Winona Daily News All-Area Girls Basketball Team

April 6, 2019

The Winona Daily News All-Area Girls Basketball Team represents the top 10 standout girls basketball players in the Winona Area as selected by WDN sports editor Adam Watts based on recommendations by area coaches.

Here is the All-Area team:

EMILEE BURINGA, jr., St. Charles: An All-Three Rivers conference player, the versatile junior nearly averaged double-double. Averaged 10.4 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

EMMA GEIWITZ, so., Houston: A great defender who always guarded the opposing team’s best scorer and averaged 4.9 steals per game. Finished the season with 131 steals. An all-South East Conference selection, averaged 18.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. Shot 44 percent from the field.

MEGAN MORGAN, fr., Cotter: The Ramblers’ best defensive player, caught fire offensively in the playoffs as she developed her game. Scored 19, 14, and 19 in a three-game stretch through the playoffs in wins against Zumbrota-Mazeppa and Lake City and a close loss to Caledonia in the section final. Has an incredibly bright future after putting together a standout season as a freshman.

ISABEL NORTHROP, sr., Cotter: The second-leading scorer for the Ramblers and an experienced senior leader for a Cotter team that came up just short in the Section 1AA Championship against a Caledonia squad that made it to the Class AA championship game. Played strong defense against opposing posts in the playoffs despite giving up size to most of them with her 5-8 frame.

ISABELLE OSTREM, sr., Cochrane-Fountain City: A senior post selected to the All-Dairyland Conference second team twice. Nearly averaged a double-double with 13 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Finished her career as the school’s all-time leader in field goal percentage, making 59 percent of her field goals. Also an academic standout with a 4.0 GPA.

ALYSSA ROSTAD, sr., Houston: A hard-working leader for the Hurricanes, led the team to their only two winning seasons in program history with a 22-5 record last year and a 16-11 mark this year. Filled the stat sheet with 19.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.2 steals, and 2.7 assists per game. Shot 44 percent from the field, 43 percent from 3, and 81 percent from the free throw line. Finished her career with 1,756 points, 779 rebounds, 281 steals, 229 assists, and 241 3-pointers.

JORDAN RUBIE, jr., Cotter: A great two-way player for a Cotter team that could score and create havoc defensively. Led the Ramblers in both scoring and steals — a feat on a deep team with a number of scorers that turned the ball over often.

MYIA RUZEK, jr., Lewiston-Altura: An incredible scorer, averaged 20.6 points per game for a total of 556 in her junior season. Has already scored 1,434 points in her career. Also tough on the glass, grabbing 234 rebounds. Had games with 38 and 37 points. Was an All-Three Rivers Conference selection and an academic all-conference selection.

MEGAN SHANAHAN, sr., St. Charles: A lights out shooter who made nine 3-pointers in a single game twice this season and totaled 77 3s for the year shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc. Scored 370 points in the season and grabbed 104 defensive rebounds. A leader for the Saints, voted team captain.

LEXI WAGNER, sr., Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau: The Winona Daily News Girls Basketball Player of the Year two years in a row, led the Red Hawks all the way to the state semifinal game. Finished as G-E-T’s all-time leading scorer with 1,894 points, breaking a record previously held by her brother. Averaged 21.3 points per game while shooting 49.6 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from 3. Committed to play college basketball at Division I Youngstown State in the Horizon League.

Honorable Mention: Phoenix Matthees, so., Winona; Mary Morgan, jr., Cotter; Emily Rivers, sr., C-FC; Lindsey Root, so., St. Charles; Becca Rostad, so., Houston; Elie Welch, sr., St. Charles; Brittin Winter, sr., Winona.