GIRLS BASKETBALL: All-Area Second Team
Yellow Medicine East’s Chyanne Sand, a junior forward, had a solid all-around season, averaging 14.8 points (356), 11.8 rebounds (282), 2.3 assists (55) and 5.1 steals (122) per game for the Sting.
“We overcame a lot of adversity when we lost Kelly Anderson (injury) for the year,” YME coach Randy Haakenson said. “By the end of the year, we were competing with some very good basketball teams. And Chyanne was the major contributor for us.”
Lakeview senior center Brianna Hoffman topped the area in two categories this year. Hoffman drained 65 of 79 free throws (.810) and averaged 2.5 blocks (61) a game to lead the Marshall area. Hoffman also averaged 10.7 points (256), 9.8 rebounds (234), 1.7 assists (40) and 2.3 steals (50) per game.
“Brianna nearly averaged a double-double in rebounding and points,” Lakeview coach Mike Imes said. “She led the area in blocked shots and free-throw percentage. She’s a great defender and very athletic.”
Sadie Stelter, a freshman guard, also had a standout season for Lakeview (11-13 overall), contributing an averaging 19.5 points (468), 4.3 rebounds (103), 4.5 assists (109) and 2.8 steals (66) a game this year. Stelter also connected on 112 of 171 baskets at the free-throw line for .655.
“Sadie was in the top five in scoring and very high up in assists and steals,” Imes said. “She already has 554 career points as a freshman. She is a difference maker for our team and after every game, area coaches kept telling me she was very tough to defend.”
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton’s Cassie Hook, a junior guard, was an offensive and defensive threat, leading the Panthers to a 19-7 overall record this year. Hook recorded an average of 15.0 points (389), 2.5 assists (64) and 2.5 steals (66) per game this season. She also shot 87-for-137 (.635) at the line for TMB.
“Cassie had a great all-around year for us as she led our team in points, assists and steals,” TMB coach Derek Ashbaugh said. “She’s a good perimeter defender. Cassie also did a very good job of creating offense for our team.”
Wabasso forward Morgan Frank had a stellar sophomore season, according to Coach Neil Dolan. Frank averaged a double-double, with 10.5 points (281) and 10.8 rebounds (294), in addition to tallying 1.7 assists (47) and 2.1 steals (57) per game.
“Morgan was integral in helping us win a conference championship as well as a sub-section championship,” Dolan said. “She came in right behind Chelsey in rebounding for us and always drew the toughest defensive assignment for us.”
Senior center Ricki Kallhoff provided a solid inside presence for Canby this season, collecting an average 13.6 points (380), 8.2 rebounds (229), 1.4 assists (38), 1.1 steals (31) and 2.0 blocks (57) per game for the Lancers.
“Ricki really settled down and became a good post player for us,” Hansen said. “She leads Canby with the all-time blocks record and she’s the third girl to score over 1,000 points (behind Natalie Giese and Riley Nordgaard).”
Kallhoff also shot 56-for-92 at the line (.609). She’s planning to continue her basketball career next season at the North Dakota School of Science.
“Ricki accepted her role this year, which was to rebound and give us an inside presence,” Hansen said. “She did a great job for us and worked hard to develop that part of her game, especially scoring with her back to the basket.”
Junior forward Emily Stienessen was the top 3-point shooter for Minneota and in the area, sinking 72 baskets from behind the arc.
“The 3-point shot, that’s her thing,” Johnston said. “Emily is really a pure shooter. She’s spent a lot of time playing basketball growing up. She loves it.”
Stienessen also shot .701 at the line and averaged 13.7 points (467), 1.6 assists (54) and 1.3 steals (45) a game for the Vikings.
“One of the things Emily has done a little more of this year is going to the basket,” Johnston said. “We needed that.”
Murray County Central’s
Morgan Behrends, a junior center, led the area in rebounding, averaging a double-double.
“Morgan is a great attribute to our team,” MCC coach Laura Jenson said. “She is extremely dedicated and focused on helping the team be successful. She plays with passion and desire and helps to elevate her teammates to the next level.”
Behrends earned a 13.3 point (279) and 14.3 rebound (301) average this year for the Rebels (10-14 overall).
“Morgan allows us to have a presence inside, which benefits the perimeter players,” Jenson said.