Ellingson repeats, joined by Bratland on All-SEC Team
Arneson receives honorable mention
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 7:48 AM
Three Lady Lions have won conference honors for basketball excellence. Senior Nicki Ellingson joined five other players on the All-SEC first team. It was the third appearance for the talented 5-foot-9 forward, who won honorable mention in 2012 and All-SEC in 2013.
From left to right; Nicki Ellingson All-SEC 2nd year, Samantha Bratland All-SEC and Lauren Arneson Honorable Mention
She averaged 11.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 2.4 steals per conference match. Ellingson was accurate from the field, hitting 44% on the season. Conference honors are based on SEC contests only, so statistics typically do not include all games.
Spring Grove junior Samantha Bratland appeared on the second team. At 5-10, she also played forward for the Lions. Bratland averaged an excellent 14.6 points per game, 8.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals per outing. She hit 45% overall from the field, including 40% from beyond the three-point arc. Bratland received honorable mention last year.
Lion junior guard LAUREN ARNESON has earned honorable mention for 2014. She had 6.2 points per game with 3.7 assists. For a perimeter player, Arneson also grabbed a very good 3.1 rebounds per game and displayed excellent speed and quickness, lifting 3.7 steals per game.
ANN RYSAVY of Lyle/Pacelli was named SEC Player of the Year. This year marks the fourth All-SEC appearance for the standout senior guard who averaged 14 points, 6 steals, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game. She hit 68% of her 2-point shots and connected on a strong 36% of her 3-point attempts.
Teammate SARAH HOLTZ, a sophomore forward, was also named to the first team. It was her second appearance on the All-SEC list. Holtz also earned honorable mention honors in 2012. Holtz averaged 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals per game while shooting 65% from the field.
Mabel-Canton's LYDIA GEVING earned honorable mention in 2012, All-Conference in 2013 and now joins the All-SEC first team list for 2014. No conference-only stats for her were available at press time, but the 5-8 senior guard averaged 14.9 points per game overall while grabbing 5.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 3.1 steals. Geving shot 32% from beyond the arc, 42% overall from the field.
RIO LANDERS of Grand Meadow is the only center to appear on the first team. She checked in at 6-1 during this, her sophomore year. Landers averaged 15.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per contest. She hit 32% of her trey tries, 42% overall from the field.
Hope Lutheran's DAKOTA ELLINGHUYSEN completed her high school career with a fourth All-SEC appearance. The 5-10 senior forward averaged 15.1 points per game, 12.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 5.3 steals, and 2.6 blocks. An excellent free throw shooter, she hit 75% from the foul line, 28% from beyond the arc and 41% combined from the field.
The second team includes senior guard BECCA BUNNE of Leroy-Ostrander, who made her third appearance on the All-SEC squad. Bunne had 14.5 points, 11.0 rebound, 6.5 assists and 5.0 steals per game. Her career stats include 1,167 points and 1,007 rebounds.
Sophomore guard COURTNEY LIND of Lyle/Pacelli makes yet another All-SEC appearance. She also earned honorable mention in 2011 and All-SEC in 2012 and 2013.
ABBEY LOKKEN of Houston makes her third All-Conference appearance. The senior center was named to the second team after scoring 15.5 points per game, grabbing 11.1 rebounds, and hitting 43% from the field.
Mabel-Canton's SARA LIND earned honorable mention in 2013, and second team All-Conference this year. She played forward, averaging 10.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game (all contests). Lind hit 41% from the field.
Lanesboro's OLIVIA HAUG also appeared on the second team. The junior center scored 14.6 points per contest, grabbed 15.1 rebounds, lifted 2.1 steals, and canned 42% of her field goal attempts.
This year's honorable mention list includes a second appearance by Hope Lutheran's JENNA O'LAUGHLIN, a senior guard. Glenville-Emmons senior guard BRE LUNDMARK also made the list as did Grand Meadow's RACHEL OEHLKE, a junior guard. Houston sophomore forward KELLY JERVISS and Lanesboro sophomore forward HALEY POLIN were honored too as was L/P eighth-grade guard BROOKE WALTER. M-C senior guard CARLY McCABE represented her school, as did senior guard MARA WILSON of Schaeffer Academy and sophomore forward SAM SISKOW of LeRoy-Ostrander.