Terrones tabbed as NICL West’s MVP
East Marshall senior Olivia Terrones wrapped up her high school basketball career with the last NICL West Division honor she’d yet to earn, being voted the conference’s Outstanding Player.
Terrones was awarded the top honor in a vote of the league’s coaches at the conclusion of a season in which she became her school’s all-time leading scorer, rounding out her career with her fourth all-conference accolade in as many years.
Terrones was one of three unanimous selections on the seven-player all-conference first team and one of four-time award recipients on the squad. West Marshall senior Teresa Disney was honored for the fourth time in as many years with a place on one of the all-NICL West teams, too.
Terrones became East Marshall’s first conference MVP since Katie Kitzman won the honor in 2005, not long after joining Kitzman and Abby Nuese as the only 1,000-point scorers in school history.
Terrones accounted for 46 percent of the Mustangs’ scoring in conference play this season, averaging a league-leading 17 points per game while also ranking in the top-10 in steals (fourth, 29), assists (seventh, 30) and blocked shots (10th, 5). The 5-foot-8 guard also ranked 14th in the NICL West in total rebounds (69).
Terrones was an honorable mention selection to the all-conference teams as a freshman, a second-team pick as a sophomore, a unanimous first-team honoree last winter and the league’s MVP this year.
Disney ranked in the top-10 in every major statistical category except scoring, playing a pivotal role in West Marshall’s rise to the conference title. Twice an honorable mention and once a second-teamer, Disney gained first-team honors as a senior after averaging 8.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. She was 12th in conference scoring, second in rebounding, fourth in blocked shots, and ninth in both assists and steals.
West Marshall was the only team in the NICL West to have more than one player picked to the all-conference first team, and in fact the Trojans had three in addition to Coach of the Year Fred Zeller. Trojan seniors Karlyn Snider and Avril Sinning also gained their first first-team honors. Snider was third in scoring (11.8) and led the league in both assists (51) and steals (38), while Sinning contributed 9.8 points per game and was the conference’s top 3-point shooter (25 makes).
BCLUW’s Allison Engle got her first all-conference accolade by making her debut on the first team as just a sophomore. Engle ended the season sixth in scoring average (11.3) thanks to 23 3-pointers while finishing second in assists (40) and third in steals (30). The 5-foot-10 guard was also sixth in blocked shots (8) while also averaging 6.0 rebounds per game.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s top honoree was repeat second-teamer Saari Kuehl. The Rebels’ junior guard finished 15th in conference scoring average (7.3) and was third in rebounding (7.8).