Royals trio awarded all-district selection

The Iowa Girls Coaches Association released its all-district teams on Wednesday afternoon and several area athletes were honored.

Leading the way with three entries was state tournament-bound Colo-NESCO, while Grundy Center and West Marshall each had two representatives. Other schools also included were Meskawki Settlement School and South Tama County.

The Royals will play in their seventh state tournament as Colo-NESCO after finishing with a 23-2 record this season. Landing on the Class 1A North Central District Team was senior Madison Eley, junior Caitlyn Riese and sophomore Shayla Dean.

Eley leads the team in scoring at 13.2 points per game and also grabs 6.4 rpg from her small forward position. Eley, who missed most of last season with a torn ACL, also has 89 steals and 89 assists this season.

Riese is the Royals’ go-to player in the post after scoring 11.4 points per game this year. She also leads the team in rebounds per game at nearly seven. Dean scores eight points per game but is the floor general for the Royals. She pulls down 3.4 rpg and has a team-high 120 assists. Dean also is second in Class 1A with 161 steals.

Grundy Center, West Marshall and Meskwaki Settlement School were all one game away from clinching a spot at the state tournament.

Samantha Meyers and Heather Hook both landed on the Class 1A Northeast District Team, while junior Jenn Davis and sophomore Rachel Freland both earned spots on the Class 2A Central District Team. Senior Dia Keahna of Meskwaki Settlement was included with Hook and Meyers on the 1A Northeast District Team.

Keahna tops all of 1A averaging 21 points per game and also had 112 assists and 110 steals while leading the Warriors to a 20-5 record.

Meyers was fifth in Class 1A at 18.8 points per game and also grabbed 8.6 rpg and blocked 20 shots. Her senior teammate and best friend Hook scored 14.3 points per game, dished out 75 assists and collected 7.1 rpg for the Spartans, who finished 20-4 this season. Grundy Center coach Al Jones also was named Northeast District Coach of the Year.

Freland was the leading scorer for West Marshall at 14 points per game and she also dished out 93 assists in helping the Trojans finish 20-4. Davis was not far behind in scoring at 13.6 points per game but also nearly averaged 10 rebounds per game.

Earning a spot on the Class 3A Northeast District Team was South Tama County senior Kaleigh Sieck. The Trojans finished 11-11 this season but Sieck scored a team-high 16.8 points per game and grabbed four rebounds from her guard position. She also had 85 steals. Sieck’s 16.8 points per game was good for eighth in Class 3A this year.

The Iowa Girls State Basketball Tournament will take place next week at Wells Fargo Arena. The Royals will kick off their state-tournament run against Notre Dame High School on Monday beginning at 1:30 p.m.