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Audrey Koch and Sasha Koenig share many of the same basketball characteristics that make them two of the best players in the state.
Both have vast skill sets and include the ability to impact the game on both ends of the court through scoring, passing or defending.
The similarities don’t stop with on-court qualities.
Both seniors are 1,000-point career scorers and Division I signees and both ranked in the top 10 in their respective class in scoring this season while leading their teams to the state semifinals.
On Tuesday Koenig and Koch were both named first-team all-state by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.
Koch was named to the IPSWA Class 5A first-team for the first time in her career following a senior season in which she ranked seventh in 5A in scoring at 19.1 points per game.
A Providence signee, Koch was seventh in 5A in field goal percentage, shooting 58 percent from the field while helping West High to a 14-4 record and a spot in the 5A semifinals.
Koch was a third-team all-state pick as a sophomore and a second-team selection last season before earning first-team honors this year when she averaged 5.9 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.2 assists per game.
Koenig was first-team selection in 2A by the IPSWA for the second consecutive season after averaging a career-high 20.2 points per game while leading West Branch to a 21-2 record and the first state semifinal appearance in program history.
A Bradley signee, Koenig was one of only two players state wide to averaging 20 points and 5 assists per game ranking fifth in 2A with 5.5 assists per contest.
The senior point guard average 4.4 rebounds and 3 steals per contest.
West High senior Matayia Tellis, City High junior Eviyon Richardson and City High sophomore Kelsey Joens all earned all-state honors for the first time from the IPSWA.
Joens was a second-team selection in Class 5A following a breakthrough season in which she ranked eighth in 5A in scoring at 18.7 points per game and led City High with 3.3 assists and 2 steals per game.
The 5-foot-10 Joens also averaged 5.5 rebounds per game and shot 76 percent from the free throw line while leading 5A with 4.9 made free throws per contest.
Richardson and Tellis were each third-team selections in Class 5A.
Tellis averaged 11.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and a team-high 2.6 steals per game for West High.
Richardson averaged career-highs in points (14.3), rebounds (7.8) and assists (2.7) and shot 47 percent from the field while helping City High to a 10-5 record.
Clear Creek Amana junior Calia Clubb and Solon freshman Callie Levin each earned all-state honors for the first time.
Clubb was a second-team selection in Class 4A while Levin was a 3A second-team pick.
The 6-foot Clubb was one of five players in 4A to average a double-double, putting up 11.7 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.
Clubb ranked sixth in 4A in rebounding and blocked shots averaging 1.9 blocks per game.
Levin led Solon in scoring, assists and steals while shooting a team-high 47 percent from the field in her debut season.
The freshman point guard averaged 19 points, 3.7 assists and four steals per game while helping the Spartans to a 17-6 record and a spot in the Class 3A regional final.
Waukee senior Katie Dinnebier was named Miss Iowa Basketball for 2021 after leading the Warriors to the Class 5A state title.
A Drake signee, Dinnebier averaged 19.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3.5 steals per game while shooting 56 percent from the field.
Iowa Print Sports Writers Association All-State Basketball Teams
First Team – Katie Dinnebier, Sr., Waukee; Anaya Barney, Sr., Cedar Falls; Grace Larkins, Sr., Southeast Polk; Jada Gyamfi, Jr., Johnston; Audrey Koch, Sr, West High; Halli Poock, Soph., Waterloo West; Sahara Williams, Soph., Waterloo West; Hannah Stuelke, Jr., Cedar Rapids Washington
Second Team – Maggie Phipps, Sr., Ankeny Centennial; Arianna Jackson, Soph., Des Moines Roosevelt; Caroline Waite, Sr., Ames; Kelsey Joens, Soph., City High; Lexi Boles, Sr., West Des Moines Dowling; Peyton Kelderman, Sr., Waukee; Bella Sims, Sr., Davenport North; Sydney Mitvalsky, Sr., Cedar Rapids Washington
Third Team – Aili Tanke, Fr., Johnston; Hattie Aanestad, Soph., Bettendorf; Matayia Tellis, Sr., West High; Sophia Barrett, Sr., Cedar Rapids Kennedy; Eviyon Richardson, Jr., City High; Emma Gipple, Jr., West Des Moines Dowling; Reagan Bartholomew, Jr., Waukee; Ashley Iiams, Sr., Ames
First Team – Abbie Draper, Sr., Waverly-Shell Rock; Taylor Veach, Jr., Central DeWitt; Katelyn Lappe, Jr., Bondurant-Farrar; Jenna Hopp, Soph., Glenwood; Allison Meadows, Jr., Central DeWitt; Ella Van Weelden, Sr., Marion; Molly Ihle, Sr., Ballard; Ava Hawthorne, Jr., Gilbert
Second Team – Ashley Fountain, Sr., North Scott; Emma Donovan, Soph., Dubuque Wahlert; Jenna Twedt, Soph., Benton Community; Calia Clubb, Jr., Clear Creek Amana; Madison Camden, Jr., Glenwood; Paige Andersen, Sr., Denison-Schleswig; Emma Miner, Soph., Dallas Center-Grimes; Ivey Schmidt, Jr., Grinnell
Third Team – Kelsey Fields, Sr., Creston; Malarie Ross, Jr., Fort Madison; Sadie Struchen, Jr., Marion; Lexi Turner, Soph., Cedar Rapids Xavier; Andrea Lopreato, Soph., Mount Pleasant; Brooke Loewe, Jr., Ballard; Claire Schmitz, Jr., Harlan; Samantha Scott, Sr., North Scott
First Team – Maggie Wilkins, Sr., Knoxville; Grace Schoonhoven, Soph., Unity Christian; Janie Schoonhoven, Sr., Unity Christian; Brooklyn Meyer, Jr., West Lyon; JeMae Nichols, Sr., Cherokee; Macy Daufeldt, Jr., West Liberty; Ryley Goebel, Jr., Center Point-Urbana; Mya Merschman, Sr., Central Lee
Second Team – Moriah Prewitt, Sr., Des Moines Christian; Jaydan Nitchals, Jr., Estherville-Lincoln Central; Callie Levin, Fr., Solon; Gabrielle Guilford, Sr., Monticello; Haley Rasmussen, Sr., Atlantic; Katy Reyerson, Soph., West Marshall; Payton Beckman, Jr., Panorama; Sydney Marlow, Sr., West Burlington
Third Team – Dani Johnston, Sr., Osage; Claire Mathews, Sr., Centerville; Finley Hall, Soph., West Liberty; Regan Barkema, Jr., Roland-Story; Jaden Ainley, Jr., Clear Lake; Lucy Howes-Vonstein, Sr., Vinton-Shellsburg; Kenley Meis, Soph., Sioux City Heelan; Kendal Clark, Sr., Humboldt
First Team – Ella Imler, Sr., Maquoketa Valley; Emerson Whittenbaugh, Sr., Maquoketa Valley; Isabel Manning, Sr., Van Buren; Kamryn Kurt, Fr., North Linn; Maddax DeVault, Jr., Nodaway Valley; Rachel Leerar, Sr., West Hancock; Sasha Koenig, Sr., West Branch; Sophia Hoffmann, Jr., Dike-New Hartford
Second Team – Ali Vesely, Sr., Waterloo Columbus; Ellie Ware, Sr., North Linn; Kelsey Drake, Jr., Wilton; Kennedy Kelly, Jr., West Hancock; Lindsey Davis, Fr., Nodaway Valley; Mallory McCall, Sr., West Monona; Payton Petersen, Fr., Dike-New Hartford; Taya Tucker, Sr., Maquoketa Valley
Third Team – Alison Van Gorp, Sr., Pella Christian; Kailey Jones, Sr., AHSTW; Abbie Schany, Sr., Emmetsburg; Abby Heemstra, Sr., Rock Valley; Hannah Dau, Sr., South O’Brien; Hayden Heimensen, Sr., Central Lyon; Lainey Thoren, Jr., Grundy Center; Morgan Brandt, Jr., Sumner-Fredericksburg
First Team – Audi Crooks, Soph., Algona Garrigan; Molly Joyce, Soph., Algona Garrigan; Macy Sievers, Jr., Newell-Fonda; Cassidy Nelson, Sr., Lenox; Elise Boulton, Sr., Montezuma; Hali Anderson, Sr., Saint Ansgar; Macy Emgarten, Jr., Exira-EHK; Lauren Wilson, Jr., Springville
Second Team – Quinn Grubbs, Soph., Exira-EHK; Danielle Hoyle, Sr., Paton-Churdan; TJ Stoaks, Sr., Lenox; Kaylyn Meyers, Sr., Algona Garrigan; Bailey Sievers, Jr., Newell-Fonda; Taylor Harpenau, Jr., MMCRU; Reagan Franzen, Sr., Collins-Maxwell; Layla Hargis, Jr., North Mahaska
Third Team – Sara Reid, Jr., Central City; Allie Petry, Sr., Council Bluffs St. Albert; Katy Stephens, JR., Burlington Notre Dame; Emily Dreckman, Jr., MMCRU; Maggie Walker, Sr., Newell-Fonda; McKenzie Goodwin, Jr., Kingsley-Pierson; Aleah Hermansen, Jr., Audubon, Reagan Mudderman, Jr., Kee