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As our last preview article about the Prairie State Conference I am going to make my picks for All Conference players and even though the conference doesn’t name an MVP, I will make my selection. While it again does not follow the format of the conference, I will name 5 All Conference players and pick an MVP as the 6th. Here we go.
- All Conference selection, Sami Kasting of Metro East Lutheran. As has been noted before, the departure of Ellen Schulte will make Sami the returning leading scorer and the leader of this team. I believe she is more than capable of increasing her output of 10 points per game from her Junior season. I look for Sami to score more and lead MELHS to a 3rd place finish.
- All Conference selection, Kayla Brantley of East Alton/Wood River was an All Conference selection as a sophomore and had a good summer playing AAU ball and working on her game. She is a good 3 point shooter and is working on finding other ways to score. She should get more playing time this year as the rotation thins out a some. This combined with her game improvements should allow her to score even more this year as the Oilers try to continue their growth as a program.
- All Conference selection, Macee Eisenbarth of Nokomis looks to step her game as the lone returning starter. She has a nice post game and should increase her scoring and rebounding as the focal point of the team. She will be relentless in the paint and should produce double figures in points and 7-8 rebounds on a nightly basis. The inexperience of her teammates will force Macee to lead the team and provide direction and support if they are going to have a good season.
- All Conference selection, Adrenna Snipes of Alton Marquette should be the breakout player of the year in the conference as an incoming freshman. She has shown the ability to drive and score, dish when the defense ignores her teammates and she can also hit the 3 point shot. With most of the scoring gone from last years team Adrenna will counted on to lead the Explorers from her point guard spot.
- All Conference selection, Anna McKee of Father McGivney is coming off an outstanding freshman campaign where she averaged over 18 points and 5 steals per game. She is very athletic and a good 3 point shooter with great range. She can cause havoc on the defensive end with her length and quickness which leads to easy transition baskets. She was very consistent last year scoring in double figures in all but 1 game. Coach Oller is looking for more of the same from her this year.
- MVP, Madison Webb of Father McGivney scored almost 12 points per game and had just over 8 rebounds per game as a Sophomore. I believe that with the work she has put into her game over the summer she is poised to be a big junior year. She has been working on her outside shot, stretching her range out past the point line. By putting in time with her AAU team along with her school team during the off season it is clear Madison has been working on getting better. I think many teams will put a focus on stopping Mckee after her breakout freshman season and this will lead to even better opportunities for Madison to score.
I picked Father McGivney to win the conference and I think it will be McKee and Webb that will lead them there. As we begin the season I want to say good luck to all of the players and coaches in the conference and I hope you all have a great year!