GC’s Meyers leads NICL West girls’ hoops team

Conference co-champion Grundy Center returned two members to the all-NICL West Division girls’ basketball first team, led by Outstanding Player Sam Meyers.

Meyers gained the conference’s top individual award after leading the NICL West in scoring, averaging 18.6 points per game in league play. Her 18.8 overall scoring average ranks ninth in Class 1A.

Meyers was joined on the all-NICL West first team by teammate and fellow senior Heather Hook. Both were the conference’s only unanimous first-team selections. Hook finished third in conference scoring at 15.9 ppg and was seventh in rebounding (8.1 rpg).

The Grundy Center duo was joined on the first team by first-timers in the other five spots, including two from conference co-champion West Marshall. Senior point guard McKenna Hotopp moved up from the second team for first-team selection this season after averaging 9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in NICL West play, while junior post Jennifer Davis was fifth in conference scoring (14.5) and sixth in rebounding (9).

Davis was one of four players to gain their first all-conference honor with this year’s first-team selection. The other three are seniors.

South Tama’s Kaleigh Sieck finished second in the league’s scoring race, averaging 16.2 points per game in NICL West play.

AGWSR forward Kristen Zacharias was eighth in conference scoring (12.9), while Gladbrook-Reinbeck point guard Emily Snider was fourth in scoring (15.6), tops in steals (71) and fifth in assists (57).

This marked the third all-conference honor of any sort for Meyer, Hook and Hotopp. Meyers was a two-time unanimous first-team selection.

East Marshall head coach Rob Drake was honored as the conference’s Coach of the Year despite the Mustangs’ win-loss record. Drake announced his lung cancer diagnosis to his team after their first game of the season but has braved on through various treatments as East Marshall ended the year 4-18 overall.