Krieser, Adderson all-state in basketball

For Mackenzie Krieser and Kylee Adderson, basketball is not their primary sport. Nonetheless, both St. Mary's senior athletes were recently selected to the Class 3A all-state girls basketball team.

Krieser, a three-time all-state player in soccer, was a first-team basketball pick, while Adderson, an all-state first teamer in volleyball, garnered a second-team selection. Both were chosen to the state basketball all-tournament team.

Krieser is headed to the University of San Francisco on a soccer scholarship and Adderson will be playing volleyball at George Fox next year.

Krieser, a 5-foot-8 wing, played on three straight state tournament teams for the Crusaders but wasn't a starter until her senior season. The 5-foot-8 wing averaged 15 points a game.

"(Krieser's) strengths were primarily defensive," said St. Mary's former coach Rick Jackson, who resigned following this season. "This year she improved her shooting and turned into a scorer.

"There was no question she really got us going on the front of our press," added Jackson. "She could either get a steal and take it to the rim or someone else would get the steal and she could finish."

Adderson started on four straight league championship teams and played in four consecutive state tournaments This year the 5-10 post averaged just under 15 points, led the team in blocked shots and was second in rebounding. She was second at the state tournament in scoring with a 16-point average.

Adderson possessed a combination of size, speed and aggressiveness for the Crusaders, who finished sixth at state after placing second at the 2A level the year before.

"As a post, she was our defensive stopper," said Jackson. "This year she was a lot more aggressive in looking to score and really made people guard her which opened up our outside shooting."

Adderson was a first-team all-league selection her final two seasons and was a second-team choice her freshman and sophomore years.

State champion Vale's Amy Delong and Jason Johnson were honored as state Class 3A player of the year and coach of the year, respectively.

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