Another big season for the Alexandria girls basketball program was culminated by handing out team awards as the Cardinals honored a 22-5 overall record.
Alexandria was ranked first in the Class AAA Minnesota Basketball News polls for a long period this season. Twenty-win seasons have become repetitive for this program, and this year's group had four All-Central Lakes Conference players in McKenzie Duwenhoegger, Emily Jones, Ella Grove and Kaye Paschka, while Mia McGrane was an honorable-mention selection.
Jones and Grove both shared the Offensive Player of the Year Award for the honors that were voted on by the team. Grove led Alexandria in scoring with 349 points, while Paschka (297), Jones (292), McGrane (238) and Duwenhoegger (201) all put up at least 200 points.
Grove had the top free-throw percentage on the team at 80 percent (60-of-75), while Jones had the top two point field goal (94-of-168, 55 percent) and three-point (17-of-47, 36 percent) field-goal percentages.
McGrane was voted as the Cardinals' Defensive Player of the Year. She had a team-high 84 assists and 88 steals. Duwenhoegger was named the Hardest Worker on the team after leading the team in rebounds with 199 (74 offensive, 125 defensive).
Paschka earned the Playmaker Award for doing a little bit of everything for the Cardinals. The senior guard was second on the team in assists with 83 and steals with 79, while adding 11 blocks to go with her 297 points.
Alayna Strand got the Most Improved Player Award as she provided good depth for this team as a sophomore forward. Senior Nikki Botzet rounded out the team-voted honors by earning the Top-20 Award for her role in helping out the team with a positive attitude on and off the court.
The Cardinals were led by the duo of Wendy Kohler and Julie Wrobel on the sidelines again. Both earned Section 8AAA honors as Kohler was named the Coach of the Year in the section after collecting her 600th-career win this year, and Wrobel was named the Assistant Coach of the Year.
The Cardinals also saw plenty of recognition from the state coaches association. Duwenhoegger was named to the coaches association all-state team, while Jones, Grove and Paschka were all honorable-mention selections. Paschka was also named as a Class AAA all-star game alternate.
The Cardinals added a big season in the classroom, as well. They posted a team GPA of 3.78. Jones, Paschka and Duwenhoegger were all Central Lakes Academic All-Conference as seniors with GPAs between 3.4 and 4.0, while Duwenhoegger, Paschka and Georgia Lussenhop were coaches association academic all state with GPAs of 3.8 or higher.