Wallis heads IGCA all-state selections

T-R FILE PHOTO • Grundy Center junior Hailey Wallis (13) steals the ball from Cascade’s Skylar Dolphin (2) during the first half of their Class 2A girls’ state basketball championship game Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

The final postseason awards have come out for the girls basketball season and Grundy Center junior Hailey Wallis has been selected to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Class 2A all-state first team.

Wallis was also named a second-team all-state selection by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association and the captain of the 2A state championship all-tournament team, and this is the first appearance of her career on the IGCA all-state teams.

Wallis had a stellar junior campaign, leading the Spartans to a 24-2 record and the first appearance in the state championship game since Grundy Center won the state title in 2005. Wallis and the Spartans didn’t come away as champions this season, falling to Cascade by a tight 41-37 margin, but Wallis scored the final 24 points for her team, finishing with 29 points, eight rebounds and five steals in the championship match.

She averaged 14.9 points per game this season and she racked up 88 total steals and 114 total rebounds. Wallis was also a first-team all-NICL West Division selection for the second straight year.

Three local girls earned second-team all-state nods, as West Marshall’s Isabelle Gradwell and South Tama County’s Jessica Musgrave were selected to the 3A second team and AGWSR’s Mandy Willems earned a spot on the 1A second team.

Gradwell, a third-team selection in 2017, finished this season with the most made 3-pointers in 3A with 89 hits from deep. That was the third-most three-pointers made in the state, regardless of class, and she averaged 21.8 points per game this season, tied for third in 3A with Musgrave.

Gradwell also finished fourth in assists, ninth in blocks and 10th in defensive rebounds in 3A.

Musgrave, who earned her second-straight second-team selection, was the leading scorer in 3A with 546 total points, 24 points ahead of Gradwell. She also finished third in the class in steals with 137 and fourth in offensive rebounds with 98.

She became the first STC girl to reach the 1,000 point mark in her career and in the three regional games to get to the state tournament she averaged 24.6 points, 9.7 rebounds and seven steals per game.

Willems, making her first appearance on the IGCA all-state teams, led the Cougars to their first state tournament berth since winning the title in 2009. The 21-3 record was also the best for AGWSR since 2009, and Willems was a big part of that, finishing second in 1A in 3-pointers made with 81.

She shot 47.1 percent from behind the arc and averaged 18.6 points per game this year, the 10th-best in the class. Willems will be attending NIACC in the fall to further her basketball career.

All four girls were also selected to their all-district squads, with Gradwell and Musgrave each making their second appearance on the 3A Southeast team, Wallis making her second showing on the 2A Central team and Willems earning her first selection to the 1A North Central team.

Joining Wallis on the 2A Central squad was teammate Brooke Flater, while Grundy Center head coach Matt Lindeman was the Coach of the Year in that district after winning the NICL West Division for the third-straight year.

Willems was also joined by a teammate on the 1A North Central team, as AGWSR junior Aubrie Fisher earned her first all-district selection of her career and Cougars head coach Laurie Gann was named Coach of the Year. Also appearing on that all-district team was Colo-NESCO junior Faith Vincent, who earned her first all-district selection as well.

Adding to her already full trophy case, Gradwell was named to the academic all-state team by the IGCA. Also named to the academic all-state team were Marshalltown’s Grace Metzger, Colo-NESCO’s Molly Barten and AGWSR’s Ally Finger.