GIRLS BASKETBALL: Watseka trio highlights All-SVC team
At the beginning of conference play, everyone is on an equal playing field and battling for that Sangamon Valley Conference championship.
Then about midway through the season, the realization sets in that Watseka simply has too much firepower and depth to hang with.
The Warriors breezed through their competition all the way to a Class 2A sectional final, so it comes as no surprise they landed three players atop the SVC first-team list.
Everything for the Warriors began with Kennedy Bauer. She finished the season as the team’s leading scorer and rebounder at 12.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per night.
She ends her career as the school’s all-time leading rebounder and holds the record for most rebounds in a game as well as being No. 4 all-time in career points.
Defensive specialist Magan Harris earned her first-team spot, but her offensive game really blossomed this season. She finished with averages of 10.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and a team-high 4.1 assists per night.
Rounding out the Warriors on first-team was shooting sniper Mallory Drake. She knocked down 56 3-pointers on the season and finished with a 10.2 scoring average per night alongside 4.2 rebounds.
Dwight faced its fair shares of ups and downs, but it knew it could always rely on the duo of Melissa Stewart and Kayla Kodat to guide the Trojans.
Stewart finished her final season putting up double-doubles left and right, averaging 16.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per night while converting 77 percent of her free throws.
Kodat took over when the ball wasn’t in Stewart’s hands and averaged 11.9 points per game on the season, including a career-high 32 points in a victory against Henry back during the Earlville Christmas Classic.
Although a lot of mystery surrounded Momence, it was a tough contest every single game because of Mya Keen and Brooke Kelly.
Keen finished her last season with 9.5 points, 3.5 steals, 3.1 rebounds and a pair of assists per night.
Kelly’s money was made in the interior with offensive rebounds and putbacks, which she converted at a high rate. She ended the season at 9.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2 steals per night.
Central’s Riley Thompson established herself as its go-to player and was rewarded for her efforts with a first-team selection. She put up 9.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per night for the Comets.
For Cissna Park, it was the typical winning season it has become accustomed to, but Sloan Boyce made her way onto the first team. She finished her final season in Timberwolves colors averaging 12 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals per night.
Joining them on first-team is PBL’s duo of Mackenzie Bruns and Baylee Cosgrove.
Watseka’s Natalie Schroeder earned her spot on the second team in the SVC after averaging 10.6 points per night and knocking down free throws at a 77 percent rate.
Central’s Alexis Waller craved out her second-team spot as well. She finished her season averaging 6.6 points and 5.2 rebounds, which were both second-best on the Comets, along with a team-high 3.6 assists per night.
Joining both of them as second-team selections are Iroquois West’s Shelby Johnson and PBL’s Hannah Schwarz.
Watseka’s Cassie Peters headlines the conference’s honorable mention list.
Joining her is Central’s Caitlin Gerdes, Dwight’s Chloe Butterbrodt, Momence’s Icis Amphy, Cissna Park’s Morgan Kaeb and PBL’s Madi Peden.