March 6, 2013

Veldhuizen, 3 others named INA all-staters

OSKALOOSA — It’s been quite a successful season for four Herald-area girls basketball teams in 2012-13.

Oskaloosa, North Mahaska, Pella Christian and Twin Cedars averaged nearly 20 wins this past season with the Eagles qualifying for last week’s state tournament.

As a result, the four squads each placed one member on the Iowa Newspaper Association All-State teams, released Tuesday.

Oskaloosa’s Kena Veldhuizen capped off a record-breaking senior season with a second-team selection in the backcourt for Class 4A while North Mahaska senior Mallory Boyle, who led the Warhawks to the Class 1A state title a season ago, was named to the 2A all-state team first team as a utility player.

Pella Christian senior Paige Engbers was a second-team utility pick in 2A and Twin Cedars senior Alee Hugen was a second-team choice on the front line in 1A.

To say the 5-foot-4 Veldhuizen had a pretty good season would be an understatement.

The Oskaloosa guard led Class 4A in scoring at 19.6 points a game as the Indians set a school record for wins in going 18-5 on the season. She became the school’s all-time scoring leader with 1,159 points and tallied 451 points this season, breaking the previous records set by Brittney Carlson. She also set career marks for free throws made with 252, had 282 steals and collected 246 assists.

Veldhuizen recorded all-time season-bests with 12  steals and 13 assists in a game, made 12 straight free throws in a game, shot 83.6 percent from the charity stripe, created 109 steals and made 117 free throws.

Boyle scored 14.4 points a game and grabbed 7.0 rebounds per contest as the Warhawks went 21-2 this season. She averaged 3.4 assists and 3.5 steals while collecting a team-high 14 blocks this season.

Engbers tied for the team lead in scoring at 14.3 points a game as she totaled 358 points for the Eagles, who finished 19-6 after losing to eventual state champion Western Christian in the first round of the state tournament. She made 79 percent of her free-throw attempts (69-for-100) and connected on 42.3 percent of her 3-point tries (63 of 149). She averaged 4.4 rebounds a game and had 54 assists.

Hugen led the Sabers to a 21-4 record as she scored 18.8 points and hauled in 8.8 rebounds per game. She was second on the team in steals with 76 and had 23 assists. She made 59.2 percent of her field-goal shots (190-for-321).

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