Shiela Browning • LaMoille/Ohio
Season at a glance: The senior guard did a lot of everything for the Lady Lions and she did it well. She was the leading scorer in the area, averaging 14.6 ppg. She also led the Lady Lions in assists (2.8) and steals (3.4).
“We’d play her in the post and then pop her back to guard. She’s so strong. Like at regional, she took over the game,” “ L/O coach Dick Gross said.
The LaMoille senior was an unanimous First Team All-Conference pick in the Little Ten. Browning went over the 1,000 point club for career, finishing with 1,034 to rank second all-time at LaMoille.
Megan Foes • Annawan
Season at a glance: Played an overall game for the Bravettes that the state champions simply couldn’t do without. The senior from Mineral led all Bureau County players in assists (101), steals (148) and field goal shooting (42 percent) while averaging 10.7 ppg. She made 8 threes in one game this year and had nine steals in each game at state.
“Megan has been a two-year captain for me and has really excelled at being a leader of this team. She practiced hard every day and made sure her teammates did the same. She did not care about any personal accolades,” Annawan coach Jason Burkiewicz said.
Foes earned AP All-State 1-2A Honorable Mention honors and was Lincoln Trail First Team All-Conference.
Becca Herrmann • Hall
Season at a glance: The senior center was a guiding force for the Lady Devils with her play on court and her leadership. She was the team’s leading scorer (8.3 ppg) and also pulled down 6.5 rebounds a game.
“Becca was a senior captain and leader for us this year. She never came out of the game unless she was in foul trouble, which didn’t happen often,” Hall coach Josiah Martin said. “She was a leader on the court that always made sure her teammates were in the right spot.”
Herrman was a Second Team All-Conference pick in the Three Rivers South.
Vanessa Martinez • LaMoille/Ohio
Season at a glance: It’s hard to believe the Ohio senior never played the game in high school before, the way she shined this season. She was a difference-maker for the Lady Lions, leading all rebounders with 11.7 average, more than 3 caroms a game higher than any other. Her 11.1 ppg game clip was second only to teammate Shiela Browning.
“She’d never played basketball before. Boy I wished she would have,” Gross said. “She was
always in the right place at the right time. I don’t know how she did it.”
Little Ten coaches took notice, rewarding her with First Team All-Conference honors.
Laura Sickley • St. Bede
Season at a glance: The floor leader for the Lady Bruins, Sickley contributed 2.6 assists per game while leading her team in scoring (9.7 ppg). The senior guard was equally adept from the outside (36 threes) and driving the lane with her trademark floater.
“Laura never came off the floor for us and usually drew the best guard to defend and ran our offense. She is a relentless player who sometime tried to do
it all,” St. Bede coach Tom McGunnigal said.
She received First Team All-Conference honors in the Three Rivers South.
Helena Ósk Árnadóttir • Bureau Valley
Bureau Valley had quite the find from Iceland thanks to the foreign exchange program. She averaged 8.2 ppg, with game highs of 20, 19, and 16 points. She also led the Storm with 55 assists and averaged 1.9 steals.
“She has been a perfect fit for us this season providing us with experience, leadership, defense and ball handling. Without Helena our team would not have been ready to be competitive in games this season.,” BV coach Tiffany Gonigam said.
She was a Second Team All-Conference pick in the Three Rivers North.
Hanna Bima • St. Bede
There were big shoes to fill at the Academy when it came to the center position and the sophomore post filled them well. Bima averaged 8.1 points, 3.6 rebound with 3.5 steals per game.
“For a sophomore being put into the varsity spotlight in an offense that is focused on getting the ball inside, she responded remarkably well. I see bigger and better things for Hanna,” McGunnigal said.
Bima received honorable mention honors in the Three Rivers South.
Ellie Herrmann • Hall
The sister act played well for Hall, with the junior Ellie following Becca’s leader. She averaged 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 71 percent from the free-throw line.
‘She was a best scoring threat on the outside, and also drove to the basket well to get to the free throw line a lot. If we needed a basket, Ellie was our go to player,”Martin said.
The younger Herrmann received honorable mention honors in the Three Rivers South.
Raley Mauck • St. Bede
The senior forward had the ability to take over games with her outside touch, shooting an area-best 34 percent on threes. For the season, she averaged 9.0 points a game.
“Raley was our best perimeter shooter and had some very good games for us in conference,” St. Bede coach Tom McGunnigal said.
Mauck was a Second Team All-Conference pick in the Three Rivers South.
Zoe Mead • Princeton
The athletic senior had some big moments for the Tigresses, topped by her 17-point, 18-rebound effort with two steals and two blocked shots against St. Bede at regional. She averaged 6.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals on the season.
“Zoe could run all day on the floor and used that to her advantage on offense and defense,” PHS coach Kevin Hieronymus said.
Mead received honorable mention honors in the Three Rivers South and was selected to participate in the Illinois Valley All-Star Game.
Nicole Bornsheuer • Bureau Valley
The big girl in the middle made her presence known when she was in the game and out. The senior 6-footer averaged 7.2 points and 8.3 rebounds.
“Nicole is a competitor. Her size causes a lot of problems for other teams and she became a lot stronger rebounder this year. When she was out of the game, our team struggled,” Gonigam said.
She was named as the Storm’ MVP.
Hunter Galassi • Hall
There was no freshmen orientation needed for the Lady Devils rookie. She averaged 5 points per game, but her best asset was her defense, Martin said.
“She was always guarding our opponent’s best player, and often times completely shut them down,” Martin said.
Galassi received honorable mention honors in the Three Rivers South.
Brenna Faletti • Hall
The senior point guard got the Lady Devils into their offense, averaging 3.0 assists per game. She also chipped in 6.3 per game.
“A lot of what Brenna did for us went unnoticed because it doesn’t always show up on a stats sheet. She limited our turnovers as she was our primary ball-handler, and she was a calming presence for our team in close games,” Martin said.
Darcy Kepner • Bureau Valley
The sophomore guard provided the Storm with some much-needed ball-handling this season. She led the Storm in most stats through the first half of the season, finishing with 8.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.8 assists per game.
“She has made a huge impact for our team this year being able to handle the ball and being strong,” Gonigam said. “She is a great finisher and has been a very consistent player for us.
Kepner received honorable mention honors in the Three Rivers North.
Lexie Miranda • St. Bede
The senior from DePue was a steadying force for the Lady Bruins, taking on numerous roles for the Lady Bruins. Miranda had a team-high 74 assists (2.4) in addition to averaging 4.8 points and 3.4 rebounds.
“She led us in assists and that’s testimony to her being an excellent team player and facilitator for our team. I think her leadership was a great example for our younger kids in the program,” McGunnigal said.
Bureau Valley — Carlie Bickett (jr.), Lacey DeVenney (sr.), Val Reuter (jr.).
Hall — Kaylee Golden (sr.), Emily Hoscheid (so.).
Princeton — Taylor Clark (jr.), Danielle Hughes (jr.), Kelly Schmidt (sr.).
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