By Ryan Murken
Your Prep Sports
The Your Prep Sports girls basketball team honors five of the top area players for their efforts this season.
The Inaugural Your Prep Sports team features Division I recruits, all-state and all-conference honorees, school record holders.
All five of the honorees on his year’s team are juniors and three have already eclipsed the 1,000-point mark.
Ashley Joens (Captain)
5-11, Jr., City High
Already a two-time first-team all-state selection, Joens posted the best season of her career as a junior.
The Iowa State commit ranked second in Class 5A in both scoring (21.1 ppg) and rebounding (10.3) while leading City High to a 22-2 record and its first state tournament berth since 2014.
Joens shot career-high percentages from the field (51 percent) and free throw line (73 percent) while attempting a 5A best 184 free throws.
The junior guard set a single-season record with 246 rebounds and ranked second on the team in both steals and blocks.
Joens scored in double figures in 23 of 24 games this season and has now reached double figures in 68 of 70 career games.
She had 12 double-doubles as a junior and scored more than 20 points 15 times while being named Mississippi Valley Conference divisional player of the year for the third straight season.
In her first three high school seasons Joens has scored 1,380 points and grabbed 604 rebounds.
6-1, Jr., West High
Cook had a breakthrough season as a junior leading West High to the semifinals of the Class 5A state tournament for the second time in three seasons.
The 6-foor-1 forward increased her scoring average by six points from last season, leading West High in scoring at 15 points per game.
Cook ranked second on the team in rebounds (6.2), steals and blocks helping West High to a 21-4 record.
She scored in double figures 20 times in the season and led West High in scoring in both state tournament games.
Cook was a first-team Mississippi Valley Conference pick and earned first-team all-state honors from the Iowa Newspaper Association.
5-8, Jr., Regina
One of the top shooters in the state, Crompton ranked fifth in the state and led Class 2A with 76 3-pointers while averaging a career-high 18 points.
The career-best season from Crompton helped Regina to its second consecutive 26-1 season and trip to the Class 2A state semifinals.
Crompton shot 55 percent from the floor including 47 percent from 3-point range this season and 88 percent from the free throw line as a junior, all career-bests.
The junior guard had nine games with more than 20 points among her 24 double digit scoring performances this season highlighted by a school-record 39-point, 10 3-pointer performance against Cascade.
She became the sixth player in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark in her career.
Crompton was a first-team all-state pick by both the Iowa Newspaper Association and Iowa Girls coaches association added 2.7 assists and 2.5 steals per game, ranking second on the team in both categories.
5-6. Jr., West Branch
One of 15 players in the state to average 20 points or more per game this season, Koenig ranked fourth in 2A in scoring at 20 points per game.
Koenig earned first-team all-state honors from the Iowa Girls Coaches Association after leading West Bran to a 14-9 record and a spot in the Class 2A regional semifinals.
The junior guard posted team-highs in points, rebounds (5.9), assists (3.3) and steals (4.3) this season while being named to the River Valley Conference Elite team.
Koenig became the third player in West Branch history to score 1,000 points and moved into second place all-time in scoring with 1,132 points, 55 points of the top spot.
5-8, Jr., West High
One of the top playmakers in the state averaged a career-high 12.4 points to help West High to a 21-4 record and spot in the Class 5A state tournament.
Saunders shot 36 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent from the free throw line while averaging double-digits for the first time in her career.
A Creighton commit, Saunders scored double figures in 10 of her final 11 games, including a 16-point, 8-rebound performance in the regional finals that sent West High back to the state tournament for the second time in three seasons.
Saunders averaged 3.3 rebounds and ranked second on the team with two assists per game while earning first team MVC all-divisional honors and third-team all-state honors from the Iowa Newspaper Association.
One of the top defenders in 5A, Saunders averaged 1.8 steals per game.