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HELENA — Four local Class AA girls basketball players were selected to the 2018 all-state team, consisting of two-time state champion Helena High's Kamden Hilborn and Jamie Pickens, and Taylor Sullivan and Sydney Sheridan of fourth-place Capital High.

Hilborn, a 5-foot-7 senior guard, earned her third all-state selection. She is Helena's first three-time all-state hoopster in 15 years, since Amy Brooks last turned the trick from 2001-03.

Hilborn led the state with 5.5 assists and 4.7 steals a game, and was ranked No. 9 with a 10.7 points scoring average. She finished as Helena's season steals record-holder with 99 swipes, breaking Amy Mouat's 1990 mark of 95.

Hilborn now owns eight all-state citations with one more season to go; three each in basketball and track and field, and two in soccer.

Pickens, a 6-2 senior post, garnered her second all-state citation, while sitting atop the state's leader-board with 12.6 rebounds a game, and rated No. 2 at 15.6 ppg and 68 free throws made. She was also third with 48 blocked shots.

Pickens, who posted 19 double-doubles in 24 games, broke two 33-year old school season rebounding records this season. Pickens speared 285 boards for an 11.9 average, eclipsing Kari Kockler's 1985 records of 276 and 11.0.

Hilborn and Pickens were selected last weekend's state tournament's co-MVPs, as well.

Sullivan, a 6-3 senior post, also collected her second all-state award, while breaking her own Capital season and career blocks marks. She upped the season record to 67 stops, while lifting the school's lifetime standard to 147 blocked shots

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Sullivan scored 10.1 ppg and led the AA with a 53-percent field goal accuracy, while ranking No. 8 in in rebounding at 6.8 boards a game.

Sheridan, a 5-8 junior guard, averaged 9.2 points, and was No. 7 in the state at 2.8 assists per game. She also led the AA in free-throw accuracy at 79.4-percent (50 of 63) and was third in steals with 61 pilfers.

Two local boys were selected second team all-conference, including Capital's Bridger Grovom, and Connor Murgel of Helena, who averaged 10 and 12 points, respectively.

CHS' Kacie Gross was tabbed on the girls' honorable mention all-conference team.

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