Two R-P girls named to All-TRC basketball team

By : 
Chad Smith
Tri-County Record

Two Rushford-Peterson girls’ basketball players are All-Three Rivers Conference selections, thanks to a vote by the conference’s coaches. Senior guard Abby Hoegh is an all-conference selection, while fellow senior Megan Oian is All-TRC Honorable Mention.

In addition to on-the-court performance, 10 of the Trojan girls were named Academic All-Conference Award winners.

Abbey Hoegh – All-TRC

To say that Hoegh was a vital cog in the Trojan offense is an enormous understatement. The senior was the only player to average double figures in scoring, leading the team with a total of 443 points in 25 games (17.7 average per game).

Hoegh also contributed 45 assists to the team’s offense and  grabbed a total of 93 rebounds (3.7 avg.). She also served as the Trojans’ top defensive thief, finishing with 52 steals (2.1 avg.) and blocked five shots.

“She’s so talented when she’s handling the basketball,” said R-P coach Jake Dahl. “However, it’s one thing to handle the basketball well, but that does no good if you have to watch the ball while you dribble. She sees the court really well and does a good job of keeping the ball away from the defense. I think other coaches saw that as well.

“Her shot could be streaky at times, probably more than she wanted. When her shot was going in, Abby was tough to stop because she gets her shot off so quickly. However, she was also quick enough to go by a defender if they came out to try and block her shot. That made her much tougher to defend. She could take the contact under the basket and still get a shot off, but could also get to the free throw line, where she was our best shooter.”

Megan Oian – Honorable Mention

Oian was the second-leading scorer on the team this season, finishing with a total of 228 points (8.4 points per game). The senior was the top rebounder for the Trojans, pulling down 176 total missed shots (6.5 avg.). Oian hit close to half the shots she attempted this season, making 87 field goals in 178 attempts (49%).

Oian was also an important piece of the Trojans’ defense, finishing second on the team with 32 steals, while deflecting 15 passes, and blocking six shots. Dahl said Oian was an essential part of everything the Trojans wanted to do at both ends of the floor this season.

“She was right there in the middle of any defense we played and any offense we ran,” Dahl said. “She worked hard as our leading rebounder and there wasn’t an ounce of quit in her. That’s so much fun to see in any player. You can count on them day-after-day and practice-after-practice.

“She didn’t lead vocally,” he said, “because that’s not her style. She preferred to lead by example on the court and get the rest of the kids to follow what she’s doing.”

Academic All-Conference winners

Ten Lady Trojans were named to the Three Rivers Conference Academic All-Conference team.  Kjersta Hinz, Lauren Lawston, Kaitlyn Bieberdorf, Megan Oian, Peyton Hoiness, Julissa Trejo, Abbey Hoegh, Ellie Dahl, Alayna Helgemoe, Avalon Jacobson, and Kaylee Ruberg.

In order to be named to the Academic All-Conference teams, players had to maintain at least a 3.5 Grade Point Average (GPA).