A strong year of girls basketball in the county resulted in five local players earning first team all-conference honors.
However, Hart, Shelby and Hesperia each put at least one player on their league first teams thanks to some outstanding individual efforts.
For the Pirates, who finished second in the league, Jayd Hovey and Nicole Rockwell each picked up the honor.
Hovey averaged 15 points per game and filled the stat sheet with three rebounds, three assists and three steals per night as well. She also unofficially averaged three deflections per game on defense. Rockwell contributed 10 points and five rebounds per game, as well as 2.5 steals a night. Both were key parts of another district championship for the Pirates..
For Shelby, Kendall Zoulek and Lexi Schultz each reached the first team. Zoulek led the Tigers with 15 points and 9.5 rebounds per game and was a constant force on the inside.
“Kendall scored over 300 points this season, and she is our go-to girl when we need a bucket or a big rebound,” Shelby coach Sarah Wolting said. “She is a leader on the floor and off the floor and she is able to score inside and outside.”
Schultz put in 12 points and averaged 5.6 rebounds per game. She was just as effective on defense, if not more so, averaging 2.8 steals per game.
“Lexi is quick and a good defender,” Wolting said. “She handled the ball for us and was our go-to if we needed to get a tip or steal.”
Hesperia’s Emily Bayle was the fifth all-league player in the county, in the Central State Activities Association Silver. Bayle put up incredible numbers all season long as the Panthers’ clear top scoring option. While the Panthers came out on the short end of a February match-up with Morley-Stanwood, it was Bayle’s most overwhelming statistical night of the year, as she went for 25 points and 22 rebounds.
A pair of players earned honorable mention in their conferences. Hart’s Kendall Williamson, despite missing over half the season with a knee injury, scored the honor. She averaged seven points and 6.5 rebounds per game, but her biggest contributions came on defense. Hart noticed it when she went out; coach Travis Rosema said the team allowed 30.4 points per game when Williamson played, and 41.4 points per game without her.
Hesperia’s Rachel Romero also earned honorable mention, in the CSAA Silver. Romero played strong defense inside all season for Hesperia, and was a capable scorer when called upon.