DES MOINES - Colo-NESCO's Caitlyn Riese improved her scoring average by four points from her junior to senior seasons and clearly became the Royals' go-to option in 2013-14.
Riese was even better in the Iowa Girls State Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena last week when her near double-double average helped fourth-ranked Colo-NESCO reach the Class 1A semifinals.
Her 19 points and 13 rebounds in the 1A quarterfinal win over Lynnville-Sully was followed up with a 17-point, nine-rebound effort against eventual runner-up Newell-Fonda.
Those numbers helped Riese earn a spot on the all-tournament team and her overall season performance landed on her on the Iowa Newspaper Association's Class 1A first-team all-state squad as well.
The INA's all-state squads also included Riese's running-mate Shayla Dean, while South Hardin's Kayla Prosser was honored in Class 2A.
Riese averaged a team-best 15.5 points to go with 6.2 rebounds per game this season for the Royals, who went 24-2 on the year. She also led the team in blocks at 1.5 per contest.
And when Riese wasn't scoring inside the paint, Dean was taking the ball to the rim or burying shots from outside. The Royals' junior point guard landed on the INA's 1A second-team after scoring 13.3 points per game and leading the entire state - all classes - with 170 steals.
Dean collected 6.5 steals per tilt and also dished out 5.6 assists per game. Her 146 total assists was good for fourth in 1A and eighth across all five classes.
Prosser was voted the North Iowa Cedar League West Division's Most Outstanding Player earlier this season and the INA honored her with a third-team selection in Class 2A.
The future Wartburg volleyball player averaged an NICL West-best 18 points per game and she also pulled down a team-leading 9.1 rebounds per contest. That figure also ranked second in the league and the senior also collected two steals per game in leading the Tigers to a second-place conference finish.
Joining Riese on the 1A first-team were Newell-Fonda teammates Claudia Larsen and Renee Maneman, Burlington Notre Dame star Taylor Hickey, Adair-Casey's London Vais, Ar-We-Va's Paige Danner, Storm Lake St. Marys' Jasmine DeMars and Cedar Valley Christian's Shelby Hembera, who led Class 1A in scoring (33.2) and rebounding (16.4).
MOC-Floyd Valley's Alexis Conaway was voted Miss Iowa Basketball by the INA. Conaway guided the Lady Dutch to the Class 3A title and averaged a 3A-best 21.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game this season. The Iowa State volleyball recruit led 3A in steals with 116 and also was in the top 10 in both blocks (73) and assists (112).