Maries County All-GVC basketball baker’s dozen

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 3/17/21

With basketball season now in the books throughout the Gasconade Valley Conference (GVC), the All-GVC basketball teams were voted on last Tuesday night and released shortly thereafter.

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Maries County All-GVC basketball baker’s dozen

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With basketball season now in the books throughout the Gasconade Valley Conference (GVC), the All-GVC basketball teams were voted on last Tuesday night and released shortly thereafter.

Between Belle’s and Vienna’s basketball teams, a total of 13 student-athletes were named to their respective All-GVC Basketball teams.

On the boys side, Vienna had three Eagles earn first-team honors including seniors Nathan Kleffner and Trey Snodgrass in addition to junior Bayrd VanScoy.

For the season, VanScoy averaged 14.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.9 steals per game. He led the team in points, assists and steals per game.

Kleffner averaged 12.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals per contest. Those numbers were good for second on the team in points, rebounds, assists and steals.

Flirting with a double double for the season, Snodgrass averaged 12.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Those numbers placed him third on the team in scoring along with the leading rebounder.

Earning All-GVC Honorable Mention nods for Chandler Harker’s Eagles were junior Janis Hubert and freshman Alijah Mercer.

Mercer averaged 4.4 points per game while Hubert finished with averages of 3.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest.

Chris Feeler’s Belle squad had a pair of Tigers earn All-GVC honors in seniors Lane Feeler and Gentry Dunn.

Dunn averaged 11.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Those numbers were good for second on the team behind Thomas Lingo’s 12.1 points a game and Jace Gieck’s 6.1 boards per game.

Feeler finished his senior season with 9.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per contest. Leading the team in assists, Feeler was third on the team in scoring and rebounding.

Also on the All-GVC boys first team was Most Valuable Player (MVP) Chase Cottrell (Steelville), Landon Mabe (Steelville), Johnny Brice (Steelville), Garrett Sellers (Cuba), Peyton Cranford (Bourbon), Marten Thunder Mathews (Bourbon) and Connor Diaz (Steelville).

A complete list of the All-GVC Honorable Mention boys selections was not available by press time.

On the girls side of the ledger, six basketball players from Maries County earned All-GVC honors with four coming from Belle and two from Vienna.

Earning All-GVC first-team honors from Belle was the senior trio of Halle Smith, Gracie Schultz and Chloe Krause.

Smith finished her senior season averaging 22.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 2.4 steals and 2.1 blocked shots per game.

Eclipsing the 1,000-point mark for her career, Schultz finished her senior season averaging 12.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

Coming back to Belle from St. James for her senior season, Krause also averaged double figures in scoring for the Lady Tigers.

Krause ended the season averaging 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

Joining the senior trio, Gehlert earned All-GVC honorable mention status finishing her freshman season averaging 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.

Jason Kampeter’s Vienna Lady Eagles had two players earn All-GVC honors in first-team selection Kadence George and honorable mention nod Marsie Messersmith.

This is the second sport that both young ladies earned All-GVC honors in to go along with softball.

During basketball season, George ended her junior year averaging 14.9 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 3.3 assists.

In spite of seeing her senior season cut short by a broken hand at the Russellville Tournament, Messersmith finished with 11.9 points, 2.1 steals and 1.9 rebounds per contest.

Joining George and Belle’s three seniors on the All-GVC First Team were MVP Sydney Booker (Steelville), Naomi Perkins (Steelville), Tatumn Boyer (Viburnum), Tyra Haffer (Cuba), Alyssa Church (Steelville), Madison Courtright (Viburnum), Tori Lane (Bourbon) and Tori Pennock Steelville).

Additional All-GVC Honorable Mention selections along with Gehlert and Messersmith included Jayda Mercer (Cuba) and Mya Thompson (Viburnum).

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