South Tama's girls basketball team, which finished fourth out of eight teams in the North Iowa Cedar League West Division, landed three girls on the postseason recognition squad.
The Lady Trojans trio of all-NICL West players were all seniors. They were Kaleigh Sieck, Jade Rohach and Shelby Bradley. Sieck finished second in the league's scoring race, averaging 16.2 points per game in NICL West play. Sieck was the Lady Trojans only first-team nomination.
Rohach nearly averaged a double-double during leagues games with 10.2 points and 9.4 rebounds. Rohach was selected to the second-team all-NICL West.
Bradley was the final Lady Trojan to be honored. She was one of eight players on the honorable mention list.
On the whole season, Sieck averaged 16.8 points 3.86 steals per game for the Lady Trojans, who finished 11-11 (8-6 in NICL West). Rohach averaged 9.7 points and 9.4 rebounds on the whole season. She also recorded 57 blocks, which was second in the NICL West and 11th in Class 3A. Bradley scored 7.64 points and dished 2.86 assists per game.
Conference co-champion Grundy Center returned two members to the all-NICL West Division girls' basketball first team, led by Outstanding Player Sam Meyers.
NICL West Division
Sam Meyers, Grundy Center
Heather Hook, Grundy Center
Jennifer Davis, West Marshall
Kaleigh Sieck, South Tama
McKenna Hotopp, West Marshall
Kristen Zacharias, AGWSR
Emily Snider, Gladbrook-Reinbeck
Whitney Benson, West Marshall
Sydney Beals, West Marshall
Riley Ackerman, Grundy Center
Jade Rohach, South Tama
Kayla Prosser, South Hardin
Jayne Wiarda, AGWSR
Ella Frazier, AGWSR
Madison Fryslie, AGWSR
Olivia Callaway, BCLUW
Ashley Allen, East Marshall
Erin Wentzien, Gladbrook-Reinbeck
Sabrina DeHerrera, South Hardin
Shelby Bradley, South Tama
Rachel Freland, West Marshall
Sam Meyers, Grundy Center
Coach of the Year
Rob Drake, East Marshall
Meyers gained the conference's top individual award after leading the NICL West in scoring, averaging 18.6 points per game in league play. Her 18.8 overall scoring average ranks ninth in Class 1A.
Meyers was joined on the all-NICL West first team by teammate and fellow senior Heather Hook. Both were the conference's only unanimous first-team selections. Hook finished third in conference scoring at 15.9 ppg and was seventh in rebounding (8.1 rpg).
The Grundy Center duo was joined on the first team by first-timers in the other five spots, including two from conference co-champion West Marshall. Senior point guard McKenna Hotopp moved up from the second team for first-team selection this season after averaging 9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in NICL West play, while junior post Jennifer Davis was fifth in conference scoring (14.5) and sixth in rebounding (9).
Davis was one of four players to gain their first all-conference honor with this year's first-team selection. The other three are seniors.
AGWSR forward Kristen Zacharias was eighth in conference scoring (12.9), while Gladbrook-Reinbeck point guard Emily Snider was fourth in scoring (15.6), tops in steals (71) and fifth in assists (57).
This marked the third all-conference honor of any sort for Meyer, Hook and Hotopp. Meyers was a two-time unanimous first-team selection.
East Marshall head coach Rob Drake was honored as the conference's Coach of the Year despite the Mustangs' win-loss record. Drake announced his lung cancer diagnosis to his team after their first game of the season but has braved on through various treatments as East Marshall ended the year 4-18 overall.