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SEISC All-Conference girls basketball
Winfield-Mt. Union’s Buffington named Player of the Year
The Southeast Iowa Super Conference girls saw a lot of success this season.
Players from around the SEISC North and South Divisions showed out, with one team making a trip to the state tournament.
That team was the Wolves of Winfield-Mt. Union, who also happen to lead the Union area with five All-Conference selections.
WACO followed with three, while Highland and Columbus each had two named to first and second-team. Pekin has one second-team honor as well as Hillcrest Academy.
In the South Divison, Van Buren County’s Ivy Davison was the Union’s lone selection with a first team distinction.
Every school has two honorable mention selections.
WMU also had this year’s Player of the Year in senior Bradie Buffington, who was a force in the paint for WMU.
Buffington led the Wolves in scoring with 14 points per game, fourth best in the league, shooting with a 47.7% clip while also pulling down 8.2 boards and notching 2.3 blocks, a SEISC North second-best, as well as 2.1 assists.
Joining Buffington on this years list is fellow senior Melina Oepping.
Oepping did a little bit of everything finishing second in points per game at 13.2, while shooting 53.7% from the field, an SEISC North best. She also led the Wolves in rebounds at nine a contest, which was second-best in the league. She averaged three steals a night as well.
The third and final Wolves to grace the first-team is senior Keetyn Townsley, who was WMU’s main point guard through the season.
Townsley averaged 9.5 points a night, while also showing off her defensive prowess with a team-high 3.5 steals.
Townsley shot well from the outside as well to say the least, finishing with a 51.7% from deep to lead the league.
On second-team for the Wolves is senior Keely Malone and sophomore Josie Nelson.
Malone tallied 8.5 points on the season, while dishing out a team-high and conference second-best 4.5 assists.
Nelson finished averaging 3.7 points and three rebounds a night.
Representing the Wolves on the honorable mention list was senior Anna Anderson and sophomore Mariana Piper.
For WACO, seniors Ellah Kissell and Grace Coble represent on first-team.
Kissell finished the year averaging 22.2 points a game, the highest in the North Division, while pulling down 6.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, along with 3.7 steals as well, the second most in the North.
Coble added 11 points for the Warriors, while averaging 8.6 rebounds, third-best in the conference, 2.4 assists and 2.4 steals. She shot a team-best 49.6% from the field.
On second-team, is senior Katie Leichty. Leichty ended the season averaging 6.7 points a game, along with seven rebounds. She shot an efficient 45.8% from the field. She also led the North in free throw percentage at 71.9%.
Juniors Emma Wagler and Marie Farmer earn the honorable mentions for WACO.
Highland junior Sarah Burton is the Huskies lone first-team pick.
Burton averaged a double on the season, tallying 16.4 points a night, third best in the North, while grabbing a conference-best 12.3 rebounds. She also averaged 3.8 steals and 2.5 blocks a game, both of which topped the league. She posted a 53.1% field goal percentage as well, second-best in the conference.
The Huskies second-team selection is senior Katelyn Waters.
Waters averaged 4.9 points, a conference best 5.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.7 steals for the Huskies.
Highland’s honorable mention picks were seniors Jessica Kraus and Stella Slaymaker.
Columbus’ Sara Vela in the sole Wildcats selected to first-team.
Vela averaged 7.8 points for the Wildcats, while averaging four rebounds and 2.8 steals.
Sophomore Ariana Vergara represents Columbus on second-team.
Vergara led the Wildcats with 8.2 points a game, while averaging 4.2 rebound and 2.2 steals.
Senior Victoria Howell and sophomore Aracely Garza were both honorable mentions.
Pekin had just one second-team distinction in the form of senior Brooke Miller.
Miller averaged 8.8 points in 2022-23, while tallying 2.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals a night.
Fellow seniors Claire Roth and Emma Phillips were named to the honorable mention list.
Hillcrest Academy’s one second-team selection is sophomore Malia Yoder.
Yoder finished with eight points a game, as well as 3.9 rebounds, two assists and 2.8 steals.
Freshman Claire Withorow and sophomore Lydia Beachy were each placed on the honorable mention list.
In the South Division, Van Buren County junior Ivy Davison was named to first-team after averaging 13.9 points, fifth most in the SEISC South, 8.2 rebounds, three assists and 1.5 blocks a game.
The Warriors honorable mentions were senior’s Annabelle Cormier and Marta Ardizzone.
New London had no first or second-team selections, but senior Natalie Burden and sophomore Mylee Miller were named to the honorable mention list.
The fulls All-Conference lists as well as the honorable mention list can be found below.
SEISC NORTH FIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Melina Oepping 12 WMU
Bradie Buffington 12 WMU
Keetyn Townsley 12 WMU
Ellah Kissell 12 WACO
Grace Coble 12 WACO
Finley Jacque 9 Lone Tree
Sarah Burton 11 Highland
Tatum Wolford 11 Wapello
Sara Vela 12 Columbus
McKenzie Kissell Sr Louisa-Muscatine
Player of the Year: Bradie Buffington, Winfield-Mt. Union
Coach of the Year: Ryan Shelman, Lone Tree
SEISC NORTH SECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Keely Malone 12 WMU
Josie Nelson 10 WMU
Katie Leichty 12 WACO
Vivian Zaruba 10 Lone Tree
Riley Krueger 12 Lone Tree
Katelyn Waters 12 Highland
Malia Yoder 10Hillcrest
Quinn Veach 12 Wapello
Brooke Miller 12 Pekin
Ariana Vergara 10 Columbus
SEISC NORTH HONORABLE MENTION
Anna Anderson 12 WMU
Mariana Piper 10 WMU
Emma Wagler 11 WACO
Marie Farmer 11 WACO
Rylee Shield 10 Lone Tree
Alyson Ford 9 Lone Tree
Jessica Kraus 12 Highland
Stella Slaymaker 12 Highland
Jacie Hoeg 11 Wapello
Jakayla Nelson 9 Wapello
Victoria Howell 12 Columbus
Aracely Garza 10 Columbus
Emma Rosenboom 12 L-M
Rylee Cole 12 L-M
Claire Roth 12 Pekin
Emma Phillips 12 Pekin
Claire Withorow 9 Hillcrest
Lydia Beachy 10 Hillcrest
SEISC SOUTH FIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Abbey Bence 12 West Burlington
Lauren Krieger 11 Burlington Notre Dame
Mary Kate Bendlage 12 Holy Trinity Catholic
Jada Molle 11 Danville
Ivy Davison 11 Van Buren
Mckenna Marlow 12 West Burlington
Makayla Morrison 12 Central Lee
Payton Bush 12 Mediapolis
Haley Steffener 11 Mediapolis
Gabby Deery 12 Burlington Notre Dame
Player of the Year: Abbey Bence, West Burlington
Coach of the Year: Todd Borrison, Mediapolis
SEISC SOUTH SECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Liz Lane 12 Mediapolis
Hannah Wagenbach 11 Mediapolis
Gracie Walker 12 Danville
Maddy Mosena 12 Burlington Notre Dame
Abby Korschgen 12 Burlington Notre Dame
Teagan Snaadt 10 Holy Trinity Catholic
Taryn Havener 11 West Burlington
Isabella Blaufuss 11 West Burlington
Kenna Sandoval 9 Central Lee
SEISC SOUTH HONORABLE MENTION
Mya Lampe 12 Central Lee
Karlie Pohren 12 Central Lee
Kenna Furnald 11 Danville
Alexis Dietsch 11 Danville
Kayla Box 12 HTC
Presley Myers 9 HTC
Lilly Luttenegger 11 Mediapolis
Grace Holsteen 9 Mediapolis
Natalie Burden 12 New London
Mylee Miller 10 New London
Taryn Stephens 11 Notre Dame
Anna Engberg 11 Notre Dame
Annabelle Cromier 12 Van Buren County
Marta Ardizzone 12 Van Buren County
Taryn Snodgrass 10 West Burlington
Isabelle Ritter 12 West Burlington