ALL AREA GIRLS BASKETBALL 2019
COACH OF THE YEAR: Mike Menchaca, Fulton
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Megan Gandrup, Clinton
Megan Gandrup, Senior, Clinton
The season: Gandrup broke out in scoring for her senior campaign, averaging 14.6 points per game by the end of the season. She went 37-107 from long distance and had 62 assists. She leads the school in career assists and made second team All-MAC.
The last word: “Megan exemplifies the ideals of River Queen Basketball. Her passion for basketball is evident every time she steps on the court whether it’s open gym, practice or games. Megan leads by example and her motivation is contagious to the entire team and coaching staff.” -Clinton coach Stacy Clark
Sadie Zaruba, Senior, Easton Valley
The season: The Tri-Rivers Conference player of the year led the River Hawks in scoring for the second consecutive season, hitting 1,000 career points in the middle of the season after averaging 17.7 points per game. She also had a team-high 70 assists and 194 rebounds, plus 46 blocks and 65 steals.
The last word: “Very heady player. She’s maybe not the most athletic person looking at her. She shocks a lot of coaches. She puts her work in on film and being smarter than other players, not necessarily being faster or stronger than other players.” -Easton Valley coach Joe Kilburg
Emily, Schipper, Junior, Fulton
The season: Schipper was one of the taller figures on a guard-heavy Fulton roster that helped the Steamers make a push to the regional final. She often led the team in scoring and rebounding, using a tall frame and quick post moves to create offense.
The last word: “Emily really started to play well late in the season and finished strong with double doubles in all three regional games.” -Fulton coach Mike Menchaca
Madi Parson, Senior, Camanche
The season: Parson led the team in almost every category. She put up a team high 12.7 points per game, 246 rebounds, 69 assists, 42 assists and 23 blocks. Her spot inside the lane led to a 48 percent field goal percentage and the Elite team in the River Valley Conference.
The last word: “Madi is just the ultimate competitor. Multi-sport athlete and a joy to coach. She had to step up this year and look to score and she did what the team needed.” -Camanche coach Ben Erwin
Anabel Blount, Sophomore, Prince of Peace
The season: Blount was one of the leading scorers for the Irish in her sophomore season, averaging in double digits and putting up huge numbers in the later games this season. She went to the line 153 times, putting in 99 of those. She also had a team high 31 steals and was second in rebounding. She earned first team all-conference.
The last word: “Ana has been a great leader for this group. She is the whole package. Scoring rebounding, defense, inside or outside as well as leading by example on and off the court. She’s a joy to coach.” -POP coach David Nelson
Macy Mulholland, Senior, Clinton
The season: Mulholland was second on the team in scoring this year, and added another 55 assists. Mulholland led the team with 35 steals and went to the line 66 times. She earned honorable mention All-MAC.
The last word: “Macy’s biggest strength is that she’s not afraid of anything. This year we could throw her anywhere on the court on both offense and defense and she’d rise to the occasion. Her versatility made her a key component on our team.” -Clinton coach Stacy Clark
Lilly Isenhour, Freshman, Prince of Peace
The season: Isenhour had quite the freshman year, leading the team in scoring and rebounding, picking up 211 total rebounds this season. She also had 10 blocks this year, and shot nearly 40 percent from the field. Tri-Rivers Conference named her to the second team.
The last word: “Her rebounding and scoring speak for themselves. She gets this game. Lilly has been around basketball her whole life and wants to be better than her siblings. And this isn’t just talk. She is backing it up with effort in practice as well as games.” -POP coach David Nelson
Taylor Veach, Freshman, Central DeWitt
The season: Veach kicked off her prep career with a team-high 13.8 points per game, shooting over 40 percent from long distance and 43 percent from the field altogether. Veach also pulled down the second most boards and led in assists. She was a unanimous pick to the WaMaC first team.
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Claire Abbott, Junior, Northeast
The season: Abbott was one of the leading scorers for the Rebels with her work from the block. She shot 66 percent from the free throw line and even drained four threes this season. She led in rebounds with 120 total and had 30 assists, third on the team. She was named to the RVC North Divisional team thanks to a big junior season for the Rebels.
The last word: “She has been a two year starter for us and a high motor kid that leads by example and always gives it her all. she is a force in the post for us and is someone we lean on when we need a big rebound. Claire is the foundation of our defense and offense and really keeps the team ticking.” -Northeast coach Scott Maddasion
Camaryn Carstensen, Senior, Camanche
The season: One of the Indians’ main ball handlers, Carstensen ended second on the team in scoring, making 45-142 three-point shots. She shot just over 70 percent from the free-throw line and had 44 assists and 39 steals in her senior campaign. She was named to the RVC North Divisional team.
The last word: “She is one of the hardest workers I have coached on the court. She is small but not afraid to mix it up and get after it on defense. Multi-sport athlete, great senior leadership and I’m going to miss her being around the program.” -Camanche coach Ben Erwin
RaeAnn Carlson, Junior, Easton Valley
The season: Carlson averaged just under 10 points per game from her place on the left block, also pulling down 189 total rebounds. She shot 17 percent from the field and 62 percent from the line. She finished with 25 blocks and 26 steals and earned second team all-conference.
The last word: “Her defense has improved about 180 percent. She goes straight up and does a lot of things the right way. W’re trying to stretch her game out to make her more dimensional. She’s going to be an exciting player to watch next year, I think, if she keeps her head to the grindstone.” -Easton Valley coach Joe Kilburg
Maddie Meek, Senior, West Carroll
The season: Meek helped the Thunder get close to a historic season with her work in the post, offering both aggressive defense from the block and points. She earned second team all-conference honors.
The last word: “Maddie is an undersized post who battled every night with grit and determination and is a great role model for our younger players. Not only was she our rim protector, but she did an outstanding job talking and communicating on defense and she possesses the best footwork and post moves from any player I have ever coached.” -West Carroll coach Paul Waitkoss
Rylee Leitzen, Senior, Fulton
The season: Leitzen handled the ball for the majority of the time for the Steamers, really improving her offense this season to become one of the top scorers.
The last word: “Rylee will be missed, she was a stellar shooter for us for four years and we have been through a lot together. I know that will be difficult … she was the senior leader we needed.” -Fulton coach Mike Menchaca
Peyton Tegeler, Senior Morrison
The season: Tegeler attracted the bulk of opposing teams' defensive attention this season but still managed to average a double-double 21 points and 14 rebounds. Tegeler scored her 1,000th point in January and finished with 1,232 total and 917 rebounds over the span of her Fillies career.
The last word: "Our whole team the last two years has revolved around Peyton… for her size, she can handle the ball. She has great post moves - she can take it up and under and put it in." -Morrison coach Kerry Grim
Emma Fowler, Sophomore, Northeast
The season: Fowler was the leading scorer and second leading rebounder. She also had a team-high 11 blocks this season. She shot 37 percent from the field, one of the best on the team, and knocked down 75 percent of her free throws.
The last word: “Fowler has a knack for the ball on the offensive end and finds a way to score in multiple ways. Emma has a great passion for the game and her competitive nature makers her a player you can’t take off the court.” -Northeast coach Scott Maddasion
Hanna Nissen, Senior, Camanche
Molly Chapman, Senior, Clinton
Allison Meadows, Freshman, Central DeWitt
Lauren Wisco, Senior, Central DeWitt
McKenna Sullivan, West Carroll
Kylie Hill, Freshman, West Carroll
Alexis Ehlers, Sophomore, Northeast
Sarah Driscoll, Junior, Easton Valley
Paige Kuehl, Sophomore, Prince of Peace
Isabel Hansen, Sophomore, Prince of Peace
Kylee Sweenie, Junior, Fulton
Haley Bicklehaupt, Senior, Unity Chrisitan