Girls basketball awards: Cardinals recognize athletes after season of growth

Alexandria girls basketball recognizes season of growth with young roster.

Hadley Thul
Alexandria freshman forward Hadley Thul puts up a shot against Willmar on Dec. 7, 2021. Thul earned the Cardinals' Offensive Player of the Year Award after averaging more than 16 points per game. She shot 37.1% from three and 50.2% from two while leading the team with 424 total points.<br/>
Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press

ALEXANDRIA — The Alexandria girls basketball team put together another double-digit win season with an almost entirely new varsity roster from last winter and had plenty of honors to show for it.

Freshman Hadley Thul was voted as the team’s offensive player of the year, while sophomore Elle Heydt and junior Ella Steussy were voted co-defensive players of the year.

Thul was a Coaches Association All-State Honorable Mention player as a freshman after scoring more than 16 points per game this season on 50.2% shooting from two and 37.1% shooting from three. Thul scored 424 total points and also led the team in rebounds with 185, blocks with 20 and was second on the team in deflections with 36.

Steussy led the team in free throw percentage at 77.8 percent. Freshman Allie Haabala led the team in steals with 57 and deflections with 37, and had the third-most points on the team with 233. Freshman guard MaCee Linow had 245 points.

Linow and Haabala were All-Central Lakes Conference honorable mentions, while Thul and freshman Chloe Scholl were All-CLC selections. Scholl was the team’s second-leading rebounder with 156. She led the team in offensive rebounds with 65, and also scored 194 points.


Thul and Linow each won the CLC Player of the Week Award as well.

Senior Lillian Thul earned the Top 20 Award for her positive role on the team. Sophomore Kaia Emter was voted as the team’s most improved player.

The Cardinals were well represented in the classroom awards. The Cardinals had three Academic All-Conference players (GPA of 3.4+), seniors Lilly Thul, Carlie Wolf and Tessa McGrane. Wolf and McGrane were Coaches Association Academic All-State student-athletes with a GPA north of 3.8.

McGrane scored the fifth-most points on the team this season with 126.

Alexandria earned a varsity Gold Academic Team Award with a cumulative GPA of 3.78. The Cardinals had 15 total MSHSL Spotlight on Scholarship Academic Achievement winners, 13 gold and two silver.

Alexandria finished the season with a 12-14 record (5-3 Section 8AAA, 6-8 CLC) and will return nine varsity letter winners next season.

CLC ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM - Lillian Thul, Tessa McGrane, Carlie WolfMSHSL SPOTLIGHT ON SCHOLARSHIP ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS - GOLD - Chloe Scholl, Morgan Jones, Michelle Nieland, Carlie Wolf, Elle Heydt, Alison Krasky, Lydia Oldenkamp, Hadley Thul, Ella Steussy, Tessa McGrane, MaCee Linow, Kaia Emter, Allie Haabala; SILVER - Lillian Thul, Camree MillerCOACHES ASSOCIATION ACADEMIC ALL-STATE (3.8 GPA seniors) - Carlie Wolf, Tessa McGraneJV TEAM-VOTED HONORS - OFFENSIVE POY - Lauren Beyer; DEFENSIVE POY - Camree Miller; MOST IMPROVED - Kate Hennessy; TOP 20 - Carlie Wolf

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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