A glance at statistics from the end of the basketball season shows a number of area student athletes not only led their teams to a shining season, but also placed some of the leaders among the top individuals in their conferences. 

Among those individuals is Easton Darling of Winterset, who led the Winterset Huskies in scoring (602 points) and field goals (244), but also led the Raccoon River Conference. Darling also was among the top four in three-point goals (50) in the conference, in the top six in the conference in made free throws (64 of 110 attempts) and among the top five in assists (84) and the top two in steals (70).

Winterset’s Nathan Avery was sixth in the RCC in blocks with 18 blocked shots.

Also in boys’ basketball, Van Meter senior Anthony Potthoff was fifth in the West Central Conference in scoring (382 points) while Earlham’s TJ Harkins was ninth (313 pts). Potthoff was fourth in the WCC in field goals while Harkins made the top 10. 

Harkins, meanwhile, finished second in three-point goals (69) on the season while Van Meter’s Chris Schreck was tenth (45).

Potthoff also finished fourth in the WCC in free throw shooting while I-35 senior Carter Bussanmas led the Roadrunners in rebounds and finished eighth in the conference.

Earlham’s assist leader was Jackson Vandever, and his 69 assists ranked him among the top nine in the conference.

Martensdale’s Trey Baker led the Blue Devils and the Pride of Iowa Conference in scoring with 450 points. Baker also led the POI in field goals, while MSM’s Hogan Franey finished among the top ten in three-point goals (39).

Franey and Baker also were among the top six free throwers while Franey was tied for sixth in the POI with 48 steals.

MSM senior Isaac Gavin had 47 blocked shots during the season, tops on the Blue Devils and third in the conference while Trey Baker had 21 blocked shots.

Freshman Young has 

fabulous first season

Winterset freshman Jena Young had a stunning first season, finishing tops on the Lady Husky team in scoring and fourth in the conference with 375 points. 

Young also was third in the RRC in field goals, and topped the conference in free throws, sinking 103 of 164 attempts.

Winterset’s Bridget Stover finished in a three-way tie for seventh place in total rebounds (135) while Young was sixth in the conference in assists (91) and fourth in steals (65).

Stover and Lauren Carter were among the top shot blockers in the RRC, finishing third and fourth in the conference.

Lauterbach paces 

WCC leader boards

In the West Central Athletic Conference (WCC), Van Meter senior Clair Lauterbach was third in the conference in scoring with 397 points, while Earlham’s Alli Boyle tied for tenth in the conference in scoring 243 points.

Lauterbach also was third in field goals with 135 and second in three-point goals with 63 threes. 

Earlham’s Jenna Conry has 32 threes while Lady Cardinal senior Rachel Smith had 30. All made the WCC top ten.

Both Jorja Hanselman of Natalie Barth of Van Meter were among the top WCC rebounders. 

Hanselman had 186 while Barth pulled down 176 caroms.

Earlham’s Boyle was fifth in the conference in assists, contributing to 69 buckets, while I-35 senior Jaliah White had 59 assists.

Clair Lauterbach tied for fourth in steals with 64 thefts, while Earlham’s Kara Hoherz blocked 37 shots (third in the WCC). I-35’s Josie McCuddin had 19 blocks and Van Meter’s Jorja Hanselman and Natalie Barth had 16 blocks apiece.

Stewart, Stott and Archibald 

pace the Blue Devils

Over in the Pride of Iowa Conference, Martensdale senior Jensen Archibald was second in scoring with 481 points.

MSM seniors Skylyr Stewart and Maddy Stott also finished among the top ten in the POI in scoring. Stewart had 302 points while Stott finished with 287 points.

Archibald was second in the POI in free throws and Stewart led the conference in made three-pointers with 87. Jensen Archibald, meanwhile, had 33 threes. 

Archibald and Stott also finished among the top ten in the POI in free throws while Martensdale sophomore Anna Parrott led the team and the POI with 248 total rebounds.

Parrott had 112 offensive rebounds and came up with 136 defensive boards.

Stott also was the conference leader with 158 assists while Archibald had 95 assists, good enough for conference runner-up in assists.

Archibald, Stott and Parrot finished among the conference top ten in steals while Archibald tied for seventh in blocked shots with 24.

Reporter at the Winterset Madisonian. He has also been the managing editor at the Madisonian.