Brandywine’s Abdullah, Eddies’ Dixon All-State

Published 9:17 am Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Brandywine freshman Zakiyyah Abdullah and Edwardsburg senior Savannah Dixon were named to the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Best of the Best team, which was released recently.

Edwardsburg sophomore Kaitlyn Zarycki was an honorable mention pick.

Dixon, who surpassed the 1,000 point plateau for her career this past season, averaged 12.7 points per game, 2.5 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.8 assists.

She was a second team selection on the All-Leader Publications girls basketball team as well.

Abdullah helped lead Brandywine to the Class C district championship this season by averaging 17.3 points per game, 4.6 assists 3.4 steals and 3.1 rebounds. She was a first-team selection on the All-Leader Publications team.

“Zakiyyah had a fantastic freshman season while leading our team to a district championship,” said Brandywine coach Josh Hood. “She plays beyond her years and makes everyone around her better. With her fantastic work ethic and desire to get better she has the potential of being one of the best players our program and area has ever seen.

“She was named all-state on all four teams (AP, BCAM, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press) which is a huge accomplishment as a freshman. Most important, Zakiyyah is a great kid and student who represents our school and program with class. The future is bright for the Brandywine Lady Cats.”

Zarycki, also a first-team All-Leader Publications pick, averaged 15.3 points per game, 5.9 rebounds. 3.4 steals and 2.5 assists for the Eddies, who finished the season 19-3.

“Dixon has been a four-year starter for us who can score a lot of points,” said Edwardsburg coach Jon Pobuda. “This season, she really elevated her game and became a more complete all around player. She was able to score and defend. She became the first female player in Edwardsburg to score 1,000 points for her career. Savannah is a top caliber player who we will miss and will be tough to replace.

“Zarycki is a special talent. She is solid on both ends of the floor and she makes her teammates better. Kaitlyn is one of the most naturally gifted players I have coached and I am very grateful to have her back for two more years. She can do everything.”