Gradwell named to INA all-state second team
Isabelle Gradwell has been named to the Iowa Newspaper Association’s All-State girls’ basketball second-team after helping lead West Marshall to a 20-4 record this season.
Gradwell, who missed 11 games with a broken fibula, played in 13 games, averaging 17.1 points per game and shooting 38.3 percent from the arc.
The Trojans were 8-3 without Gradwell, but with the postseason in reach, Gradwell rehabbed quickly and was back for the final two games of the season.
In her first game back, Gradwell started and went for 14 points, shooting 2-for-5 from 3. She had six rebounds, an assist and two steals in the Class 3A regional semifinal.
Despite losing to PCM in the regional final, Gradwell still had 20 points, shooting 4-for-10 from 3 and collecting six rebounds and three assists in a 52-49 loss.
South Tama County’s Jessica Musgrave also earned all-state honors with a selection to the third-team all-state honor.
The STC sophomore led her team to a 13-10 record, averaging 20.5 points per game and a 55.8 percent field goal percentage. Musgrave had a team-best 112 steals, 76 assists and 103 rebounds (2nd on team).
Musgrave led the WaMaC West in points made (472), as well as her points per game (20.5). No one shot better than her 55.8 percent, with Karsyn Stratton (Clear Creek-Amana) coming in second with 52.1 percent. Her 112 steals was good enough for first in the conference as well.
Against Center Point-Urbana in the Class 3A regional final, Musgrave went for 15 points, shooting 7-for-12 on the floor and snagging a team-best five rebounds.
In Class 1A, AGWSR’s Maddie Brandt and GMG’s Blaire Sonderleiter each earned third-team, all-state accolades.
Brandt reached 1,000 career points in her final season at AGWSR. She averaged 13.8 points per game and made 47.2 percent of her shots. She led the Cougars to a 19-5 record and helped them comeback to earn a share of the NICL West Division title.
The AGWSR senior was second in the NICL West in points made with 330, just behind Grundy Center’s Hailey Wallis. Brandt also averaged 13.8 points per game, good enough for second, and shot 47.2 percent from the floor.
Brandt also led the team in offensive rebounds (69), defensive rebounds (124), total rebounds (193) and blocks (30). She also accumulated the best free-throw shooting percentage on the team, nailing 74.6 percent. Her 193 total rebounds were the best among all NICL West players.
Sonderleiter was the second-leading scorer in the Iowa Star South, posting 311 points in her senior year. She averaged 13.5 points per game, and shot 46.5 percent from the floor.
She led the Wolverines to a 14-9 record, as the leading rebounder (223) and steal leader (57) for her team.
Pocahontas Area’s Elle Ruffridge was named Miss Basketball. The four-time all-stater led her squad to state finals three times in her career, including state titles in 2016 and 2017. She finished her career as Iowa’s all-time leader in points scored with 2,951, 3-pointers with 466 and assists with 802.
Ruffridge will continue her basketball career at Missouri State University next year.