Charger, Panther girls fill LEC team
Brandon-Evansville and Parkers Prairie were both well represented on the All-Little Eight Conference girls' basketball team that was recently announced.
All five Charger starters made the team in Jenna Meissner, Megan Strese, Heather Strese, Katie Boesl and Megan Boesl. Meissner is the only senior of that group. Her loss is a big one, but four returning all-conference players should bode well for Brandon-Evansville next season.
Head coach Dick Simpson was also recognized for his role in leading the Chargers to a 24-3 record. Simpson was named the LEC Coach of the Year.
The Player of the Year Award went to the Panthers' Sari Noga. Noga averaged almost 30 points and 13 rebounds a game. That was the top scoring average through March and the sixth highest rebounding average in Class A.
Krista Alberts joined Noga on the all-conference team. She played a big role in helping Parkers Prairie to a second-place finish in the LEC. Kaylee and Madison Dorn were recognized as honorable mention all-conference performers for Parkers Prairie, as well.
Ashby forward Amanda Johnson was the lone representative on the Arrows this season.
The Chargers, Panthers and Arrows finished first, second and third in the LEC, respectively. Both the Chargers and the Panthers finished in the top 10 in the Class A rankings. Brandon-Evansville is ranked No. 5 in the latest polls with Parkers Prairie sitting at No. 7.
The problem is they played in a section with two other teams ranked in the top 10. The Panthers upended sixth ranked Hancock to get to the subsection finals this season. That is where they met up with the Chargers for the third time.
Brandon-Evansville overcame a six-point deficit in the second half to take the subsection title. The Chargers then fell to second ranked and defending Class A champion Ada-Borup in the Section 6A finals.
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE - Jenna Meissner, Megan Strese, Katie Boesl, Megan Boesl, Heather Strese
PARKERS PRAIRIE - Sari Noga, Krista Alberts
BATTLE LAKE - Chelsea Colton, Carley Nelson, Lindsey Nelson
UNDERWOOD - Aann Bjorklund, Ellen Ferry
ASHBY - Amanda Johnson
HILLCREST LUTHERAN ACADEMY - Taylor Brue
ROTHSAY - Stacey Raatz
CONFERENCE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER - Sari Noga
COACH OF THE YEAR - Dick Simpson, Brandon-Evansville
PARKERS PRAIRIE - Kaylee Dorn, Madison Dorn
UNDERWOOD - Hannah Rocholl
HILLCREST - Hilary Ouse
ROTHSAY - Hillary Johnson