Brown, a versatile guard-forward, was one of the main reasons that the Panthers advanced to the Class 6A championship game on March 12 at Koch Arena.
She averaged a team-high 15 points and 9.6 rebounds, and also averaged 3.6 assists and one block a game.
During the summer of 2021, the Panthers coach Jodie Karsak moved to Kansas City with her family. Yet the Panthers reloaded just like they do year after year, this time with coach Dan Harrison, who had been an assistant for Karsak.
“There wasn’t much of a difference between Karsak and Harrison because he kept a lot of our stuff the same. We put in a new offense and that was the only big adjustment for us,” Brown said.
Brown continued to rack up the personal accolades as she took home AVCTL I league MVP and was named to the Sports In Kansas All-Classes Girls Top 5 team.
On March 16, she announced her commitment to Iowa State. The junior said that she was “relieved” when she committed to Iowa State and that now she truly can focus more on “myself and my goals.”
“Iowa State stood out in a lot of ways to me,” Brown said. “The family culture is a big thing that pulled me in, and they have a great fan base. The coaching staff is great and I know that they are going to find a way to win and that’s something I want to be a part of.”
After making it to the state championship game, the Panthers were not able to get over the hump and lost to Washburn Rural. But with five of their six main players coming back next year, Brown and the Panthers will look to get back to competing for a 6A title.
Brown admits that she still has more to accomplish for high school despite already being committed to play at the next level.
“My plans for next season are to continue to develop as a player and start preparing for college, but I really want to go out winning a state championship,” Brown said.