off the basketball court.

  • JIM-M-BYU Ogden, UT
    March 26, 2014 12:08 p.m.

    @Zona Zone

    Shelbee Molen is the best pure shooter in the state of UTAH. She had 72 3 point shots made during the season. One of them being a buzzer beater that proved to be a share of the region title.

    In addition to those 72 3 pointers she was being DOUBLE TEAMED all season long.

    I could make a list of accomplishments that this girl has piled up and why she deserves this award but I don't think that is needed. These writers that give these awards out look at every deserving player and I am sure they have good reason (other than just what university they committed to) on why she deserved the award over another player.

    Congrats on a player that obviously put in the time to be the BEST and is now reaping those rewards.

    March 26, 2014 12:00 p.m.

    She is an amazing athlete and person from what I have read. She has great parents who are very grounded and have taught her the fundamentals. Both were great athletes in high school.
    The whole family is wunderbar! Hope they have success in New York. It will be a great experience and will really benefit the state.

  • California Cougar Anaheim, CA
    March 26, 2014 10:43 a.m.

    @Zona Zone

    "...Purdue (a far better program than BYU)..." Which would explain why the Boilermakers (after beating a 13 seed) were eliminated in the second round of the NCAA's by Oklahoma State (a 5 seed) and why the Cougars (after beating 5 seed NC State and 4 seed Nebraska) are in the sweet 16? Not sure Purdue is a FAR better program.

    While Haley is an outstanding player, who led her team to the 3-A title, so is Shelbee,who led her team to the 5-A title. Oh, yeah, and the invite to that little tournament in NYC. Again, not sure that Haley is the "hands-down" best player in the state.

    Congrats to both girls on stellar seasons, and continued success going forward.

  • cvc1228 Morgan, UT
    March 25, 2014 11:28 p.m.

    Haley Bodnar is a nice player, but I'm not even sure she's the best player on her own team, let alone in the state. She is a fine team player, and has the one thing you can't coach- being 6'3". However, having seen her play now on several occasions, she needs more work on strength and conditioning, and her shooting needs work as well.

    As far as Purdue "having a much better program" than BYU... statistically that doesn't hold up either. BYU is 28-6. Purdue 22-9. BYU is in Sweet 16. Purdue is at home. Just sayin.'

  • Zona Zone Mesa, AZ
    March 25, 2014 10:16 p.m.

    Does James Edward even know who Haley Bodnar is? She is the best player in the state, signed to play at Purdue (a far better program than BYU), the backbone of Desert Hills. She should've been Ms. Basketball; instead, the DesNews doesn't even give her State MVP. Wow! What an oversight!

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    March 25, 2014 9:18 p.m.

    Another great young lady coming to BYU basketball! The women's team looks to be really good for the next couple of years, especially if they can find a suitable replacement for Jen Hamson. She does have a "little" sister I believe.