Local players highlight all-conference teams

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Jasper's Claire Knies and Forest Park's Macie Zink were both selected to their respective all-conference girls basketball. Knies was joined by Jasper teammates Brooke Nottingham and Kortney Ruhe on the Big Eight all-conference squad while Zink was joined by Faith Zazzetti on the PAC all-conference team. Southridge's Mady Neukam and Myah Montgomery along with Heritage Hills' Rebekah Gordon, Hadley Lytton and Avery Neff all also received PAC honors. Madison Cave and Jazlyn Sander both received recognition in the Blue Chip conference.

From Herald Staff Reports

Several local girls basketball players were selected for the Big Eight and Pocket Athletic all-conference basketball teams.

Jasper’s Kortney Ruhe, Brooke Nottingham and Claire Knies were Big Eight all-conference selections while Southridge’s Myah Montgomery, Forest Park’s Macie Zink and Faith Zazzetti and Heritage Hills’ Rebekah Gordon and Hadley Lytton were PAC all-conference selections. Southridge’s Mady Neukam and Heritage Hills’ Avery Neff were PAC honorable mention selections.

Ruhe led the Wildcats with 12.8 points per game and had several big games including a 34-point outpouring in a conference victory over Boonville.

Nottingham was Jasper’s deadliest shooter from downtown as she knocked down 37 three-pointers during the season and averaged 11.1 points per game.

Knies averaged 8.5 points per game and also consistently recorded double-doubles with points and rebounds.

Montgomery had an incredible freshman season as she averaged 16 points a game and lit up the scoreboard with 38 points in a 54-50 overtime victory over PAC foe Pike Central.

Neukam averaged 9.9 points per game for the Raiders and was one of Southridge’s most consistent scorers during her four-year tenure with the team.

Zink averaged 12.3 points per game for Forest Park and reached a new career-high when she scored 29 points in a home victory over Evansville Central.

Zazzetti continued to grab rebounds at a tremendous rate for the Rangers and also averaged 9.3 points per game.

Gordon was the area’s leading scorer with 16.5 points per game as she continued to improve on her tremendous freshman season by showing her strengths with a strong sophomore year.

Lytton made an impact for the Patriots right away as a freshman as she averaged 9.6 points per game and knocked down a team-high 28 three-pointers.

Neff was also a deadly shooter from behind the arc for Heritage Hills as she finished with 20 three-pointers while averaging 6.3 points per game.

Cave was the Jeeps leading scorer as she averaged 13.5 points per game during her first year as a starter for Northeast Dubois. Her 44 made three-pointers were also the highest among any area girls basketball player.

While Sander only averaged 4.3 points per game, she often directed the Jeeps offense as she was Northeast Dubois' primary point guard for the majority of the season. 

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