Your Prep Sports
The Your Prep Sports girls basketball team honors eight of the top area players for their performance this season.
This season’s edition of the Your Prep Sports squad features all-state and all-conference selections, Division I recruits, state tournament qualifiers, all-tournament team members, school record holders and 1,000-point scorers.
There are a pair of repeat selections on the 2021 squad with West Branch senior Sasha Koenig and West High senior Audrey Koch both appearing on the team for the second time.
Koch is the captain of the 2021 team after ranking in the top 10 in Class 5A in scoring and leading West High to the state semifinals for the first time since 2018.
2021 Your Prep Sports Area Girls Basketball Team
Audrey Koch (Captain)
5-10, Sr., West High
A four-year varsity contributor that led the Trojans in scoring each of the past three seasons Koch leaves West High with a career resume that ranks among the most impressive in program history.
Koch is a three-time unanimous all-division selection in the Mississippi Valley Conference and was named MVC Valley Division player of the year each of the past two seasons.
A three-time all-state selection, Koch earned first-team honors from both the Iowa Girls Coaches Association and Iowa Print Sports Writers Association this season.
She was a member of the 2018 state title team, helped West High reach the state semifinals this season and closed her career with 1,250 points and 458 rebounds.
Koch capped a career filled with steady improvement with a senior season in which she ranked seventh in Class 5A in scoring at 18.9 points per game while shooting career-bests 58 percent from the field and 83 percent from the free throw line.
A Providence recruit, Koch shot 39 percent from 3-point range and averaged 5.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game while leading West High to a 14-4 record.
5-5, Sr., West Branch
One of the best pure point guards in the state Koenig leaves West Branch as one of the best to ever wear a Bear uniform.
A three-time River Valley Conference Elite Team member, Koenig was a first-team all-state selection by both the IGCA and IPSWA for the second consecutive season.
One of only two players in the state to average 20 points and five assists this season, Koenig ranked eighth in Class 2A in scoring (20.2) and fifth in assists (5.5) while leading West Branch to a 21-2 record that included the first state tournament win in program history.
A Bradley recruit, Koenig averaged 4.4 rebounds and 3 steals per game as a senior and was named to the Class 2A all-tournament team after averaging 13.5 points, 6.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds in two state tournament games.
A four-year starter, Koenig amassed 1,445 points, 354 rebounds, 434 assists and 268 steals in her prep career helping West Branch to a 74-18 record including a combined 42-6 record the past two seasons as the Bears posted the first back-to-back state tournament berths in program history.
In 92 career games Koenig averaged 15.7 points, 4.7 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.9 steals.
5-10, Soph., City High
One of the biggest breakthrough performers of 2021 Joens has wasted little time establishing herself as one of the top scorers in the state.
After averaging 10.5 points per game as a freshman Joens ranked eighth in Class 5A in scoring at with 18.7 points per game this season while earning second-team all-state honors from both the IGCA and IPSWA.
A unanimous MVC Mississippi Division first-team pick, Joens scored in double figures in all 15 games this season, scoring 20 or more points six times including a career-high 30 against West High in the season opener.
The 5-foot-10 guard showed the ability to score from all three levels this season, shooting 40 percent from the field and 76 percent from the free throw line.
Joens also averaged a career-high 5.5 rebounds per game and led the Little Hawks with 3.3 assists and 2 steals per game.
5-9, Fr., Solon
One of the top young talents in the state Levin burst onto the prep scene with a debut season as impressive as any in recent history.
The freshman point guard was one of only 2 players in the state to average at least 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 3.5 assists per game this season leading Solon to a 17-6 record, a WAMAC Conference title and a spot in the Class 3A regional title game.
Levin was named WAMAC East Division player of the year and was a Class 3A first-team all-state selection by the IGCA.
The 5-foot-9 Levin ranked seventh in 3A in scoring at 19 points per game which was the highest scoring average for a freshman in the state this season.
Levin was efficient, shooting 47 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free throw line and made a team-high 40 3-pointers while shooting at 31 percent clip from beyond the arc.
She also ranked second on the team with 5 rebounds per game and led the Spartans with 4 steals and 3.7 assists per contest.
6-0, Jr., Clear Creek Amana
Already a three-year starter Clubb took her game to another level this season while leading Clear Creek Amana to a 17-5 record and a second consecutive WAMAC Conference title.
One of only five players in Class 4A to average a double-double for the season, Clubb posted career highs of 11.7 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game while shooting a career-best 52 percent from the field.
A two-time unanimous WAMAC West Division selection Clubb earned second-team all-state honors from the IPSWA after a strong junior season in which she ranked sixth in 4A in both rebounds and blocked shots.
Among the top defenders in 4A, Clubb also averaged 1.7 steals per game while playing both in the post and on the perimeter.
Perhaps most impressive, Clubb led the Clippers with 2.8 assists per game after spending her first two seasons playing primarily in the post.
5-11, Jr., City High
Richardson emerged as a big-time playmaker during a breakthrough junior season in which she staked a claim as one of the top juniors in Class 5A.
After averaging 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore Richardson flourished in an expanded role this season averaging 14.3 points and a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game.
A well-rounded offensive weapon, the 5-foot-11 Richardson shot 47 percent from the field including 32 percent from beyond the 3-point line but was at her best on the low block where her combination of strength and athleticism make her handful for opposing defenders.
Richardson earned third-team all-state honors from the IPSWA and was a second-team MVC all-division selection this season after ranking second on the team with 2.7 assists per game to go with her career-highs in scoring and rebounding.
5-5, Sr., West High
A playmaking point guard with a reputation for hitting big shots Tellis helped West High cap an impressive four-year run with a trip to the state semifinals this season.
Tellis earned first-team all-division honors from the MVC and was a second-team all-state selection by the IGCA after averaging 11.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game.
A strong perimeter defender, Tellis took her offensive game to new heights this season shooting a career-best 41 percent from 3-point range while averaging a career-high 11.2 points.
She was at her best in the postseason, scoring 15 points in a regional final win over Davenport North and averaging 11 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2 assists in two state tournament games on her way to being named to the 5A all-tournament team.
A four-year varsity contributor and three-year starter, Tellis helped West High to a 67-22 mark the past four seasons, a stretch that included a pair of state semifinal appearances and a state title in 2018.
5-7, Sr., Regina
A four-sport athlete headed to Kirkwood to play softball, Gahan established herself as a major weapon on the basketball court over the past two seasons.
Gahan built off a strong junior season with a stellar senior campaign in which she led Regina in scoring at 15.1 points per game and was named to the River Valley Conference Elite Team for the first time.
The 5-foot-7 Gahan did a little bit of everything this season while helping Regina to a 12-8 record and a berth in a 2A regional final.
Gahan led Regina with 2.9 steals and ranked second on the team with 4.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
The senior guard shot 42 percent from the field and 78 percent from the free throw line and was at her best in the big moments, averaging 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in back-to-back postseason road wins that sent Regina to the regional final.
*- Team Captain