Area girls basketball players receive recognition

From Herald Staff Reports

The Pocket Athletic Conference named their 2018 girls basketball all-conference and honorable mention award winners on Monday with seven area players included from Southridge, Forest Park and Heritage Hills.

Forest Park’s Taylor Bayer and Lanette Blume as well as Heritage Hills’ Abby Wahl and Kate Kaetzel were named all-conference while Southridge’s Mady Neukam, Forest Park’s Faith Zazzetti and Heritage Hills’ Kerragan Mulzer were named to the honorable mention roster.

Bayer led the Rangers in scoring this season by averaging 9.9 points per game and has been a major factor on the Forest Park girls basketball team for the past couple of seasons. She achieved a new career-high in points this year when she dropped 27 in a 58-45 win against Tecumseh.

Blume orchestrated the Rangers offense but could score as well, as she averaged 9.1 points per game. Blume will be playing collegiate basketball at Hanover College.

Wahl was the area’s leading scorer among all girls basketball players as she averaged 20.2 points per game and even scored a new career-high this season as she scored 36 points in a 66-57 victory over South Central (Elizabeth).

Wahl also became Heritage Hills’ all-time leading scorer among all basketball players (male or female) passing Tim Denning earlier this season. Wahl will be playing collegiate basketball at Eastern Illinois University.

Kaetzel averaged 7.3 points per game during her senior season and was one of the Patriots most vocal players out on the court, helping lead the team to a record-breaking 14-game winning streak en route to a 17-win season.

Neukam led the Raiders in scoring this season averaging 10.9 points per game including  reaching a new career-high with her 27-point outing in a 55-41 loss to Boonville. Neukam is expected to be one of Southridge’s primary scoring options once again next season.

As a sophomore, Zazzetti averaged 8.2 points per game for the Rangers after starting the season as a reserve player. Once she worked her way into the Forest Park starting lineup, she continued to see increases in both her scoring averages as well as rebounding averages.

Mulzer was one of the scrappiest players for the Patriots as she was often the first to hustle to loose balls and force turnovers on opposing teams. Mulzer will be playing Division I sports but not for basketball — she’ll be attending Western Kentucky University for soccer.

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