2019 All-Western Iowa girls basketball: Record-setting players pushed teams to new heights

2019 All-Western Iowa girls basketball: Record-setting players pushed teams to new heights
Konnor Sudmann is Treynor’s career leader in points (1,488) and ended with 367 assists and 378 rebounds. She averaged 17.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.4 steals this season. JOE SHEARER/FOR THE WORLD-HERALD

When the game hung in the balance, their coaches wanted these three with the ball in their hands.

That’s because seniors Logan Hughes of Shenandoah, Konnor Sudmann of Treynor and Emilee Danner of Ar-We-Va usually made something good happen.

For their abilities to elevate their teams, Hughes (Class 5-A/4-A/3-A), Sudmann (2-A) and Danner (1-A) are the honorary captains of The World-Herald’s All-Western Iowa girls basketball teams.

The 5-foot-9 Hughes, an NCAA Division II Missouri Western recruit, ends her career as the most decorated player in Shenandoah history. She’s the school’s career leader in points (1,769), and ended second in steals (164), third in rebounds (753) and third in assists (239). This season, she averaged 24.6 points and 11.2 rebounds while shooting 49.7 percent from the field and 37.2 percent (42 of 113) from 3-point range for the 14-10 Fillies.

The 5-9 Sudmann, who will play at NAIA Briar Cliff, led the 26-1 Cardinals to the Class 2-A state championship with numerous clutch performances. Her 23-footer with 2:25 left in the state quarterfinal pushed the lead to four in a nine-point win. She added a career-high 34 points in the semifinals, and totaled 17 points and six rebounds in a 48-30 championship-game win over No. 1 Grundy Center. She was named captain of the all-tournament team. Sudmann is Treynor’s career leader in points (1,488) and ended with 367 assists and 378 rebounds. She averaged 17.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.4 steals this season.

The 5-10 Danner, who will continue her career at NAIA Northwestern in Orange City, finished with 1,429 points (third in school history), despite missing all but three games of her sophomore season to injury. She ranks first in school history in career 3-pointers (163) and blocks (135), and second in assists (288) and steals (387). This year, she averaged 21.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 5.1 steals for the 15-8 Rockets.

Hughes and Sudmann join Sidney junior Maddy Duncan (2-A) as three-time, first-team All-WI performers. Danner joins Treynor senior Kayla Chapman (2-A) as repeat first-team choices.

CAM senior Madison Gettler is on the first team in 1-A for a second straight year, after making the second unit as a sophomore, while Denison-Schleswig senior Alex Mohr (5-A/4-A/3-A) is on an All-WI team for a third time.

Three more make the move from last year’s second team to their respective first team: Logan-Magnolia junior Kylie Morrison and Council Bluffs St. Albert senior Bailey White in 2-A, along with CAM senior Paige McAfee in 1-A. Creston senior Brielle Baker and Red Oak junior Sophie Walker are on the large-school second team for a second straight season.

The All-Western Iowa teams were chosen by a vote of area coaches, observations of World-Herald staff writers and a look at season statistics.

Class 5-A/4-A/3-A

First team

* Logan Hughes, Shenandoah

5-9, senior, 24.6 ppg

Nyamer Diew, Sioux City East

6-1, junior, 15.5

Kenzie Foley, Sergeant Bluff-Luton

6-0, junior, 18.2

Ella Skinner, Sioux City Heelan

6-0, junior, 17.5

Megan Witte, CB Lewis Central

6-1, junior, 17.2

Second team

Brielle Baker, Creston

5-8, senior, 15.3

Alex Mohr, Denison-Schleswig

5-3, senior, 10.0

Elle Scarborough, Glenwood

5-9, sophomore, 14.5

Allison Schubert, CB Thomas Jefferson

5-6, junior, 14.7

Sophie Walker, Red Oak

5-11, junior, 13.9

Class 2-A

First team

* Konnor Sudmann, Treynor

5-9, senior, 17.0

Kayla Chapman, Treynor

5-10, senior, 15.2

Maddy Duncan, Sidney

5-6, junior, 18.7

Kylie Morrison, Logan-Magnolia

5-7, junior, 18.5

Bailey White, CB St. Albert

5-8, senior, 13.7

Second team

Alexa Ahrenholtz, IKM-Manning

5-8, sophomore, 15.0

Gabby Cadwell, IKM-Manning

5-10, senior, 13.3

Jentry Schafer, Southwest Valley

6-1, junior, 13.4

Kinsey Scheffler, AHSTW

5-10, junior, 11.7

Morgan Shuey, Southwest Valley

5-7, senior, 11.2

Class 1-A

First team

* Emilee Danner, Ar-We-Va

5-10, senior, 21.4

Madison Gettler, CAM

5-8, senior, 19.5

Tatum Grubbs, Exira-EHK

5-5, sophomore, 14.5

Paige McAfee, CAM

5-7, senior, 13.3

Aleah Hermensen, Audubon

5-8, freshman, 15.7

Second team

Brittney Beebe, Griswold

5-10, senior, 15.3

Katelyn Neilsen, Boyer Valley

5-2, sophomore, 11.2

Paige Oldenkamp, Bedford

5-10, senior, 10.8

TJ Stoaks, Lenox

5-7, sophomore, 13.5

Hannah Whitver, Glidden-Ralston

5-8, junior, 11.7

* — denotes honorary captain

Honorable mentions

Class 5-A/4-A/3-A

Paige Andersen, Denison-Schleswig; Brooklyn Baake, Carroll Kuemper; Madison Camden, Glenwood; Ella Collison, Carroll; Bricelyn Comstock, Sioux City West; Roxy Denton, Shenandoah; Hailee Enoch, Sioux City North; Delaney Esterling, CB Lewis Central; Kelsey Fields, Creston; Sarah Heilesen, Denison-Schleswig; Chloe Johnson, Red Oak; Kennedy McCloy, Sioux City East; Taylor Mohr, Carroll; Hannah Neemann, Denison-Schleswiig; Jillian Shanks, CB Abraham Lincoln; Katelyn Stanley, Sioux City Heelan; Lucy Turner, CB Abraham Lincoln; LaTeah Willie, CB Thomas Jefferson; Abby Wisecup, Sergeant Bluff-Luton.

Class 2-A

Marissa Anderson, Tri-Center; Teagan Blackburn, CB St. Albert; Lilly Dahir, Tri-Center; Claire Denning, AHSTW; Claire Harris, AHSTW; Sydni Huisman, Treynor; Lexi Lander, West Monona; Violet Lapke, Logan-Magnolia; Mallory McCall, West Monona; Camryn McClintock, Sidney; Emily Recher, CB St. Albert; Emilie Thompson, Logan-Magnolia; Caitlyn Ward, Sidney.

Class 1-A

Jocelyn Amos, Griswold; Samantha Brown, Glidden-Ralston; Bella Dingus, CB Heartland Christian; Kaelynn Driskell, Fremont-Mills; Macy Emgarten, Exira-EHK; Chelsey Fundermann, Boyer Valley; Alex Knop, East Mills; Jessalee Neihart, South Page; Hope Ogletree, Stanton; Hailey Ryerson, Woodbine; Kami Tibben, Stanton.

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