Greene County's Jesse Miller (with ball) was selected to the All-Heart of Iowa Conference first team after leading the Rams in rebounding (7.6 per game), shooting percentage (48.7 percent) and blocks (1.1 per game). Greene County finished third in the league with a 7-7 record.  JEFFERSON HERALD FILE PHOTO Greene County's Richard Daugherty (with ball) was named to the Heart of Iowa Conference first team after leading the Rams in points per game (18), three-pointers made (73) as well as assists (3.9) and steals (2).  JEFFERSON HERALD FILE PHOTO

Daugherty, Miller named to All-HOIC first team after leading Rams to third place finish

By Brandon Hurley
Managing Editor

A pair of Greene County seniors were honored with first team, all-Heart of Iowa Conference honors following the completion of last week’s boys’ state tournament.

Richard Daugherty and Jesse Miller helped spark the Rams to a third place finish in league play with a 7-7 record. State tournament-qualifier Roland-Story took home the team crown with a perfect 14-0 record while Nevada finished runner-up at 11-3.

Daugherty capped a historic career with the Rams last month, drilling 73 three-pointers during the 2022-23 season (third in the HOIC), the second-most single season threes in school history, behind only Trey Hinote’s 86 in 2019. Daugherty’s 18 points per game were second most in the league behind Nevda’s Jacob Khounsourath, who poured in 18.7 points per contest.

Daugherty also averaged 5.3 rebounds per game to go with a team-best 3.9 assists per game (fifth in the HOIC) in addition to the fifth-most steals per game with two.

Miller often filled the stat sheet throughout his four-year career, leading the Rams in rebounding (7.6 rebounds per game - sixth in the HOIC), blocks (1.1 per game - sixth) and shooting percentage (48.7 percent - eighth) while contributing 12.7 points per game, the eighth-best average in the league.   
Miller tallied a team-high 23 points in his final game at Greene County, nailing a trio of three-pointers to go with nine rebounds and four assists in the Rams’ district loss to Kuemper Catholic Feb. 18. The Rams finished 10-13 overall, falling in the second round of district play.

Miller was hot when it counted, averaging 22 points per game during postseason play this winter, scoring a game-high 21 points (9-of-15 shooting) in the Rams’ first round win over Woodward-Granger. He recorded a double-double, pulling down 10 boards, pushing his postseason average to 9.5 rebounds per contest.

Greene County teammates Gabe Ebersole and Patrick Daugherty were named all-HOIC honorable mention.

Daugherty was also named to the IBCA all-substate team after helping the Rams knock off Woodward-Granger, 68-46 in the first round of Class 2A postseason play. The senior scored 20 points thanks to a trio of three-pointers while he hauled in four rebounds and two steals.

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