Area girls fill all-conference lists
Van Houweling, Haupert, James named first-teamers
It was an interesting year in one way or another for four Jasper County girls basketball teams, and those seasons officially came to an end with the announcement of the Heart of Iowa Conference and South Iowa Cedar League all-conference lists.
A total of 15 girls were given all-conference honors, with three of those being given first team honors to put a positive end to seasons that fell short of the state tournament.
After not only starting, but usually playing nearly the entire game, all five of PCM's starters earned some form of all-conference recognition.
Sophomore Courtney Van Houweling was given the highest honor as a unanimous first-teamer after leading the team in scoring with 12.1 points per game. She also finished second on the team with 110 rebounds (5.5 average) and 66 assists while dealing with a broken nose in the early part of the year.
Landing on the second team were senior Kelsey Townsend and junior Abbi Gilson. Towsend finished third on the team in scoring with 9.8 points per game, but also filled up the stat sheet. She led the team in field goal percentage (48.9), 3-pointers made (26), assists (74), blocks (22) and rebounds (113). Gilson was right beside Townsend in most of those categories. She finished second on the team in scoring at 10.7 per game, second in field goal percentage (48.2) and third in rebounds with 103.
Rounding out the Mustangs’ selections on the honorable mention list were senior Krisha Houseman and junior Lexi Kain. Houseman led the conference and the team’s stout defensive effort with 78 steals on the year (around 3.5 per game), while also averaging 7.7 points per game, which was good for fourth on the team.
Providing most of the hustle plays throughout the season, Kain was also able to fill up the stat sheet. She averaged 5.2 points per game, but was also fourth on the team with 3.1 rebounds per game and 40 steals.
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