Grubb snags a spot on all-HOIC 2nd team

Friest, Moss named honorable mention

South Hamilton senior forward Marla Grubb (33) puts up a jumper over a gaggle of Gilbert defenders during a game in Gilbert this season. After leading the Hawks in scoring at 12.9 points per game, Grubb was recently honored as a second-team all-Heart of Iowa Conference selection. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

WEBSTER CITY — South Hamilton’s most successful girls’ basketball season in the last six years culminated in a trio of all-Heart of Iowa Conference honors from the league’s coaches.

Following a 9-15 campaign and fifth place finish in the HOIC, the Hawks picked up a second-team all-conference honor for senior forward Marla Grubb. Honorable mention accolades went to junior forward Sydney Friest and senior guard Anna Moss.

Nevada, North Polk and Roland-Story all shared the conference championship, and accordingly they earned the lion’s share of the first-team slots. The Cubs were represented by seniors Lexy Koudelka and Hattie Rhodes, the Comets by freshman Maggie Phipps and sophomore Jaedon Murphy, and the Norsemen by sisters Jenna Clark, a senior, and Juliann Clark, a sophomore.

The remainder of the first team included sophomore Regan Freland of PCM and senior Sarah Hinners of Gilbert.

Koudelka, a four-time all-HOIC selection and Illinois State commit, led the league in scoring at 23.9 points per game. Freland (19.1) and Phipps (15.9) ranked second and third.

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Of North Polk’s six all-conference selections, five will return next season. The Comets reached the Class 3A semifinal round at the state tournament last week.

Grubb led South Hamilton in scoring at 12.9 points per game while shooting 41 percent from the floor. Her average of 7.7 rebounds per outing was third-best in the conference behind Koudelka (14.1) and Hinners (10.4).

Friest wasn’t far behind, as she averaged 7.2 rebounds for South Hamilton and her 172 total caroms were a team-high. She also averaged 7.7 points per contest.

Moss pitched in 5.6 points a night and her 21 3-point baskets was tops on the team. She was arguably the Hawks best defender as well and ranked third in the league with 69 steals.

All-HOIC Teams

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Girls Basketball

First Team — Lexy Koudelka, sr, Nevada; Hattie Rhodes, sr, Nevada; Maggie Phipps, fr, North Polk; Jaedon Murphy, soph, North Polk; Jenna Clark, sr, Roland-Story; Juliann Clark, soph, Roland-Story; Sarah Hinners, sr, Gilbert; Regan Freland, soph, PCM.

Second Team — Marla Grubb, sr, South Hamilton; Kacie Rewerts, soph, Nevada; Katie Scott, jr, North Polk; Katie Brown, jr, North Polk; Madison Friest, sr, Roland-Story; Lilli Baird, fr, PCM; Laurin Lyons, sr, Greene County; Katie Schmidt, sr, Saydel.

Honorable Mention

South Hamilton — Sydney Friest, jr; Anna Moss, sr.

Nevada — Riley Mailey, jr; Amanda Fortmann, jr.

North Polk — Becca Ley, sr; Carolyn Steffen, jr.

Roland-Story — Susie Weaver, jr; Madeline Morton, fr.

Gilbert — Kenzie Miller, sr; Emma Bulman, fr.

PCM — Camryn Wignall, jr; Morgan Uhlenhopp, jr.

Greene County — Samantha Hardaway, sr; Izzy Bravard, soph.

Saydel — Hannah Bowman, sr; Jayda Tolentino, sr.