TRI-CITY AREA — From game one until the final contest, these athletes proved forces to be reckoned with.

Here is look at the 2023-24 edition of the Tri-City Times All-Area girls’ basketball team and the numbers they generated on the way to those honors:

Dakota Deel, Dryden.

Deel amassed 274 points in 21 games, paving the way to a Tri-City Area best output of 13.0 points per contest during the 2023-24 campaign.

This was her first year on Dryden’s varsity.

The 5-6 forward completed her senior season as an All-North Central Thumb League Stars Division first team selection.

She will continue her playing days with Oakland Community College next season.

Keira Miller, Dryden.

Miller managed 252 points over 23 contests, an average of 11 points per game, this winter.

That left her second on the Dryden ballclub and among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees.

This was her third season on Dryden’s varsity.

The 5-4 junior guard finished the season as an All-North Central Thumb League Stars Division first team choice.

Alexis Bruyere, Imlay City.

Bruyere supplied 218 points in 21 games, good for an average of 10.4 points per contest, during the 2023-24 campaign.

That placed her first on the Imlay City ballclub and third out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status.

The 5-7 freshman guard also provided Imlay City with 68 rebounds and 32 assists.

She finished her initial campaign on Imlay City’s varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention pick.

Lexa Forti, Imlay City.

Forti provided 225 points over 23 contests, an average of 9.9 points per game, this winter.

That left her second on the Imlay City ballclub and fourth among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees.

The 5-8 senior guard/forward also contributed 121 rebounds, 83 steals and 66 assists to Imlay City’s cause.

This was her third season on Imlay City’s varsity.

Forti wrapped up the season as an All-Blue Water Area Conference second team selection.

Jesse Kautz, Almont.

Kautz collected 158 points in 22 games, good for an average of 7.2 points per contest, during the 2023-24 campaign.

That placed her first on the Almont ballclub and sixth out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status.

The 5-9 senior guard also provided Almont with 85 rebounds, 62 steals and 21 assists.

This was her second season on Almont’s varsity.

Kautz finished the campaign as an All-Blue Water Area Conference second team choice.

Brie Hund, Imlay City.

Hund generated 186 points over 23 contests, an average of 8.2 points per game, this winter.

That left her third on the Imlay City ballclub and fifth among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees.

The 5-7 junior forward also contributed 160 rebounds, 60 assists and 40 steals.

This was her second season on Imlay City’s varsity.

Hund wrapped up the season as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention pick.

Lydia LaCavera, Almont.

LaCavera amassed 125 points in 21 games, good for an average of 6.0 points per contest, during the 2023-24 campaign.

That placed her second on the Almont ballclub and seventh out of those who attained Tri-City Times All-Area first team status.

The 5-10 senior guard/forward also provided Almont with 140 rebounds, 43 steals and 27 assists.

This was her third season on Almont’ varsity.

LaCavera concluded the campaign as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention selection.

Ava Panduren, Almont.

Panduren wound up with 102 points over 21 contests, an average of 4.9 points per game, this winter.

That left her third on the Almont ballclub and eighth among Tri-City Times All-Area first team honorees.

The 5-6 senior guard also contributed 52 rebounds, 49 steals and 47 assists.

This was her third season on Almont’s varsity.

Panduren wrapped up the season as an All-Blue Water Area Conference Defensive team choice.

Second team– Olivia Reynolds, Dryden; Sophia Peter, Dryden; Delaney Wolle, Dryden; Chloe Schocke, Capac; Rachael Johnson, Almont; Allison Williams, Almont.

Honorable mention– Brandi Zimmer, Almont; Natalia Radisavljevic, Almont; Addison Cameron, Imlay City; Alexa Lengemann, Imlay City; Nolynn Allen, Capac; and Madelynn Dudley, Capac.

Coach of the Year– For directing his team to a 15-8 overall mark, including a 7-3 North Central Thumb League Stars Division showing (good for a share of second place with Deckerville), Dryden Coach Marcus Leija
earns Tri-City Times All-Area Coach of the Year accolades.

Kevin Kissane

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.