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Southeast Conference announces girls’ basketball honors

By Justin Webster | Mar 05, 2018

The Southeast Conference released it’s all-conference teams and academic all-conference teams and champion Fairfield is well represented.

 

SEC standings

Fairfield 7 - 1

Keokuk 6 - 2

Mt. Pleasant 5 - 3

Washington 2 - 6

Ft. Madison 0 - 8

 

Amber Nicole Buch

Player of the year/first team selection

Buch finished her Trojan career, as she hoped, playing in the state tournament, and on the way to leading Fairfield to their first trip to Des Moines in 28 years collected her third consecutive Player of the Year award.

The senior led all conference scorers with 466 points, an average of 20.3 points per game and 108 more points than any other player in the league. She was also effienct, shooting 44.3 percent from the field, third best in the conference of players who took more than 100 shots.

Buch scored all over the court, leading the SEC in three-pointers made, while shooting 40.3 from the perimeter and also free throws attempted, FT’s made, and FT percentage getting to the charity stripe 142 times and converting 81.7 percent of the time.

Buch also led all SEC girls’ in assists with 90 and steals with 85.

 

Shay Drish

first team selection

The younger edition of the sisters’ Drish scored 271 points in her breakout season, good for 11.8 ppg which was fifth in SEC play. Shay was also a high-percentage option regardless of floor location, shooting 42.7 percent from the field which was also fifth in the league, and she made the second most threes in the conference behind Buch while shooting nearly 41 percent from the outside.

The sophomore also attacked the basket well, getting to the charity stripe 100 times during the season.

Shay was also fourth in assists with 62, second in steals with 81, and eleventh in total rebounds with 94.

 

Ashley Bloomquist

second team selection

She may have been third on the Trojans in scoring with 165 points or 7.2 ppg, but all-area student-athlete and team bulldog Bloomquist was seventh of all SEC scorers. Ashley was also seventh in assists with 43, and fifth in total rebounds with 111 or 4.8 rpg.

 

Kara Jeffrey

second team selection

Another standout athlete playing her second-best sport, Jeffrey scored 129 points for the Trojans state tournament team, good for 5.6 ppg. At 56-114, the junior shot nealy 50 percent from the field and on the rare 11 occasions she stepped outside the perimeter to shoot, she converted 55 percent of the time.

Sharing is also a strength Jeffrey brings from volleyball, dishing 40 assists which was eighth among SEC players.

Defensively, she made 40 steals for 10th in the league, while leading all players in blocks with 27 and coming in fourth in total rebounds with 133, or 5.8 a game.

 

Ashtyn Drish

honorable mention

If Buch is the engine that drives the Trojans, the elder Drish Ashtyn, is the spark-plug that sent Fairfield to Des Moines for the first time in 28 seasons to compete in the state tournament.

Drish scored 110 points for 5.0 ppg, made 23 assists, grabbed 37 steals and blocked four shots. She also was 10th in total rebounds with 97, good for 4.4 per game.

 

Malory Jones

honorable mention

Another Trojan post that helps pace the Fairfield defense is Jones who totaled 99 boards on the year which was ninth in the league.

She also had 18 steals, 16 assists and five blocks this season while averaging 4.9 ppg after scoring 113 points.

 

Destiny Gridley

honorable mention

Another sophomore with a bright future, Gridley’s season stat line includes 46 rebounds, 23 steals, 12 assists, six blocks and 92 points scored.

 

Academic all-conference selections

Fairfield:

Ashley Bloomquist

Nicole Buch

Ashtyn Drish

Jillian Dunlap

Kara Jeffrey

Malory Jones

Madison Kraemer

Graham Kuehl (MGR)

Ella Pollet (MGR)

 

The team finished the season 21-5 after losing to state-champion Marion in the Class 4A quarterfinals at Wells Fargo Arena.

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