Two Wildcats named to all-conference team

Jasper sophomore Claire Knies joined fellow underclassman Brooke Nottingham as the two Jasper representatives on the Big Eight all-conference girls basketball team. Knies aveaged 9.1 points per game.

From Herald Staff Reports


Two Jasper girls basketball players were named to the Big Eight all-conference team.

Sophomores Claire Knies and Brooke Nottingham were named to the roster after solid sophomore seasons which saw both of them average over nine points a game.

Knies, who averaged 9.1 points per game in her sophomore campaign, was one of Jasper’s primary scoring options as well as one of the team’s leading rebounders during this season.

She was also one of the most vocal members of the Jasper girls basketball team as she was often heard shouting out instructions to fellow teammates and directing them on where to go on certain plays.

Nottingham, who finished the season averaging 12.6 points per game, was the area’s second leading scorer among all girls basketball players trailing only Heritage Hills’ senior standout Abby Wahl (20.2 ppg).

Nottingham and Knies both made an impact for the Wildcats last season as freshmen playing under coach Ryan Erny and saw their roles increase even more as sophomores under new head coach Jessica Mehringer.

Along with Knies, Meredith Hilgefort, Riley Merder, Reagan Egbert and Isabelle Blazey, Nottingham is a member of a standout sophomore class that will look to lead the Wildcats to some extended runs for the next couple of seasons.

Rounding out the Big Eight all-conference team was Vincennes Lincoln’s Alison Hein, Darrian Carmean and Abi Haynes, Mount Carmel’s Kylie Applebey, Princeton’s Kiare Young and Hannah Sisk and Washington’s Hannah Shrieves and Sara Lewis.

Vincennes Lincoln won the Big Eight conference with a perfect 6-0 record while Washington and Jasper finished 4-2, Mount Carmel finished 3-3, Princeton and Mount Vernon were 2-4 and Boonville finished 0-6 in conference play.

Jasper finished the 2017-18 season with an overall record of 11-10 and ended their season with an overtime loss to Evansville Harrison in the sectional.

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