Baumann, Greiner selected to all-SEC teams
Name a stat and chances are good Fairfield senior Sidney Baumann ranked atop the Southeast Conference in it this winter.
The senior guard led the conference in scoring with 17.6 points per game, and she also ranked first in the league in assists with nearly 2.7 per contest. Free throws? She hit 71 percent of those. And steals? She led the league in that, too, swiping away 2.6 per game and nabbing 62 overall. Baumann also was second in the league only to Keokuk’s Lakyn Boltz from behind the 3-point line; she made 54 treys at a 32 percent clip.
Altogether, her towering season stat line helped her earn a spot on the all-SEC first team this winter. A first-time first-teamer, Baumann follows in the footsteps of former teammate and graduate Serena Ward, who was a first team all-conference selection in 2011 and 2012. Baumann was selected to the second team last year as a junior.
The 5-foot-7 point guard ended up third in all of Class 4A with 423 points, and she reached double figures in scoring in 20 of 24 games. She also set new school records for both 3-pointers in a game, hitting eight vs. Pella, and in a season.
“What a way for her to end her career. She had some unbelievable games,” said Fairfield head coach Mick Flattery. “I always say that good point guards get everyone involved, and Sidney was like that. Sidney was unselfish and able to get all her teammates involved.”
“She was my vote for Player of the Year,” Flattery added.
The Trojans — and especially Baumann — saved their best for last. After playing to a 9-12 regular season mark and 3-5 record in the Southeast Conference, they reeled off two straight upsets in the postseason, avenging regular season losses to rivals Mount Pleasant and Oskaloosa. Baumann scored 51 points in the two regional victories.
The Trojans’ feel-good season came to an end one game short of the “Big Dance,” as they fell to No. 3-ranked Benton 60-33 in the Class 4A Region 5 final, but it was the closest the Trojans had come to qualifying in seven years. Prior to this season, the Trojans hadn’t even earned a postseason win since 2007.
Baumann also was selected to the Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association’s Class 4A all-Southeast District Team as well as its all-star game scheduled April 6 at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.
Baumann was joined by Keokuk’s Boltz and Rachel Dunlap, Washington’s Lauren Kimball and Mount Pleasant’s Kelsi Phipps and Taryne Shull on the first team all-conference squad. Dunlap and Kimball were named co-players of the year in the conference.
While Baumann took over the lead role on the team this winter, junior teammate Hanna Greiner also had a major hand in Fairfield’s success and received second team all-SEC accolades for her work.
Greiner, a 5-foot-10 forward, ranked seventh in Class 4A in rebounding with 8.8 per game, and she led the SEC with 56 blocked shots. The Fairfield junior finished the year with seven double-doubles, and her 10 blocks vs. Washington on Dec. 7 set a single-game school record.
“In my opinion, if there was a Defensive Player of the Year award in the conference it would go to her. She was just so valuable for us,” Flattery said.
And as good as Greiner was on the defensive end, one could argue she was just as valuable with the ball in her hands. Although she averaged 1.4 points as a sophomore, she emerged as a scoring threat this winter to supply 8.8 points per game.
Five additional Trojans — seniors Brittany Kurtz and Miranda Metcalf and juniors Sydney Burnett, McKenna Ledger and Marisa Repp — were named all-conference honorable mention.
Repp, a 5-foot-7 guard, averaged 7.9 points, 2.5 steals and 2.2 assists per game. She also finished fourth in the SEC in rebounding with 113 and hit double digits in scoring eight times. Kurtz averaged 3.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while fighting back from a pair of injuries, and Metcalf contributed 1.8 points and 4.3 boards per contest as the team’s “unsung hero.” Flattery called Burnett the “Energizer Bunny off the bench” and Ledger a “great backup post player for us.”
“This team has been through some tough times, and especially the seniors, but anytime you can say you’re playing for the regional championship you probably had a good year,” Flattery noted. “No one believed in them at the start of the year. No one believed but them.”