PONCA – A few days after a pair of Lewis & Clark Conference girls basketball teams made it to championship Saturday, individuals were highlighted as All-Conference or honorable mention.
According to a release from conference officials Monday late afternoon, Girls basketball leaders went to senior Kaci Day of Ponca in the East Division; senior Katelyn Heine of Wynot in the Central Division and sophomore Maycee Zimmerer of Creighton in the West Division.
Freshman Ashlyn Kingsbury of Ponca joined Day with East Division All-Conference honors while seniors Maggie McGill and Bree Gill as well as junior Alyssa Crosgrove were tallied honorable mention. #4 Ponca finished runner-up in Class C2 state tournament following a 41-37 loss to the defending champions of #3 Hastings St. Cecilia this past Saturday.
Sophomore Jordyn Carr of Wakefield-Allen earned East Division All-Conference honors while teammates sophomore Aishah Valenzuela and freshman Alex Arenas earned honorable mention.
Sophomore Kinsey Hall of LCC took home East Division All-Conference honors with seniors Makayla Forsberg and Delaney Ehlers finishing honorable mention.
Other East Division All-Conference individuals were seniors Hannah Harris and Kate Baker of Homer as well as junior Keisha Snyder and senior Jayla Price of Winnebago.
The only other Lewis & Clark Conference girls team to make state was #4 Wynot who won the Class D2 bracket by defeating #2 Humphrey St. Francis, 59-51 this past weekend. Wynot placed three individuals on the Central Division All-Conference Team of seniors Shalee Planer, Karley Hemies and Katelyn Heine. Wynot also had five individuals tabbed honorable mention.
Junior Kati Topp and senior Andi Bargstadt of Winside were listed Central Division All-Conference while sophomore McKenna Russell earned honorable mention.
Other Central Division All-Conference individuals came from senior Abbe Morten and junior Kayden Jueden of Hartington-Newcastle and junior Ava Springer of Walthill.
Junior Jaiden Taylor of Randolph was named West Division All-Conference. Other West Division individuals were junior Morgan Kleinschmit and senior Esther Nelson of Wausa, sophomore Alexandra Eisenhauer and senior Bree Eisenhauer of Bloomfield, sophomores Kiera Moes and Macy Ashcoff of Osmond and Zimmerer of Creighton.
The Wynot girls basketball team also won Lewis & Clark conference tourney over Ponca, 53-50 on February 10.
East Division Honorable Mention:
-Morgan McGill 12 Ponca
-Alyssa Crosgrove 11 Ponca
-Bree Gill 12 Ponca
-Natasha Deal 11 Winnebago
-Madeline Cleveland 11 Winnebago
-Makayla Forsberg 12 L-C-C
-Delaney Ehlers 12 L-C-C
-Addison Mackling 12 E-H
-Aishah Valenzuela 10 W-A
-Alex Arenas 9 W-A
Central Division Honorable Mention:
-Michaela Lange 12 Wynot
-Kaitlyn Heimes 12 Wynot
-Noelle Wieseler 12 Wynot
-Autum Lawson 11 Wynot
-Whitney Hochstein 12 Wynot
-McKenna Russell 10 Winside
-Alivia Morten 9 H/N
-Navih Moniz Morris 11 Walthill
-Beyatae Parker 12 Walthill
West Division Honorable Mention:
-Charlize Wilmes 12 Creighton
-Carissa Wacker 12 Plainview
-Peace Akinnigbagbe 10 Plainview