Rolbiecki finalist for Miss Basketball
Minneota senior forward Natalee Rolbiecki is one of 13 finalists for the Miss Minnesota Basketball finalists, an annual award given to the top girls basketball player in the state.
Rolbiecki was one of 29 players named to the watch list for the award a few weeks ago. That list was whittled down to 13 finalists and announced at the state basketball tournament on Thursday.
Those 13 players will again be reduced to five finalists, with the winner being named in late April.
Paige Bueckers of Hopkins, the 2020 winner, was named the NCAA Women's College Player of the Year last year as a freshman for the University of Connecticut.
Rolbiecki averaged 15.5 points per game this season for the Vikings, who were the Class A state runners-up this season. Rolbiecki finished her career with 1,647 points, fifth on Minneota's all-time list.
"I was surprised when I was told I made it," Rolbiecki said. "I was honored to be picked for the first list (of 40), but I didn't think I would get picked to the next group."
The 13 finalists are: Amaya Battle of Hopkins, Mara Braun of Wayzata, Ellie Colbeck of Fergus Falls, Taryn Frazer of Cass Lake-Bena, Mallory Hayer of Chaska, Nia Holloway of Eden Prairie, Adeline Kent of Becker, Madison Mathiowetz of Sleepy Eye St. Mary's, Maya Ninaji of Hopkins, Ronnie Porter of St. Paul Como Park, Natalee Rolbiecki of Minneota, Amber Scalia of Stillwater Area, and Mackenzie Schweim of Mankato East.
The original list of 30 players, plus 10 others, will make up four separate teams that will play two games at 1 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. on April 9 and 10 at Holy Angels High School.