With two freshman players selected, Nodaway Valley is one of three teams with two first-team selections on the Pride of Iowa all-conferene girls basketball list.
The youthful first team includes only two seniors — post player Madison Walston from Bedford’s state tournament team and Mount Ayr’s Paige Daughton.
Among the underclassmen on the top unit are Nodaway Valley ninth-graders Paige McElfish and Josie Clarke.
Bedford’s other first-teamer is sophomore shooting guard Fallyn Beemer.
Named to the first team from Central Decatur are juniors Hallie Linhart and Lydia Martin.
Others on the first team are junior Nicole Shutt of Martensdale-St. Marys and Pleasantville junior Kennedy Core.
Area players on the second team include the Mount Ayr duo of Brook Rychnovsky and Tess Shields, Southwest Valley’s Sydney Maynes, Josie Carter of Nodaway Valley, Bedford guard Emily Weed and Brittany Malone of East Union, whose senior season was cut short by a knee injury.
McElfish had a strong debut season for the NV Wolverines, averaging a double-double at a team-high 15.5 points and 10.7 rebounds. She also collected nearly three steals per game. Clarke ended her freshman campaign averaging 11.2 points and 8.6 rebounds. She also had 68 blocked shots.
Mount Ayr’s versatile Daughton finished her career contributing in many ways for the Raiderettes, averaging 8.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.2 steals.
Beemer was Bedford’s leading scorer at 14.9 points and made 67 3-pointers in a state-high 242 attempts. She also had 100 steals and averaged 2.0 assists. Walston was the inside force for the Lady Bulldogs, grabbing 7.7 rebounds per game while scoring 11.4 points.
Unanimous selections were CD’s Linhart (17.9 points), Interstate 35’s Gracey Griglione (13.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 6.1 blocks) and M-SM’s Shutt (10.7 points, 5.9 rebounds).
East Union’s Malone had a 27-point game and posted several double-doubles before being sidelined by injury in January. Against Nodaway Valley she had 17 points and 17 rebounds.
Carter, a junior at Nodaway Valley, averaged 7.5 points while shooting 43 percent from behind the 3-point arc. She also averaged 3.0 assists.
For Mount Ayr, Shields nearly averaged a double-double at 8.2 points and 7.8 rebounds. Rychnovsky provided 5.3 points and 2.7 steals.
Southwest Valley’s Maynes was also a versatile player in her senior season, averaging 9.7 points and 7.7 rebounds along with 2.7 steals.
Weed was a backcourt catalyst for Bedford’s state tournament drive, providing 8.4 points, 37 steals, 2.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds. She made 20 of 85 shots from 3-point range.
PRIDE OF IOWA CONFERENCE
(* — Unanimous)
First team — Madison Walston, Bedford, Sr.; Fallyn Beemer, Bedford, So.; *Hallie Linhart, Central Decatur, Jr.; Lydia Martin, Central Decatur, Jr.; *Gracey Griglione, Interstate 35, Fr.; Slye Richardson, Interstate 35; *Nicole Shutt, Martensdale-St. Marys, Jr.; Paige Daughton, Mount Ayr, Sr.; Paige McElfish, Nodaway Valley, Fr.; Josie Clarke Nodaway Valley, Fr.; Kennedy Core, Pleasantville, Jr.
Second team — Haley Seuferer, Southeast Warren, Sr.; Emily Weed, Bedford, So.; Kate Havens, Central Decatur, Sr.; Brittany Malone, East Union, Sr.; Riley Morris, Interstate 35, Fr.; Emily Murphy, Martensdale-St. Marys, Jr.; Riley Dunn, Martensdale-St. Marys, Sr.; Brook Rychnovsky, Mount Ayr, Sr.; Tess Shields, Mount Ayr, Fr.; Josie Carter, Nodaway Valley, Jr.; Trisha Kunze, Pleasantville, So.; Raelyn Meling, Southeast Warren, Jr.; Sydney Maynes, Southwest Valley, Sr.; Emily Bellon, Wayne, Sr.; Breanna Fortune, Wayne, Sr.