Marissa Warren

Marissa Warren of Incarnate Word Academy is the 2019 St. Louis American Player of the Year. The 5-foot-8 senior point guard led the Red Knights to their third consecutive Class 4 state championship.

The members of the 2019 St. Louis American “Fab Five” Girls All-Star Basketball team represent a diverse group of talented players with different skill sets. You have a dynamic point guard in Edwardsville’s Quierra Love in the front and a dominant post player in Parkway Central’s Jayla Kelly inside. In between, there is the versatile trio of Madison Buford of Lutheran North, Marissa Warren of Incarnate Word Academy and Je’Naiya Davis of Parkway North, who can get it done in a variety of ways. These talented young ladies also brought a lot of victories to their respective schools.

Here is a look at the members of the 2019 St. Louis American “Fab Five” Girls All-Star Basketball First Team

Madison Buford (Lutheran North) – The 5’9” senior guard led Lutheran North to its most successful season ever as it finished with 26 wins and a berth in the Class 3 state championship game. Buford averaged 15.9 points and 8.7 rebounds to lead the Crusaders in both categories. She scored a game-high 29 points in the Crusaders’ victory over Licking in the state semifinals, a game in which she scored 20 consecutive points in the second half.

Madison Buford

Je’Naiya Davis (Parkway North) – One of the most talented bucket-getters in the state of Missouri, the 5’9” senior guard capped off an excellent career by leading the Vikings to a district championship and a berth in the Class 4 state quarterfinals. As a senior, Davis averaged 21.4 points and 9.4 rebounds while also setting the school’s single season scoring record in the process.

Je'Naiya Davis

Jayla Kelly (Parkway Central) – The 6’3” junior forward was a pillar of strength in the low post as she led the Colts to their first-ever Final Four appearance in the Class 5 state tournament. For the season, Kelly averaged 12.4 points and 11.8 rebounds a game as the Colts finished third in the state tournament. She will return next season as one of the state’s top recruiting prospects in the Class of 2020.

Jayla Kelly

Quierra Love (Edwardsville) – The 5’4” dynamic junior point guard was the floor general and leader on a Tigers team that won 30 games and advanced to the IHSA Class 4A Super-Sectionals. Love averaged 11 points a game and also a team-high 4.2 assists and 3.1 steals a game. She also had the habit of hitting big shots in clutch situations for the Tigers.

Quierra Love

Marissa Warren (Incarnate Word Academy) – The 2019 St. Louis American Player of the Year, the 5’8” senior point guard led the Red Knights to their third consecutive Class 4 state championships.

Marissa Warren

St. Louis American Fab Five Girls Basketball All-Star Teams

First Team

Madison Buford 5’9” Lutheran North (Sr.)

Je’Naiya Davis 5’9” Parkway North (Sr.)

Jayla Kelly 6’3” Parkway Central  (Jr.)

Quierra Love 5’4” Edwardsville (Jr.)

Marissa Warren 5’8” Incarnate Word Academy (Sr.)

Second Team

Yani Curry 5’9” Francis Howell Central (Sr.)

Bryce Dowell 5’7” Belleville East (Sr.)

Daisha Seltzer 5’9” Miller Career Academy (Sr.)

Tajah Foster-Walker 6’1” Whitfield (Sr.)

DeAnna Wilson 6’2” Cardinal Ritter (Sr.)

Third Team

Jessica Brooks 5’10” MICDS (Jr.)

Kaylynn Hayden 5’9” Lutheran North (Sr.)

Jasmine Manuel 6’3” Summit (Jr.)

Nariyah Simmons 5’6” Hazelwood Central (Soph)

Olivia Stephens 5’9” Parkway Central (Sr.)

Fourth Team

Marshaun Bostic 5’8” Gateway STEM (Soph)

Jade Moore 5’6” Whitfield (Jr.)

Jordan Peete 5’6” Ladue (Jr.)

Vanessa Polk 6’2” John Burroughs (Fr.)

Jaylen Townsend 5’9” Edwardsville (Sr.)

Austin Achievement Awards

Player of the Year: Marissa Warren (Incarnate Word Academy)

Freshman of the Year: Vanessa Polk (John Burroughs) and Zaire Harrell (MICDS)

Team of the Year: Incarnate Word Academy

St. Louis American Sports Director

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