The Ottumwa Courier


March 11, 2014

DC's Graves, E-B-F's Alexander earn All-State honors

DES MOINES — The Iowa Newspaper Association announced its 2014 All-State Girls Basketball teams for Class 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A Tuesday. Three area players were honored for their play this past season.

Davis County's Shelby Graves and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont's Tasha Alexander, two of the top seniors in the South Central Conference, both earned the honors of being named all-state players. Both Graves and Alexander achieved career milestones by scoring 1,000 career points during the past season.

Graves was one of three back court selections to the Class 3A All-State second team. The 5-7 senior led the Mustangs to a 14-8 record, accumulating the second-most assists in Class 3A with 137. Graves also scored a team-best 17.7 points per game and led Davis County in 3-point shooting, hitting 31.5 percent (28-89) from beyond the arc.

Alexander was named to the third team of Class 2A's All-State team after leading E-B-F to the South Central Conference championship this season, scoring 22.1 points per game while also dishing out a team-best 75 assists. The Rocket senior back court selection also led a tenacious defensive attack with a team-leading 148 steals.

North Mahaska junior Julia Gronenboom earned a selection to Class 1A's third team. Gronenboom scored 12.1 points per game, second only on the team to Michaela Hays' 13.9 average, but also dished out a team-best 71 assists as the Warhawks finished the season at 12-12.

Alexis Conaway of MOC-Floyd Valley was named Iowa's “Miss Basketball.” Conaway led her team to the Class 3A state championship as they defeated Unity Christian 63-57 in the finals.

Conaway scored a new single-game tournament record with 46 points in the semifinals for a win over Mediapolis. For the season she averaged 21.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 111 assists, 120 steals and 71 blocked shots per game. She ended her career with 1,902 points, 776 rebounds, 455 steals and 294 assists.

A two-time Class 3A volleyball player of the year, a three-time 3A and two-time Drake Relays high jump champion, Conaway has signed on with the Iowa State University volleyball team where she will be continuing her education this fall.

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