Hoversten lands a spot on all-NCC second team

WEBSTER CITY – Following an 8-15 season that included a 5-9 mark and sixth-place finish in the North Central Conference, the Webster City girls’ basketball team saw two of its own land on the all-conference teams.

Voted on by the eight league coaches, the all-NCC squads were announced late last week.

A three-year starter and now two-time all-conference selection, WCHS senior guard Gabbi Hoversten was named to the second team. Classmate Cassidy Bultena, also a starter since her sophomore season, earned third-team recognition.

The first-team was comprised of six players, five of whom were unanimous selections. Named on every ballot were Hampton-Dumont backcourt mates Jordan Prantner and Jessica Speake, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows guard Maddie Disney, Clear Lake guard Emily Snelling and Algona forward Carly Seely. Humboldt guard Avery Terwilliger scooped up the final spot on the top squad.

Snelling and Terwilliger are the only first-team selections who will return next season.

Prantner, a sharpshooter who helped lead Hampton-Dumont to back-to-back conference titles, led the NCC in scoring at 18.5 points per game. Snelling (17.1), Disney (16.5), Terwilliger (14.4) and Seely (12.7) rounded out the top five.

One of the more versatile players on the WCHS roster, Hoversten was asked to wear many hats throughout her prep career and that continued during her senior season. She led the Lynx in scoring (8.2 per game), assists (2.6) and steals (2.0), and she also ranked third in rebounding (5.6).

Bultena played both on the perimeter and inside the paint when teams went to a zone defense against WCHS. She averaged 7.8 points and 6.0 rebounds an outing.

The Lynx had their best season under fourth-year head coach Nicole Muhlenbruch. The campaign included victories over both Clear Lake and Algona, teams WCHS hadn’t beaten in a number years.