Three Bucs named All-Conference
With the premature end to the girls and boys basketball seasons due to COVID-19, the Big South Conference has released the names of those individual athletes who were named to the All-Conference Basketball Teams.
Arika Howard was the lone Blue Earth Area girl named to the team.
The 5-foot-6 forward was a fixture on the team this year as a starting forward.
In 24 games for the Bucs this year she tallied 207 points. She made 69 of 206 shot attempts from the field for a 33 percent success rate.
Howard made 61 percent of her shots form the free- throw line, making 66 or her 109 attempts.
She was also active on the boards. She pulled down 75 defensive and 57 offensive rebounds.
Howard also recorded 28 steals and 52 assists during the year.
Howard is a junior and will be back next year for her senior year.
“Arika has spent a lot time improving her game,” BEA girls head coach Al Cue said. “This helps validate all of the hours she spent improving her game.”
The two boys named to the BSC All-Conference Team were Austin Thielfoldt and Cameron Anderson.
Thielfoldt, a 5-foot-8 guard, averaged 10.6 points per game in 10 conference games. He shot 44 percent from the field during conference play while making 78 percent of his free throws.
A junior, Thielfoldt also averaged three rebounds and just under three assists per conference game.
“The time Austin has put in watching film, shooting before school, improving his game in the off-season and getting stronger paid dividends this year,” Bucs boys head coach Colby Swanson commented. “His ability to make the right play at the right time was an important factor in our team’s improvement this year.”
The 6-foot-1 Anderson was a force to be reckoned with on the offensive end of the court.
He led the team in scoring while averaging 16.3 points in nine conference games. He made 58 percent of his 2-point attempts and shot 48.5 percent from behind the arc.
The junior forward also averaged 4.6 rebounds and two assists during conference play.
“Rarely does a basketball coach say the leading scorer on their team is one of their most unselfish players, but that is the case with Cam,” Swanson remarked. “Cam is our offensive catalyst. His ability to score from anywhere on the floor, willingness to pass to open teammates, his encouragement of his teammates and his humility were key factors in our team’s first season over .500 since the 2009-10 season.”