Gambell, Bartholomew, Scheuermann honored
Three area players were honored on the All-Golden Triangle News Service (GTNS) Small School Girls’ Basketball Team.
Pekin’s Maci Gambell was awarded Co-Most Valuable Player.
Van Buren’s Madison Bartholomew and Taryn Scheuermann also made the prestigious team.
Pekin’s Davis Eidahl was named Coach of the Year.
The others honored on the team were Kelsey Hora, Bailey Stroud, Madysen Wahls and Co-MVP Shania Boyd.
A 5-foot-8 junior forward, Gambell led the Pekin Panthers to a 17-5 overall record. She averaged 19.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest. Gambell shot 43 percent from beyond the arc and 59 percent overall. The unquestioned team leader, Gambell was also an excellent defender, averaging 2.3 steals per game. She made Iowa Girls Coaches Association Class 2A All-State Second Team.
Senior Shania Boyd led the Columbus Wildcats in scoring, averaging 19.1 points per game.
A freshman point guard, Bartholomew was the engine of the Warrior attack, leading Van Buren to a 16-7 record. She averaged 8.2 points, 4.7 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 3.9 steals per contest. More important than any stat, the crafty Bartholomew was a human press-breaker. Then, once the press was broken, her skilled long-distance shooting (37.6 percent beyond the arc) frustrated foes.
The senior from Highland led the Huskies in scoring this year en route to a four-year career total of 1,233. She averaged 18.2 points per game this year.
A 6-foot-3 freshman, Scheuermann was a dominating player for Van Buren, averaging 13.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest. A skilled scorer in the paint, she also drew defenders out by canning 32 percent of her 3-point attempts. Her ability to block shots was the key reason the Warriors were so difficult to score against: Scheuermann averaged nearly six swats per contest.
Bailey Stroud is a Columbus Community senior who averaged 16.6 points per game. She broke the school record for career assists this year with 307.
A most welcome transfer, the New London senior point guard was fifth in Class 1A with 138 assists, and added 10.9 points per game, 70 rebounds and 47 steals to her All-GTNS resume.
The boss of the Panthers led Pekin to an overall record of 17-5 and three rounds deep in the postseason. Having lost four starters from 2015-16, not much was expected from Pekin this year. The Panthers started out 3-3 in 2016-17. Then, under Eidahl’s skilled guidance, the Panthers won 13 contests in a row.
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