Four Central girls receive all-conference basketball honors

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Delaney Scherf

Haley Frieden

Abby Cummer

Hannah Asche

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register


The Central girls basketball team was well represented on the Upper Iowa all-conference teams, with four selections. Delaney Scherf was named to the first team and Haley Frieden to the second team, honorable mention recognition went to Abby Cummer and Hannah Asche. 


Scherf was also a selection to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Class 1A Northeast All-District Team.


“Cummer, Scherf and Frieden were returning letter winners from a season ago and recognized with all-conference honors. All three were asked to change their roles on the team from a season ago and they provided a can-do attitude,” said head coach Mark Wiley. “I would also state that there were six sophomores and no freshmen recognized by conference schools this season…and three of the six sophomores recognized were part of the Central program.” 


Asche started 16 games this season, finishing with 99 points, which was good enough for third on the team. She led the team in three-point shooting with a 32.7 percent clip, and shot 34.7 percent overall from the field. Asche was also a force on the boards, with 56 rebounds, and played a part in the passing game with 12 assists. Defensively, Asche finished with a serviceable six blocks and 19 steals. 


“Asche was a player that continued to grow throughout the season. She moved her way into the starting lineup after six games at the beginning of the season…and continued to show improvement on both ends of the court,” Wiley said. 


Cummer, a senior, was described as a “great leader” by Wiley. She started 22 games and compiled 51 points and 12 assists and shot a team-high 43.8 percent from the field, going 21 for 48. It was on defense where Cummer had the biggest impact, with one block, 15 steals and 100 rebounds, which was second on the team. 


According to Wiley, Cummer was instrumental in “helping a youthful group grow during the season.”


Second team selection Frieden started 22 games and was Central’s second leading scorer with 215 points. She was also vital in ball distribution with 37 assists, which was second on the team. She shot 29.3 percent from the field and 25.2 percent from three-point distance. Frieden led the team in rebounds and blocks, with 124 and 45, respectively, and came away with 28 steals. Additionally, during the course of the season, Frieden was given greater responsibility for protecting and distributing the ball when teammate Scherf was being guarded.


“Being selected for all-conference second team was a proud accomplishment for me. It reflects on the hard work my team and I put in during practice [and] I am excited for my next two years and seeing how we grow as a team and further our ability to play as individuals and together,” Frieden said. 


Team leader Scherf earned all-conference while shifting to the point guard position from the off guard position she was in a season ago. She was also “asked to do more with the basketball in her hands and create for her teammates,” Wiley said. 


Scherf started all 22 games this season and led the Warriors in three statistical categories, including points with 304, assists with 58 and steals with 89. She was second on the team with 20 blocks and in three-point shooting with a 27.5 percentage. Scherf also finished second in shooting percentage behind teammate Cummer, but took over 225 more shots and was easily the team’s leader with 101 made field goals. No other player had more than 67. She also finished third on the team with 71 rebounds. 


Regarding the selection, Scherf said, “Being selected to first team all-conference was exciting for me because it shows that the hard work paid off for myself and our team.”


While the season brought acclaim, Scherf noted that one of her favorite memories didn’t involve honors. It was actually playing with her sister and “watching her fall without anyone tripping her all the time.” 


As for next season, Scherf is optimistic, saying, “I can’t wait for the next couple of years to see us develop into better players and people, and hopefully becoming very successful as a team.”


Wiley shares Scherf’s positive outlook. “We have the ability of a great upside in the next two seasons, but that is not just given. It will take efforts from all future players to improve on this season,” he said.

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